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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    TOD assessment extended

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Tuesday, May 18, 2010

    TOD assessment extended

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe will continue to assess a proposed transit oriented development (TOD) at Railway Terrace, Milton.

    Mr Hinchliffe said he called-in the proposed 31-storey development on grounds of state interest and to allow the project to be reassessed ahead of lengthy court action that could jeopardise the potential development. He said a decision was expected today but the deadline had been extended by 20 business days to allow for further consideration of the proposal.

    “I have approved the extension to allow for further consideration of advice provided by the Board of Urban Places as part of the assessment,’’ Mr Hinchliffe.

    “The Board of Urban Places was established to support high-quality urban design and help foster a holistic approach to land use and infrastructure planning.

    “While the board can’t set conditions for this development, I believe the significance of this project warrants further consideration of these aspects.

    “While I have extended by 20 business days, it’s my preference that the assessment be completed as soon as possible.’’

    The proposed development was called-in on April 16.

    “The proposed transit orientated development adjacent to Milton Station which could provide access to high quality public transport for the entire precinct as it directly adjoins Milton Station and Railway Terrace,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “A cornerstone of the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 is the improved integration between land use and transport.’’

    A TOD is a mixed-use precinct built walking distance from an existing or future rail, light rail or busway station that allows people to live, work and play closer to central Brisbane with reduced reliance on cars. The proposed development is comprised of 303 residential units and office/gym, retail, restaurant and railway activities. The development could also provide significant station upgrades including station access, platforms, community artwork and ticket offices.

    On 3 February 2010 the Brisbane City Council (BCC) approved a development application by FKP for the mixed-use development at Cribb Street and Railway Terrace Milton. This approval was due to be appealed in the Planning and Environment Court by a local resident’s action group due to concerns regarding compliance with the town plan.

    Call-in powers are available to the Planning Minister under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and allow the Minister to decide an application in place of the relevant local government. The Planning Minister can ‘call-in’ a development based on State Interest Grounds.

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