Why is Caboolture West significant to SEQ?

    Over the next 40 years, Caboolture West will become a new regional city that will be home to approximately 70,000 people, accommodate 30,000 new homes, provide access to 17,000 job opportunities and will play an significant role in addressing population growth in the Moreton Bay region.

    The Queensland Government has nominated Caboolture West to be a pilot project to assist in unlocking land for much needed housing as well as to inform the preparation of new legislation for prirority growth areas.

    The area known as Caboolture West comprises approximately 3,480 hectares in the Moreton Bay Regional Council localities of Rocksberg, Upper Caboolbture, Bellmere, Moodlu and Wamuran. The Moreton Bay Regional Council planning scheme includes the area as the Caboolture West Local Plan.

    Caboolture West is identified as a major expansion area in the Shaping SEQ South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017 and is the largest greenfield development  area planned for the Moreton Bay region.

    How will planning for Caboolture West help accommodate future growth in SEQ?

    The Queensland Government is leading the planning for Caboolture West in partnership with Moreton Bay Regional Council to help accelerate the delivery of a well-planned, sustainable, resilient and serviced community in an area of high growth and demand.

    The Queensland Government has been working closely with the Moreton Bay Regional Council, infrastructure providers and landowners to coordinate overall land use and infrastructure planning for the area.

    This recent work has built on the extensive planning work previously undertaken by Moreton Bay Regional Council for the Caboolture West Local Plan.

    What is the Caboolture West Interim Structure Plan (CWISP)?

    The draft Caboolture West Interim Structure Plan (CWISP) is an early release of overall planning for the area that will ensure orderely development for housing, infrastructure, services, parks, centres, schools and environmental corridors.

    The CWISP will ensure that Queensland Government interests in the delivery of diverse and affordable housing,  liveable communities and the integration of infrastructure are fulfilled. 

    It will guide the finalisation of development applications which are already being considered by the Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Queensland Government.

    The CWISP will ensure that these early development proposals make provision for infrastructure, services and facilities that are needed to support the newly developing community.   This will ensure that early stages of Caboolture West contribute to its long term vision of becoming a well-planned, well-serviced new community.

    The CWISP will be replaced by a more comprehensive Final Structure Plan in around 18 months’ time.

    How is the CWISP being implemented?

    The draft CWISP will be implemented by an amendment to the Planning Regulation 2017 (Regulation) and will operate in conjunction with the Moreton Bay Regional Council planning scheme. 

    The draft CWISP divides Caboolture West into two areas:

    • a Growth Area, which is supported by a interim structure plan map and assessment benchmarks, and
    • an Investigation Area, where changes to existing land uses will continue to be limited for the life of the CWISP.

    The amendment to the Regulation specifies development that will become prohibited both in the CWISP   Growth Area and in the Investigation Area. For example, development, other than for a state school,  will be prohibited on state school sites identified on the CWISP map.  This is being done to ensure that over time, state schools are delivered on well located sites that can be accessed by the future community.  

    The CWSIP will become an assessment benchmark for all future assessable development applications in the Growth Area, despite any existing preliminary approvals.

    The draft CWISP contains a structure plan map and specific assessment benchmarks.  It also ‘calls-up’ other assessment benchmarks within the Moreton Bay Regional Council planning scheme (primarily the Caboolture West local plan).

    Under the CWISP, Moreton Bay Regional Council continues to be the assessment manager for future development applications and there are no changes to the referral triggers for the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA).

    What infrastructure will be delivered in Caboolture West?

    The CWISP structure plan map shows the location of existing or proposed infrastructure and the indicative location of future infrastructure for the Caboolture West Growth Area, including environmental corridors, state school sites, road layouts and the location for neighbourhood centres and hubs to support development of the new community.

    The delivery of infrastructure and services to support the new community will be through existing state and local government processes. 

    The Queensland Government has committed $25 million in loan funding to bring forward water and sewer infrastructure for the first stages of Caboolture West.   The recently signed SEQ City Deal also commits over $210 million towards infrastructure delivery in Caboolture West.

    What will planning deliver in Caboolture West ?

    Over the next 40 years, Caboolture West will become a new regional city that includes:

    • around 70,000 people, who will live in 30,000 new homes with access to 17,000 job opportunities
    • at least 970 hectares of green space including active and passive parks and open spaces, reserves and conservation areas, and water-cycle management areas (such as bioretention features, wetlands, stormwater harvesting and erosion and sediment control infrastructure)
    • extensive green, ecological corridors that will preserve and enhance the creek and waterway systems that traverse the area
    • walkable neighbourhoods with integrated active and public transport networks
    • nine, well located state primary schools and four state secondary schools, as well as other state and community services
    • a network of centres to service resident and community needs including local centres and neighbourhood hubs and a future town centre
    • Next Generation Neighbourhoods delivering diverse and affordable housing choices enabling people to continuing to live in the community as their needs and circumstances change (age-in-place)
    • transport networks facilitating safe, efficient and effective movement and connection of people, goods and services to in, around and to and from the area. 

    Where can I find out about other projects occuring in the area?




    Bruce Highway Western Alternative (Moreton Motorway)

    Department of Transport and Main Roads

    W: www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects/north-brisbane-bruce-highway-western-alternative-planning

    T: 13QGOV (13 74 68)

    Moreton Bay Regional Council planning, project and have your say consultations

    Moreton Bay Regional Council

    W: https://yoursay.moretonbay.qld.gov.au

    T: 3205 0555 or 1300 477 161

    What affordable and public housing will be provided in Caboolture West?

    Progressing land use and infrastructure planning for Caboolture West will help a range of property developers gain planning approvals to bring new residential land to the local market. With supply and demand economics, these additional growth fronts being released in the Moreton Bay region are expected to put downward pressure on the price of land and housing.

    More specifically, the draft Caboolture West Interim Structure Plan (CWISP) requires developers to deliver a mix of lot sizes and housing types in all new neighbourhoods. This ensures that a range of price points are catered for which assists with housing affordability and making a mix of housing types available to suit different community needs. 

    How is koala habitat being protected in Caboolture West?

    The draft CWISP map depicts extensive green corridors that, when ultimately vegetated, will provide habitat and movement corridors for a variety of fauna including koalas. These green corridors tend to be aligned with the system of natural watercourses that historically traverse Caboolture West. The green networks mapped in the CWISP cover areas of existing vegetation that will be preserved and are combined with degraded areas that need rehabilitation and revegetation to achieve the ultimate green corridor outcomes. 

    The state government’s mapping of koala habitats has been drawn on in formulating the CWISP green networks and corridors. In many locations, the mapped koala habitat is incorporated in the green network within the CWISP. Mapped koala habitat that is within the Urban Living Precinct planning area of the CWISP will need to be reconciled through the development assessment process. 

    What is a next generation neighbourhood?

    The Moreton Bay Regional Council Planning Scheme’s Next generation sub-precinct requires new neighbourhoods to: 

    • have a mix of housing (e.g. detached houses on traditional as well as small residential lots, duplexes, townhouses or apartments etc) 
    • locate higher density forms of accommodation in proximity to centres, services, parks and public transport
    • grid-style streets to encourage walking and cycling
    • improved connections to public transport
    • be supported with services and facilities such as schools and shopping
    • be provided with a network of active and passive green spaces and parks.

    What infrastructure is needed to support new development and the future community in Caboolture West?

    The Draft Caboolture West Interim Structure Plan (CWISP) establishes land uses and infrastructure elements to ensure that approved development is well-planned and serviced. The Draft CWISP structure plan map incorporates key infrastructure elements including:

    • the newly gazetted future state-controlled road corridor
    • state school sites
    • stormwater)
    • local road and active transport networks
    • local recreation parks, stormwater basins and environmental corridors.

    Who will fund the infrastructure that needs to be delivered in Caboolture West?

    Property developers who deliver new development within the Caboolture West area will either build essential local infrastructure items or pay infrastructure charges to Moreton Bay Regional Council and Unitywater. 

     The Queensland Government will fund and deliver important infrastructure items such as state transport infrastructure and services, state schools, public health facilities and emergency services

    Establishing a major new growth front requires a considerable amount to money spent of infrastructure in the first few years. To assist with getting this early ’catalyst’ infrastructure happening the Queensland Government has:

    • committed $10 million from the Building Acceleration Fund (BAF) to co-fund water supply and sewerage networks 
    • committed $15 million from its Growth Acceleration Fund towards water and sewer infrastructure
    • partnered with the Commonwealth and Local Governments in the SEQ City Deal towards a $210 million Growth Area Compact for Caboolture West. 

    Who is responsible for delivering infrastructure in Caboolture West?

    Developers, the Moreton Bay Regional Council, Unitywater and various Queensland Government agencies all play a role in delivering and maintaining infrastructure in Caboolture West.

    In accordance with normal development practice, developers would typically be required to provide water, sewer, stormwater, local roads and park infrastructure in accordance with their development approvals. After a period of time, these infrastructure items are then handed over to the council.

    Unitywater plays a lead role in the delivery of trunk water supply and sewerage infrastructure.

    The Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) will deliver future state controlled roads such as the Moreton Motorway while the Department of Education (DoE) will deliver state schools.

    What public or active transport infrastructure is being provided in Caboolture West?

    The draft CWISP map depicts a range of active transport infrastructure such as two way separated bike paths and a network of off-road shared paths that will be provided as development rolls out. These facilities will provide a comprehensive network of walking and cycling paths throughout the residential neighbourhoods of Caboolture West. All of the major roads within Caboolture West will be designed to accommodate buses ensuring that all residences will be within a comfortable walking distance of future bus stops.

    Bellmere Road has also been depicted in the draft CWISP as a primary public transport corridor ensuring it will be developed over time to accommodate high frequency public transport movements. 

    Where will medical facilities be located?

    Medical facilities can be provided within the range of local centres and neighbourhood/community hubs depicted on the draft CWISP map. Requirements for hospitals and government-provided health infrastructure will be further investigated during the formulation of the infrastructure plan that will be part of the Final Structure Plan for Caboolture West.

    What are the expected timeframes for development roll out?

    The Growth Area within the draft CSIWP is based on a footprint of development applications that have already been lodged with the Moreton Bay Regional Council. These applications are still under assessment and need to be cognisant of the land use and infrastructure outcomes depicted in the draft CWISP.  The timing of development with the Growth Area will be determined by the approval of these development applications which will involve resolving how and when water supply, sewerage and other essential infrastructure can be supplied.

    Where will the major employment area be located?

    Major employment areas within Caboolture West will be accommodated within a future town centre and also a major industrial and business precinct. Both of these areas are currently with the Investigation Area of the draft CWISP. The Final Structure Plan, which will be consulted on, will clarify the location, size and scale of these important employment nodes.

    What will the Final Structure Plan do and will I be able to provide comment on it?

    The Final Structure Plan will depict the desired land and infrastructure outcomes for the entire Caboolture West area. When it comes into effect it will replace the CWISP. The Final Structure Plan will also include a comprehensive infrastructure plan outlining the infrastructure necessary for Caboolture West to be a well serviced community. Public consultation will be undertaken when preparing the Final Structure Plan.

    When will the ‘Moreton Motorway’ be built?

    The draft CWISP depicts the alignment of the ‘Moreton Motorway’ which was recently gazetted by the Department of Transport and Main Roads. The timing for the construction of this road has not yet been determined. Detailed transport modelling will be undertaken during the preparation of the Final Structure Plan. This work will inform the timing for transport and other infrastructure that is required to service the roll out of development within Caboolture West.