Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area
About the Priority Development Area
The Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) will become effective by regulation on May 25, 2018.
The PDA is approximately 172 hectares and is centrally located within the Mackay urban area and includes land and water along the southern side of the Pioneer River, including the City centre core, and extends east to the adjacent coastal water frontage along Binnington Esplanade (Town Beach).
The PDA is in close proximity to the Mackay Airport, major road infrastructure (Bruce Highway and Peak Downs Highway) and the Port of Mackay.
The Mackay Waterfront PDA was declared to establish the necessary policy framework to support the intended development and community outcomes for the area. The PDA provides opportunities to redevelop the Pioneer River and Binnington Esplanade waterfronts; establishing a precinct for innovation and knowledge based industries; promoting the City centre as a key business hub; and providing exciting and activated streets, places and attractions that improve the city’s liveability, tourism appeal, and investment attraction.
Mackay Regional Council is responsible for planning and development assessment within the PDA and stakeholders are encouraged to contact council if they are seeking information about the PDA.
Mackay Waterfront PDA regulatory framework
The Economic Development Act 2012 (the Act) provides for a streamlined planning and development framework for PDAs to facilitate economic development, and development for community purposes. Once a site is declared under the Economic Development Act 2012, a development scheme for the PDA must be prepared.
Until the PDA development scheme is finalised, development within the PDA is regulated under the Mackay Waterfront PDA Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP).
- Download the Mackay Waterfront PDA Interim Land Use Plan
- Download the Mackay Waterfront PDA regulatory map
Mackay Waterfront PDA Proposed Development Scheme and public notification
Public notification of the proposed development scheme for the Mackay Waterfront PDA will be conducted from Monday, November 5, 2018 to Wednesday, December 19, 2018 (the submission period).
All interested parties including the community, residents and business operators are invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission to the Mackay Regional Council.
This document was prepared by Mackay Regional Council.
Download the Mackay Waterfront PDA Proposed Development Scheme
All submissions received during the submission period will be considered by Mackay Regional Council and the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ). A submissions report will be prepared summarising the submissions received and the merits of those submissions. In some cases, amendments may be made to the proposed development scheme as a consequence of issues raised in submissions.
For further information on how to lodge a submission, download the How to make a submission flyer or visit www.connectingmackay.com.au
Prior to lodgement, applicants are encouraged to contact council to organise a pre-application meeting to discuss conceptual and detailed design proposals. While this is an informal process, pre-application discussions allow developers and the development assessment team to work together under a streamlined assessment process. For a pre-lodgement meeting please contact council via the online pre-application meeting request form.
PDA Development Applications can be lodged to council via the application portal www.mackay.qld.gov.au/business/planning_and_development/online_services/eapplications, email email@example.com, post to the Mackay Regional Council Development Assessment Team, PO Box 41, Mackay QLD 4740, or in person at the Mackay Customer Service Centre at 73 Gordon Street, Mackay.
The relevant development form must be completed and submitted with the PDA development application:
- Development application form
- Extend currency period
- Endorsement of survey plan
- Permanent road closure
- Temporary road closure
For all development enquiries, please either submit an on-line enquiry via http://www.mackay.qld.gov.au/business/planning_and_development/online_services/planning_and_development_enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 1300 622 529, post to the Mackay Regional Council Development Assessment Team, PO Box 41, Mackay QLD 4740, or visit the planning advice counter at the Sir Albert Abbott Administration Building, 73 Gordon Street, Mackay
PDA Development Application fees and charges
PDA Development Application fees are in accordance with council’s Mackay Waterfront PDA Development Application Fees and Charges, which are the same as council’s adopted Cost Recovery Fees and Charges 2017-2018.
Development infrastructure charges are in accordance with council’s Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution.
Mackay Waterfront PDA FAQs
Why was this PDA declared?
The Mackay Waterfront PDA was declared to establish the necessary policy framework to support the PDA vision, Waterfront Masterplan, and the intended development, economic and community outcomes for the area. The redevelopment of the waterfront areas will set the scene for significant urban transformation, improved liveability, job creation, investment attraction, and the diversification of the regional economy.
Who will prepare the Mackay Waterfront PDA development scheme?
The development scheme has been prepared by Mackay Regional Council in consultation with Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) and other state agencies.
In accordance with section 59 of the Economic Development Act 2012, preparation of the development scheme will include public notification. During the submission period, all interested parties including the community, residents, and business operators will be invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission for consideration by the Mackay Regional Council and the Minister for Economic Development Queensland.
Public Notification is currently underway, with the submission period from November 5, 2018 to December 19, 2018.
What is the vision for the Mackay Waterfront PDA?
The vision for the Mackay Waterfront PDA is to build upon the area’s exceptional natural, cultural and heritage assets within the city centre environment as part of an ongoing process of evolution and positive change.
Redevelopment will complement the diverse mix of activities and attractions of the City Centre; and advance the region’s economy to establish a waterfront destination with enhanced recreation, lifestyle, tourism and investment opportunities. The delivery of the vision is to be guided by Council in partnership with the private sector and other government agencies.
Five precincts have been identified within the PDA, each offering unique attributes and redevelopment opportunities specific to their location:
- Precinct 1 - Mackay city centre
- Precinct 2 - Riverside
- Precinct 3 - Enterprise
- Precinct 4 - Queens Park
- Precinct 5 - Beachside.
The Strategic Intent for the Mackay Waterfront PDA is for development to revitalise land and infrastructure within the Mackay city centre, along the Pioneer River waterfront, through Queens Park and along the Binnington Esplanade waterfront, creating social, liveability and economic benefits for the whole community.
New development and infrastructure delivers a diverse mix of activities and attractions, which builds on Mackay’s exceptional natural, cultural and heritage assets; increases the appeal of inner city living; diversifies the economy and boosts investment confidence; positively contributes to Mackay’s identity and community connections; and provides new attractive recreational spaces for the community.
Development will utilise the opportunities provided by the:
- redevelopment of the Pioneer River and Binnington Esplanade waterfronts to deliver vibrant, active and engaging river and ocean waterfront destinations for Mackay and its visitors to visually and physically connect people and places with the water
- growth and advancement of the Mackay city centre as the primary business and innovation centre servicing ongoing population and economic development of Mackay and the Greater Whitsunday Region, which can accommodate new business investment opportunities
- establishment of an innovation and knowledge hub within the Enterprise precinct, which can accommodate new business investment and create employment opportunities that broaden and stabilise Mackay’s economic profile
- rejuvenation of Queens Park as a high amenity lifestyle and leisure destination.
Who will undertake the development assessment for the Mackay Waterfront PDA?
The development assessment powers of the MEDQ under the Economic Development Act 2012 have been delegated to Mackay Regional Council, except for the assessment of State interests. Council will assess development applications against the purposes of the Economic Development Act 2012 and the Mackay Waterfront Interim Land Use Plan. The power to assess State interests has been delegated to Economic Development Queensland. Mackay Regional Council will coordinate referral of applications to Economic Development Queensland for State interest review as part of the development assessment process.
What happens when a development application is made within the Mackay Waterfront PDA?
When lodging a development application to the Mackay Regional Council the application will be assessed against the purposes of the Economic Development Act 2012 and the Mackay Waterfront Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP) until the development scheme has been finalised.
How does the Economic Development Act 2012 development assessment process differ from the Planning Act 2016 development assessment process?
Development applications over land within a PDA are made against the ILUP, instead of the local planning scheme and assessed under the Economic Development Act 2012. Under this Act, the assessment process generally occurs within 40 business days. This timeframe does not include circumstances where there is a need for additional information or public notice of the application.
Development applications over land outside a PDA are made to and assessed by the local government authority under the Planning Act 2012 and the planning scheme.
How can you lodge a PDA development application with Mackay Regional Council?
The forms and processes for lodgement of a PDA development application to Mackay Regional Council can be found above in the Development assessment section of this webpage.
Will the heritage places within the Mackay Waterfront PDA be preserved?
There are nine state-listed and 50 local-listed heritage places identified in the PDA. These heritage places will be preserved and re-purposed with a range of uses that complement and enhance the existing character of the City centre.
Mackay Regional Council has a façade improvement scheme to support the revitalisation of building facades in the City centre. More information can be found on council’s heritage buildings interactive map and the Heritage and character overlay within the Mackay Region Planning Scheme on MiMAPS.
Will council’s Facilitating Development in the Mackay Region Policy apply within the Mackay Waterfront PDA?
Council’s adopted Facilitating Development in the Mackay Region Policy will apply to the range of eligible land uses within the Mackay Waterfront PDA. More information on council’s Policy can be accessed via the policy webpage.