Public to have their say on Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area draft guidelines

Date published: 30 May 2018

Public consultation on the new draft guidelines for future developments in the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) will begin on Friday.

The draft guidelines will provide clarity on what types of buildings and design standards can be used in future developments throughout the PDA including public spaces such as walkways and parks.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said community members and businesses would have the chance to submit feedback on the draft guidelines.

“These guidelines will provide clear instructions about what design standards should be used for future projects within the Waterfront Priority Development Area,” Cr Hill said.

“The Priority Development Area will help encourage development along the Ross Creek and we want to make sure the design of any future project fits with the vision for our city and is suitable for Townsville’s tropical climate.”

Deputy Mayor and Planning and Development Committee Chair Cr Les Walker said the draft guidelines were consistent with Council’s Townsville 2020 vision.

“Townsville 2020 provides a clear vision for our city and these guidelines will help provide clarity for what sort of future projects we want in the PDA,” Cr Walker said.

“The PDA has been important in securing major projects like the $250 million North Queensland Stadium and the proposed new high-end hotel from Double Tree by Hilton.

“Hundreds of millions of dollars are already being invested in the Waterfront Priority Development Area and that is only going to increase into the future – so that’s why it is so important to get these guidelines right.

“Providing this clarity for future projects will ensure we get the right developments that provide the most benefit for the community throughout the Waterfront PDA.

“The guidelines will help provide certainty for businesses looking to invest in revitalising the city’s waterfront areas along the Ross Creek.

“Getting the guidelines right will ensure that businesses have the confidence they need to put forward new projects that will transform part of Townsville’s CBD.”

The community consultation period for the Draft Design Guidelines will be 20 business days, which starts on Friday.

More information will be posted – with a link to a submission form – on Council’s website from Friday.