After a community consultation period that was double the required length, the new draft City Plan is finally here.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council had considered feedback from over 2700 submissions since November 2012, and the new plan will see less than 7 per cent of Brisbane experiencing significant change over the next 20 years with residential growth focused around key retail and transport hubs.
“Brisbane is at the centre of one of the fastest growing regions in Australia and this plan is about balancing the effects of our increasing population with our enviable way of life,” Cr Quirk says. “Under the draft new City Plan, growth will be focused around major shopping centres and along selected transport corridors while maintaining the leafy suburban character of Brisbane’s suburban living areas.”
The new draft is expected to be endorsed by Brisbane City Council in a special meeting next week.
“Through the draft new City Plan, we are ensuring Brisbane is prepared for a jobs and population increase and has the infrastructure to support and create a more diversified economy,” says Cr Quirk.
The past two decades of growth saw Brisbane transform from a regional centre into a global city and with the local economy and population set to continue to increase, a new strategy was needed to balance community needs.
“Brisbane is now at the centre of the fastest growing region in Australia with a thriving economy driving growth across the city,” says Cr Quirk. “The post Expo 88 period has been very good for Brisbane and with the draft new City Plan and our proactive planning for the future, we can ensure that the next 20 years are even better.”
Amendments to the draft include removing the need for a neighbour’s consent before building a built-to-boundary wall in the small lot code, a revision of parking rates for multiple dwellings such as inner-city units (to boost housing options in areas close to services and public transport), and returning to the allowable size for granny flats at 80 square metres.
“By 2031, 4.6 million people will live in South East Queensland and 1.27 million will call Brisbane home, so this plan is about having the necessary provisions in place to support this growth,” says Cr Quirk. “On top of residential growth we will also cater for the forecasted 443,000 jobs in the metropolitan area by 2031.”
This includes changes to industry zoning assessments and enhancements to the interactive mapping facility, which will help potential investors and residents better consider sites with information about potential planning issues like flooding, significant landscape trees and heritage sites now available.
“These changes will encourage housing options and investment across the city, which is vital as part of our responsibility to support South East Queensland’s population growth and Brisbane’s economic development,” says Cr Quirk.
Council will approve a revised draft plan after the conclusion of debate, which will then be returned to the State Government for final approval, which may take several months.