COUNCIL has approved four key areas across the city for future densification of commercial and other non-residential developments.
Ipswich city centre and the Springfield town centre have been identified as "Principal Regional Activity Centres".
Ripley town centre and Goodna have been identified as "Major Regional Activity Centres".
Council adopted a change to the planning scheme at the December meeting to provide a blueprint for developers based on its Regional Activity Centres strategy.
Planning and Development Committee Chairman Paul Tully said the strategy identified commercial development centres for major growth areas.
"We know that Ipswich is going to hit 200,000 people in 2017. We are going to double the population according to state government figures within 20 years and it will go beyond that so what we want to do is to set a blueprint for the future so there is a certainty about the commercial development which follows the residential development.
"Ripley Valley is going to rival Springfield in the next 20 years. That is how much development is occurring in our area.
"We want to position Ipswich as the commercial capital of south-east Queensland along the western corridor, the growth corridor where the residential development will continue to trigger the commercial development.
"This is not focussed on height, this is purely non-residential development. That could be anything from churches, schools, hospitals, police stations, resorts or golf clubs."
The strategy notes:
- Ipswich City Centre continue to develop its position as the Regional Capital and the main administrative and cultural centre for the western corridor of south-east Queensland and act as the main retail and commercial centre for Ipswich's central, northern and western suburbs and surrounding rural hinterland.
- Ripley Town Centre service the future urban communities in Ripley Valley and Deebing Creek with an estimated ultimate population of 120,000 people.
- Goodna Centre as the main centre servicing Ipswich's north-eastern suburbs and nearby suburbs in Brisbane such as Wacol.
- Springfield Town Centre as the main centre servicing Ipswich's eastern suburbs and nearby areas in south-west Brisbane such as Forest Lake and north-west Logan such as Greenbank and Browns Plains.
- The strategy notes that the Springfield Town Centre "being a 'greenfield' development area - is well suited to large format and campus style private office development in proximity to core retail and recreational facilities, with significant opportunities for high density living to be integrated into the centre."
- Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the focus on the four major regional activity centres was critical in delivering jobs into the future, particularly in the new era of the digital economy. "To get the jobs and the residential growth you must a have a plan and vision," he said. "By working together we are continuing to attract residential development and new industries."