Moreton Bay Regional Council is working to better understand the environmental health impacts and economic value of the Narangba Innovation Precinct to guide future planning decisions about development in and around the precinct.
Located in Narangba to the east and west of the Bruce Highway, the precinct is a major enterprise and industrial area catering for large-scale, hard-to-locate industries and is a significant contributor to the Moreton Bay Region's economy.
Over time, the area surrounding the precinct has changed and Council is looking to develop a land use policy position to respond to this. A land use policy position is about having a direction for how an area will develop in the future. Any future policy position will need to balance the protection and viability of industry activities in the precinct with the safety, health and amenity of surrounding areas.
The policy position will be informed by environmental health and economic value investigations into the industrial activities and operations in precinct. This will in turn inform any potential future amendment to Council’s current planning scheme, the Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) Planning Scheme 2016.
This study is being undertaken in response to the Queensland Government’s Narangba Innovation Precinct (East) Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI), which was implemented by the Planning Minister in July 2020. The current TLPI is due to expire on 3 July 2022. Council has recently taken steps to remake the TLPI. The proposed new TLPI is a replica of the current instrument with only minor administrative changes made to dates and the presentation of Figure A. The proposed new TLPI will continue to provide certainty to industry operators in conjunction with appropriately managing community health and safety, while a long-term policy position is prepared and implemented through a planning scheme amendment. The new TLPI is proposed to continue for another two years or until planning scheme amendments are completed, whichever comes sooner.
To inform these potential future planning scheme amendments, Council is committed to a process that relies on accurate and up-to-date data and information from a range of investigations and stakeholder feedback to understand what is happening within and around the precinct.
Council has engaged independent consultants to undertake the environmental health and economic value investigations and stakeholder and community engagement components of this study.
Environmental health investigations
An initial review of existing environmental health studies and air quality monitoring data has been undertaken. This has found further technical investigations are required into the current operating conditions within and around the precinct. This is mainly due to changes that have occurred both within and around the precinct over many years. These investigations are currently underway and include updated assessments of air quality, noise, health and fire/explosion risk.
A key study that formed part of the initial review was the Narangba Industrial Estate Health Impact Assessment, prepared by Queensland Health in 2011. Since then, some industries have expanded, relocated or changed the way they operate, and residential development has continued to occur. Relevant legislation, guidelines and standards have also changed. The environmental health investigations will respond to these changes within and around the precinct.
The investigations are complex and ongoing and Council will work through the findings in the coming months.
Economic value investigations
The economic value investigations are now complete. Throughout 2021, Lucid Economics an independent consultant, explored the contribution industries and businesses within the precinct make to the local economy. Overall, it was found the precinct currently contributes significantly to local, regional and state economies and employment. With greater business certainty, future opportunities may contribute even further. More information about the findings, including a copy of the Narangba Innovation Precinct Economic Assessment report, can be found here.
What will these investigations tell us?
The findings of the technical investigations will enable Council to better plan for, and make decisions about, future development within the precinct and its surrounds, using the best available information.
Once Council has received and reviewed all the consultants’ final reports, a draft policy position will be developed to respond to the TLPI and inform a future planning scheme amendment.
Keeping stakeholders and community informed
Council plans to work through the investigation findings as they come to hand in the coming months and prepare a draft policy position. Council will then determine the next steps. At this point, Council will let you know how we will engage with the community and stakeholders.
Council encourages you to register your interest in the study to be kept updated and notified about any future opportunities to have your say.
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