A former research institute site will be the new Yeerongpilly hotspot if current plans for redevelopment proceed.

A draft of plans for the new development has been released for public perusal and comment – get involved with your local area and have your say!

“Our vision is to see a mix of housing types and sizes to suit different lifestyles, and retail outlets including shops, restaurants and offices, all close to the Yeerongpilly train station and other public transport and only six kilometres from the Brisbane CBD,” says Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney. “New public spaces, including parks and plazas as well as cyclist and pedestrian-friendly streets, will combine to create an active-lifestyle community of around 1,500 to 1,700 residents.”

The new community takes the place of the former Animal Research Institute site which was relocated in 2011 after more than a century of contribution to veterinary science.

“We committed at the election to deliver better infrastructure and planning and this announcement helps us fulfil that promise,” says Seeney. “This development has the potential to create hundreds of jobs during construction and more opportunities in the retail space on completion, boosting the local economy.”

Due to the extensive flooding of the Yeronga area (including part of the Yeerongpilly site) during recent extreme weather events such as the 2011 floods, there has been special consideration and requirements put in place in preparation for any future severe weather events.

“It’s important to note that the risk of flooding has been well understood from the outset of planning for this development and this has influenced where development will occur, and the levels at which buildings, roads and services will be constructed,” Seeney says. “In 2011, just over half the site was affected by the floods and this required us to rethink how we can deliver the development while reducing the risk and not impacting surrounding properties.”

This includes restrictions from the City Plan 2000 that stipulate all new buildings must have habitable floor levels at least half a metre above the January 2011 flood level (any new access roads must also be at this level) as part of the Brisbane Interim Flood Response.

“Consistent with the rest of Brisbane, the part of the site that wasn’t affected may be developed at ground level, subject to standard council conditions regarding building floor levels,” says Seeney. “All development on the site will need to comply with the current local and state standards.”

Want your say on the proposal? Head to www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/yeerongpillytod to read the plans in full then email yeerongpillytod@dsdip.qld.gov.au or phone 13 74 68 to make a submission before the 14 March 2014 deadline.