Parkland Surrendered at Time of Subdivision

The paper explains the legislative and policy basis in Queensland in the early 2000s for surrendering land for public purposes when an allotment is subdivided. This is mostly an option when development approval under a planning scheme is being considered, but is also feasible by other mechanisms. The processes for acquiring and disposing of such parkland are outlined. A set of principles and criteria on which staff can base actions is provided.



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This paper is a working draft that was not considered finalised and was not published by the Department. Also, it is replete with references to the statutory planning and land tenure legislation in operation in Queensland in the late 1990s-early 2000s, after the passage of the (now superseded) Integrated Planning Act 1997. It is included here because there are few known similar guidelines in public circulation and the paper has contemporary value beyond historical interest.
In the late 1990s, the planning profession became enthusiastic about performance-based planning, by which applicants for development were supposed to justify their projects in terms of satisfaction of idealised principles, as distinct from the hitherto prescriptive planning by which applicants were required to satisfy detailed or at least specified standards.
Whether by design or as an unintended consequence, this shift has been beneficial to the property industry and placed public servants on the defensive in attempting to condition developments so that ample public space is brought into public ownership to cater for the needs of new residents.


Addison, Jeremy (Author)


Department of Natural Resources Queensland: 2003