Our well-designed, subtropical city

By 2031, Brisbane will be a well-designed, outdoor living city, maximising the region's climate and lifestyle attributes.

Planning and development in our city will prepare effectively for population and employment growth and demographic change, with efficient use of new and existing infrastructure and public assets.


By 2031:

  • increased tree shade cover has been provided to the city's bikeways and footpaths
  • Catchment Floodplain Management Plans have been developed for all creek catchments
  • all Brisbane City Council's critical infrastructure has been assessed for the risk of natural hazards and is managed to reduce potential impacts
  • Brisbane will accommodate 156,000 new dwellings to meet anticipated growth of which 138,000 will be infill dwellings, i.e. located within the existing urban area, in accordance with the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031
  • each suburb will have housing options to enable choice in local areas and accommodate lifestyle changes
  • Brisbane will accommodate 443,000 new jobs in efficient locations across the city.

What you can do

You can:

What Council is doing

Brisbane City Council's plans and strategies, projects, programs and initiatives include:

City's progress

Council's achievements since 2006:

  • provided the land use and development framework for the city including the preparation of a revised planning scheme for Brisbane to replace City Plan 2000. The City Plan 2014, which was implemented in 2014, will guide Brisbane's growth for the next 20 years
  • delivered development opportunities, open space and character protection through 36 neighbourhood plans completed or underway since 2006. This has involved engagement with more than 400,000 people on local planning issues across almost 400 activities and events.
  • enabled a potential 50% increase in dwellings within a 5km radius of the Central Business District and more than 30 new towers in the city centre
  • delivered provisions to achieve 60% of the residential growth targets of the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 while protecting areas of valued character and facilitating innovative urban design, through the Neighbourhood Planning program
  • constructed new drainage that has successfully reduced the number of residences affected by localised flooding events (that have a 10% chance of occurring each year) by 515 dwellings
  • purchased 84 properties subject to creek or local flooding that have a 50% chance of occurring in any year, under the Voluntary Home Purchase Scheme
  • assessed more than 20,800 development applications against the codes in Council's planning scheme, City Plan 2000
  • in 2011, Council maintained around 575,000 street trees in Brisbane.
Last updated: 6 February 2020

Brisbane City Council acknowledges this Country and its Traditional Custodians. We pay our respects to the Elders, those who have passed into the dreaming; those here today; those of tomorrow.