Queensland | Urban
Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), is the state government’s specialist land use planning and property development unit. EDQ drives leadership in property development, addressing urban supply issues and finding purpose for underused government land.
Bringing together multidisciplinary teams - including property experts, planning specialists and quality project support staff – EDQ addresses gaps in the market, delivering affordable and diverse housing and overcomes unique challenges associated with the areas that it aimed to activate. EDQ acts as a vehicle for industry innovation and demonstration, promoting inventive housing products and implementing new planning processes.
Fitzgibbon Chase is a product of this project, offering a vibrant and diverse residential community located 13 kilometres north of Brisbane’s CBD. Launched in 2009, Fitzgibbon Chase has delivered 1,350 homes across 21 stages.
In developing Fitzgibbon Chase, it was important that the project team get the big picture right, the development’s ‘bone structure’. To achieve this, the project team had to balance the need for innovative housing, greenspace, community amenity and transit connectivity, subsequently enabling it to focus on the detail that would set Fitzgibbon Chase apart from other communities.
Part of the success of Fitzgibbon Chase’s planning process was incorporating input from a variety of stakeholders. By engaging early with local organisations and groups, the project team could ensure that its plan reflected local needs, addressed local concerns and struck the right balance between commercial and community goals.
With a comprehensive community engagement framework in place, the team connected with organisations, such as the Fitzgibbon Residents Action Group and other local bushland groups, to address their concerns. The result was a development plan that was sensitive to local community needs.
EDQ additionally engaged with other State Government departments and entities, as well as with local councils, to identify infrastructure and housing concerns and address them in the masterplan. This included working with Brisbane Housing Corporation to create a viable plan for public housing on the Fitzgibbon Chase site.
By engaging with various state and local government stakeholders, as well as community and green groups, the Fitzgibbon Chase team devised a plan to retain a large section of the site as bushland. The bushland would be publicly accessible, while preserving the habitats of local wildlife – an approach that would provide balance to the rest of the development.
Townhouses, multiplexes, ‘Fonzie’ flats and other medium-density products made up the mix of housing diversity at the team’s disposal to achieve EDQ’s commercial goals, while still delivering green space and a liveable community.