Council submission on Draft SEQ Regional Plan - 'Shaping SEQ' 2016
  • Last updated:
  • 19 Oct 2017

A submission has been made by council to the Queensland Government on the draft South East Queensland (SEQ) Regional Plan 2016 ('ShapingSEQ’).


The draft SEQ Regional Plan 2016 will guide how council accommodates and plans for long term growth in SEQ and will play a big part in shaping the Sunshine Coast’s future.  The draft plan, once finalised, will replace the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031.

Community engagement

The Queensland Government sought community feedback on the draft SEQ Regional Plan 2016 from November 2016 to 3 March 2017.

Through consultation with the community over many years, council has been well-placed to advocate to the Queensland Government on the key issues for managing the future growth of the Sunshine Coast. These positions are further outlined in the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 and the Preliminary Submission to the SEQ Regional Plan review 2014.

During consultation on the draft plan, council encouraged the community to make a submission having regard to council’s planning documents. A video was also produced outlining council’s planning for the region and why we need to protect the inter-urban break in perpetuity (as opposed to aspects of the draft SEQ Regional Plan vision). 

Council submission

The key issues in council’s submission to the draft plan are outlined in an Overview paper[229KB].

Council is supportive of some of the new proposals in the draft plan, notably:-

  • the identification and protection of the inter-urban break
  • a shift towards infill development in existing urban areas
  • a greater focus on planning for employment
  • identification of regional biodiversity corridors.

There are also a number of issues that council would like addressed in the final SEQ Regional Plan, including:-

  • identifying the full extent of the inter-urban break
  • protecting the inter-urban break in perpetuity
  • removing Halls Creek as a Potential Future Growth Area
  • improving Areas of Regional Economic Significance
  • recognising planning for the Sunshine Coast Airport as an aviation precinct
  • clarifying structure planning arrangements for Beerwah East .

The full council submission is available to download here[5529KB].

Where to from here?

The Queensland Government is reviewing submissions to the draft SEQ Regional Plan 2016 and it is expected that the draft plan will be finalised in mid-2017.


For more information about council's submission, please contact the project co-ordinator via council's customer service centre.

For more more information on the draft SEQ Regional Plan 2016, please refer to the State Government's website