A number of master planned communities (MPCs) have been built or are in the process of being developed in South East Queensland. They provide a useful, accessible and important focus for research into crucial public policy issues and land use planning processes. Master planned communities are characterised as being large scale, private sector driven, integrated housing developments on 'greenfield' suburban sites. The impetus for development comes from an entrepreneur with a vision backed by financial resources, who takes what some see as all the associated risks to gain all the rewards (Gaines, 1992). MPCs usually integrate a mix of housing types, open space and recreation facilities, commercial and service facilities, and sometimes employment opportunities. In the United States' literature each MPC is usually shown to be crafted to promote a certain image and to appeal to a certain clientele (Moudon, 1990).
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