New guidelines released for housing and neighbourhood design in SEQ

A NEW handbook for planners, designers and developers in South East Queensland has been developed by Growth Management Queensland, in partnership with the Council of Mayors (SEQ), providing guidelines for housing and neighbourhood design.

The handbook, titled 'Next Generation Planning', aims to help councils accommodate future growth while maintaining character, lifestyle and affordability. It identifies four 'Next Generation Planning' concepts, consisting of Affordable Living, Smart Growth, Form-based Codes and SEQ Place Model.

Deputy Premier, Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State, Paul Lucas, said the Next Generation Planning handbook forms a "key step in the delivery of a comprehensive suite of planning tools for Queensland, delivered as part of Qplan; Queensland's planning, development and building system."

The handbook includes descriptions of desirable neighbourhood styles combined with standards for housing, site setbacks, streets and car parking. It includes planning provisions that can be tailored to suit individual local council planning schemes.

To improve housing affordability, the guidelines call for improved consistency and more efficient development assessment processes through better strategic and local planning and more consistent planning scheme provisions.

The handbook includes planning scheme modules to promote a more form-based approach to codes that are designed to create consistency and certainty, and to simplify and deregulate housing approval processes.

The handbook also establishes the SEQ Place Model, where different place types, ranging from natural places to urban neighbourhoods to CBDs, are described and given specific outcomes and land use strategies.

The Next Generation Planning handbook is a joint project of the Council of Mayors (SEQ) Next Generation Planning initiative under the Australian Government's Housing Affordability Fund (HAF) and the Queensland Government's Growth Management Queensland, based on the Smart Growth directions in the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009 – 2031 (SEQ Regional Plan).

More information on the Next Generation Planning handbook is available from the Department of Local Government and Planning website at <http://www.dlgp.qld.gov.au/growth/ngp>.

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