What is Toowoomba Region Futures?
Toowoomba Region Futures is a four and a half year Toowoomba Regional Council program to build a community vision for growth and development in our region for the next 30 years. It will help us:
• define what land can be used for such as housing, farming or industry
• control how land can be developed such as converting an office into a retail shop
• identify infrastructure like water, sewerage and transport networks needed to support existing and emerging communities
• protect our natural, rural and urban landscapes and areas of cultural significance.
Why is Council doing this?
Our region is likely to grow by more than 55,000 over the next 30 years. We’re building a community of the future. It’s important that we plan the services and facilities we’ll need as our region grows. This means planning new infrastructure like roads, water and waste services and facilities like libraries, swimming pools and parks. We also need to work together to protect the landscapes we love and the lifestyle we hold dear.
When will Toowoomba Region Futures start?
Toowoomba Region Futures will be launched on Thursday 11 February 2021.
When will Toowoomba Region Futures be completed?
Toowoomba Region Futures is expected to be completed in late 2024.
What will be delivered through the program?
Toowoomba Region Futures will deliver a Growth Plan, a Toowoomba Region Infrastructure Plan, and a new Toowoomba Region Planning Scheme.
What is the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme?
The Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme is a set of maps and documents prepared by Council to guide how land in the Toowoomba Region can be used and developed. It ensures the right development happens in the right locations and identifies infrastructure like roads, water and sewerage needed to service our region now and into the future. It includes policies and frameworks to protect our natural, rural and urban landscapes and areas of cultural significance.
What is the Toowoomba Region Infrastructure Plan?
The Toowoomba Region Infrastructure Plan (TRIP) is a plan to service our region now and into the future with infrastructure that is necessary to support the anticipated growth in our communities. The TRIP identifies the land and works needed to provide key services, ensuring that development for our people, business and public places work like it is supposed to and keeps our region livable.
What is the Growth Plan?
The Growth Plan will be a clear, coordinated and sustainable long-term population and employment growth strategy for the Region to 2050. It will inform the development of a new Toowoomba Region Planning Scheme and Toowoomba Region Infrastructure Plan. The community will be able to have their say on the plan during 2021.
Who will be involved in the program?
Many people and groups will be involved in planning for the future including Council, state government agencies, community groups, development industry bodies, landowners, business owners and youth representatives. We want to hear from as many people as possible. Toowoomba Region Futures is about understanding the needs and aspirations of all our communities. The region belongs to all of us so let’s all be part of planning for its future.
Will there be opportunities for the community to be involved?
Yes, there’ll be many opportunities for the community to have a say on our region’s growth and development from 2021-2024. Check out yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/tr-futures to find out how you can get involved.