Brisbane City Council launches consultation process for draft new City Plan

BRISBANE City Council Lord Mayor Graham Quirk this month launched the consultation process for the draft new City Plan, which will plan for the future development of Brisbane by guiding how land can be used and developed in the city.

The Lord Mayor outlined a program of more than 70 information sessions citywide until May 28 to give residents, community groups and businesses an opportunity to learn more about the draft plan and provide feedback.

"The draft new City Plan is an exercise in direct democracy, where people vote on the policy initiatives directly. So this plan will be based on the views and opinions of the 60,000 people who contributed to CityShape, the thousands involved in neighbourhood planning since 2006, and of course the consultation taking place this year," Cr Quirk said.

"We are holding these information and feedback events because we understand that everyone who lives and works in Brisbane has a vested interest in the draft plan, and managing Brisbane's growth."

A formal statutory consultation process – which is expected to occur later in the year and take place over sixty days – will begin when the Queensland Government approves the draft new City Plan.

Under the draft plan, it is envisaged that most residential development will need to be provided in established urban areas. The draft plan proposes concentrating development in and around transport hubs, including:

  • The city centre and inner city;
  • Near employment precincts such as around universities and hospitals;
  • Around eight major shopping centres (Chermside, Carindale, Upper Mount Gravatt, Indooroopilly, Toombul-Nundah, Mitchelton, Toowong and Wynnum-Central); and
  • Along nine growth corridors based on, or near, railway lines, busways, and high-frequency bus routes

The nine identified growth corridors are: Kelvin Grove to Mitchelton; Royal Brisbane Hospital to Carseldine; Bowen Hills to Northgate; Newstead to Hamilton; Buranda to Cannon Hill; Stones Corner to Carindale; Kangaroo Point to Upper Mount Gravatt; Princess Alexandra Hospital to Coopers Plains; and Milton to Wacol.

The draft plan also proposes the introduction of tailored building requirements to promote resilience to the kind of flooding a property could potentially experience and respond to flood risks. Rather than prohibiting development in flood-prone area, it recommends the construction of 'flood-smart' buildings in such areas.

More information about the draft new City Plan, including the information sessions, is available from the Brisbane City Council website at <http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/newcityplan>.

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