We’re all guilty of this: whinging about a change in our neighbourhood with a new building or change we don’t agree with – but not getting involved when the Council’s first consulting over their new planning guidelines. So here’s your chance!
Brisbane City Council is busy writing their new City Plan, the master document that outlines redevelopment of Brisbane. It’s a vision of how we should grow and inevitably some of us will be happy with the outcomes, and some won’t. So have your say.
Council says “By planning we can shape our future. We can balance the need for more spaces for employment, buildings and homes, while protecting our heritage buildings, parks and wildlife, and the lifestyle we love.”
Where should we encourage new jobs and office buildings to be based? What neighbourhoods can accommodate more homes (horizontal and vertical ones) and what dwellings need protecting? Council can’t make developers develop, and the marketplace has its own desires and motivations. Planning can’t ignore those entirely. But the City Plan and its subsequent requirements do spell out the way proposals will be viewed by BCC.
BCC want to focus growth around existing major centres like Indooroopilly, Chermside and Mt Gravatt, and encourage development along major transport corridors. Many of the ideas are not controversial.
Already we’ve heard about proposals to free up inner-city backyards by shuffling character homes on their blocks. Another idea is allowing standard housing to be built to a maximum height of 9.5m, an increase on the current 8.5m. This will open a lot of opportunities to those of us renovating and building a new home. But what about the impact on views of existing homes when neighbours sneak up that extra 1m? We need debate on these important topics.
BCC knows this is a no-win process and adopting a new City Plan means someone will feel they’ve been hard done by. They argue that “under the draft plan, less than seven per cent of Brisbane will experience significant change over the next 20 years.”
But it’s an important 7% and we should all get involved. Visit their website for the community consultation that’s going on right now.