Shaping our neighbourhood

Please note: Council is now operating under the Planning Act 2016, which supersedes the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. For more information on the Act and how this may affect you, view council's Planning Reform page.

The Townsville City Plan reshapes and reevaluates how our city will cater for our expected growth. It harnesses our urban footprint and focuses on creating opportunities for inner city living in and around our major activity centres.

Council estimates Townsville will need over 45,000 new houses within the next 25 years. Over the long-term planning horizon, Townsville’s population will change with the emergence of a range of family structures and sizes and the general ageing of the population. This will be addressed by encouraging a range of housing types, diversity in lot sizes, housing choice and affordability integrated with open spaces, convenience centres and public transport links.

Locations for significant infill development include the principal centre (CBD) and surrounds, North Ward, Aitkenvale, Thuringowa Central and Hyde Park major activity centres. This infill development will boast a wide range of housing choices, taking advantage of nearby amenities and existing or planned public transport, and will create more compact, walkable and vibrant urban neighbourhoods.

Explore the Elements of Townsville's Smart Growth Strategy

Principal Centre (Townsville CBD)

The revitalisation of the central business district (CBD) into a more vibrant and cosmopolitan place will be a cornerstone of Townsville's evolution.

Download a copy of the Principle Centre CBD Information Sheet (PDF)

Aitkenvale Activity Centre


The Aitkenvale major activity centre will evolve to include higher density housing with other accommodation options, utilising nearby community facilities and public transport and become a compact, walkable and vibrant mixed use urban neighbourhood.

Download a copy of the Aitkenvale Information Sheet (PDF)

North Ward Activity Centre

Due to high amenity offered by The Strand, and its proximity to the CBD. North Ward offers huge opportunities for more people to live in and enjoy the area.

Download a copy of the North Ward Information Sheet (PDF)

Thuringowa Central Activity Centre

The Thuringowa Central major activity centre will evolve and host higher density housing with other accommodation options, utilise nearby community facilities and public transport, and become a compact, walkable and vibrant mixed use urban environment.

Download a copy of the Thuringowa Central Information Sheet (PDF)