Examples of areas declared urban land development areas include Andergrove at Mackay, Caloundra South, Yarrabilba, and Greater Flagstone.
Can I lodge a submission on the proposed scheme of development?
Yes, the due date for submissions on proposed development schemes for each of Caloundra South, Yarrabilba, and Greater Flagstone is 20 May 2011.
But even if they do, you have no right of appeal to Court if you disagree with the ULDAs decision on a development application.
Does the Vegetation Protection Act 1999 apply to protect vegetation in an ULDA? No.
Even endangered remnant vegetation may be cleared.
DERM is often a concurrent agency if endangered vegetation is proposed to be cleared, but if the land is declared an ULDA, then DERM becomes a mere advice agency, and the ULDA makes the decision on the development scheme and on any individual development applications.
Will any development in the ULDA be low cost housing?
Not necessarily: affordable housing is only one aim of the ULDA and it is not defined what it means.
If there was a new government, could they overturn a declaration of an ULDA Area?
They could change anything by fresh legislation.
But often when governments come in, they make rules that apply to new projects, but do not interfere if a declaration of an area as an Urban Land Development Area has been made and plans are in train for a development scheme. Decisions by the ULDA on development applications may be called in and decided by the State Planning Minister but this is an unlikely to occur as it will be politically controversial.
Here is the link to petition government http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/EPetitions_QLD/CurrentEPetition.aspx?PetNum=1628&lIndex=-1
to amend the legislation to ensure:local authorities, community groups and individual land owners are entitled to have input into the ULDA's decision making processes and that the ULDA is required to fairly consider such input; and the rights to natural justice, particularly the right to appeal to an appropriate court of law, are provided to any body or individual who is aggrieved by any decisions made by the ULDA