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On 9 May 2008 the Mount Peter Master Planned Area was declared. It was approved for public notification on 21 December 2011.

The area is located between Edmonton and Gordonvale (west of the Bruce Highway) in south Cairns. It is primarily a rural area that includes sugar cane farms and a quarry. Declaring Mount Peter as a master planned area is a key component in the delivery of the Far North Queensland regional plan.

The Cairns Regional Council and the Queensland Government are working together to coordinate and manage urban growth in the area. The declaration of Mount Peter Master Planned Area plays a key role in achieving this objective.

Key development targets
Area of master planned area Approximately 3330 hectares in total with a developable area of 1582 hectares
Additional dwellings Approximately 18,500 dwellings
Additional population Approximately 40,000 people
Number of lots dedicated for affordable housing Approximately 10% of total dwellings

Relationship to the Far North Queensland Regional Plan

Mount Peter is recognised in the FNQ Regional Plan as the priority urban growth corridor for Cairns. An ultimate population capacity of up to 50,000 will need to be planned for in the Mount Peter Master Planned Area in the long-term.

The Mount Peter Master Planned Area aims to ensure future growth in the area occurs in a coordinated and efficient way to meet the future needs of the community. The Mount Peter Master Planned Area contains approximately 1582 hectares of potentially developable land, conserving the balance for ecological and environmental protection.

Mount Peter Master Plan Area key dates
Mount Peter Structure Plan
Declaration of master planned area 9 May 2008 and amended on
21 December 2011 (PDF icon 700 KB)
Local government submits structure plan for consideration of state interests 25 May 2010
Minister approves structure plan for public notification 21 December 2011
Project status
Commencement of changes to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009

Note: The Mount Peter structure plan will now be required to be transitioned into Cairns Regional Council's Sustainable Planning Act 2009 planning scheme by following the process stated in Statutory Guideline 02/12 Making and amending local planning instruments.
22 November 2012

Further information

There are six declared master planned areas. View more information on the master planned area process.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions about the Mount Peter Master Planned Area in, please contact the department on (07) 4039 8359 or the Cairns Regional Council on (07) 4044 3044.

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