Ipswich continues to be a solid growth area in the south East. With high-level flooding in recent years forcing the local council to reconsider their development options, it has created a new plan for the city that not only works in a Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) but opens up the city for development on a new scale, and investors are lapping it up.
Ipswich Council has recently identified the Bundamba Creek Catchment values, threats and opportunities as part of future management. They have achieved a strategy of development that allows the use, protection and enhancement of the creek well into the future.
One of the biggest concerns for property owners in Ipswich over the last few decades is flooding, and with a new plan in place that helps to create a resilience of the creek to flood water and surface water contamination.
The Water Sensitive Urban Design attempts to limit the detrimental impacts of developments on the catchments employing water management techniques that mimic nature. In the past, new developments have changed the way that the creek behaved, and the new development plan counterbalances the past mistakes by correcting the original natural flow of the water. In turn, this will create less invasive flooding, which creates a better investment option for developers in the catchment areas.
This simple measure of correcting the creak flow is just part of the new planning legislation State Planning Policy and South East Queensland Regional Plan, as well as the local Draft Ipswich Planning Scheme 2019.
These changes allow Ipswich to actively inspire growth, investment and strategic repositioning. To back the new planning scheme is a $150 million redevelopment of the CBD to include new Council building, a library, open space able to host major events, markets, and similar experiences.
On top of this, the Ipswich Motorsport Park is to undergo a $170 million redevelopment to create a world-class motorsport precinct. The motorsport investment will return more than $700 million in economic and commercial benefits.
Other localised master-planned communities are underway in the Ipswich region also, including Greater Springfield, with a $13.6 billion injection for health services, plus billions more in development funding for hospitals, rail lines, seven high schools, a university campus and many different shopping and industry precincts.
Ripley Valley is another huge development project similar to the Greater Flagstone megacity in Logan City. Ripley Valley will feature enough housing for 120,000 residents, with mixed-use villages and a $1.5 billion town centre.