A message from Ipswich City Council

Greater Springfield is a unique area under planning legislation. It was first identified by the State Government for large-scale residential development when published as a Development Control Plan in 1997. The Local Government (Springfield Zoning) Act 1997 further cemented the role of the Development Control Plan. Over time, the Springfield Development Control Plan has become known as the Springfield Structure Plan, and forms part of Ipswich’s local planning scheme.

Much of the land identified within the Springfield Structure Plan was previously a plantation forest which had undergone significant clearing. Much of this area has regrown since forestry activities stopped and the original masterplanning commenced.

Under the Springfield Structure Plan, a Precinct Plan and Area Development Plan are both required to be submitted to council for approval before any development occurs within the Springfield area. These development applications are not considered impact assessable under the Springfield Structure Plan. While most developments are generally bound by vegetation clearing regulations (under the Vegetation Management Act 1999) and regulatory koala habitat maps, the Springfield Structure Plan is considered exempt under Part 10 Schedule 10 of the Planning Regulations 1997 and Part 6 Division 1 Section 74 of Vegetation Management Act 1999.

In 2015, council received the first development application for Springview Estate, a staged mixed-use development of approximately 240 hectares bounded between Opossum Creek to the west, O’Dwyers Gully to the east and the Springfield Anglican College – Primary School Campus to the south. This is continuing the development pattern that has been planned for this area for almost 30 years. Village 1 was the first of three stages developed, comprising approximately 29.6 hectares located in the south-eastern corner of the estate. Village 2 and 3 are now being assessed by council for the remaining 150 hectares in the estate.

Planning is in place to provide for growth in our community including areas for future development identified for housing, as well as locations and uses recognised as suitable for jobs and services.

2009: Springview Estate 2009 2024: Springview Estate 2024

The above images were taken in 2009 and 2024.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete


    Greater Springfield (including Springview Estate area) reserved for large-scale residential development under the State Government Springfield Development Control Plan.

  • Timeline item 2 - complete


    The consolidated Ipswich Planning Scheme took effect in January 2006. Part 14 of the Ipswich Planning Scheme outlines the Springfield Structure Plan.

  • Timeline item 3 - complete


    Orion Springfield Town Centre opened in March 2007.

  • Timeline item 4 - complete


    An application for approval to clear vegetation for Springview Estate’s first of three villages, Village 1, lodged with the Commonwealth Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).

  • Timeline item 5 - complete


    Village 1 Precinct and Area Development Plans submitted to council as required under the Springfield Structure Plan, including more than 400 homes plus several parks and open spaces.

  • Timeline item 6 - complete


    Application to clear vegetation for Village 1 approved by the Commonwealth Government.

  • Timeline item 7 - complete


    Village 1 Precinct and Area Development Plans approved by council.

  • Timeline item 8 - complete


    Village 1 development proceeds.

  • Timeline item 9 - complete


    Precinct Plan and Area Development plans for Village 2 and 3 submitted to council, outlining intention for more than 800 residential lots.

  • Timeline item 10 - complete

    27 June 2023

    Revised Precinct Plan for both Village 2 and 3 submitted to council. In parallel, assessment continued on Village 2 and Village 3 Area Development Plan, both submitted to council in 2020.

  • Timeline item 11 - complete

    27 June 2023 - 11 July 2023

    Applications reviewed by council, further information requested from the developer, Stockland.

  • Timeline item 12 - complete

    11 July 2023 - 28 September 2023

    Council’s requests reviewed by Stockland for further information regarding the Precinct Plan and Village 2 Area Development Plan and response provided, including an updated ecological assessment report.

  • Timeline item 13 - complete

    September 2023 - March 2024

    Stockland’s information reviewed by council.

  • Timeline item 14 - complete

    February 2024

    Mayor and Councillors briefed in line with standard practice to inform elected representatives on all development applications council receives and their progress.

  • Timeline item 15 - complete

    21 March 2024

    Precinct Plan for Village 2 and 3 approved by council following extensive assessment and consideration.

  • Timeline item 16 - complete

    25-26 March 2024

    Media release issued and decision published on Ipswich First.

  • Timeline item 17 - complete

    24 April 2024

    Council’s decision period commenced regarding Village 2 Area Development Plan. Assessment continuing on the Village 3 Area Development Plan.

  • Timeline item 18 - active

    Mid 2024

    Assessment being finalised.