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Table of contents
- Lord Mayor's introduction
- Executive summary
- Our shared vision for Brisbane
- A profile of people who benefit from better access and inclusion in Brisbane
- Council's history of access and inclusion initiatives
- Reflection on Council's changing approach to access and inclusion
- How this plan was developed
- Implementation, monitoring and reporting
- An innovative local government role
Planning in Brisbane is a shared responsibility between Council and the Queensland Government. All development in Brisbane is directed by statutory plans that show where new development can go, what can and cannot be built and shape what our communities will look like in the future.
- South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031
This is the Queensland Government's overarching plan to manage growth in South East Queensland. It limits urban development to certain areas, shows planned new infrastructure and sets the direction for plans made by local government.
- Brisbane City Plan 2000
This plan is produced by Council and approved by the Queensland Government, and it guides and controls how development occurs in the city. It aims to translate the Brisbane Vision into desired development outcomes that achieve the safe, sustainable and subtropical city that Brisbane residents want. It shows what particular properties can be used for, and sets rules on development including height, design and infrastructure.
- Neighbourhood Plans
These plans are created by Council in consultation with local residents and provide a vision and framework to direct development in local communities. Neighbourhood Plans are developed one neighbourhood at a time with priority given to areas likely to experience change.
Council's approach to planning acknowledges the sophistication and maturity of our community and people's strong desire to have their say and be involved in planning for the future of Brisbane.
Where we are
In planning for a growing city, Council is committed to making Brisbane more accessible and inclusive. Several key initiatives focus on these issues.
While we have heard community concerns about lack of accessible housing, we acknowledge that Council has a limited role in these matters which are regulated by the Queensland and Commonwealth governments.
Council has appointed the Inclusive Brisbane Board to provide advice on community issues in high growth areas, affordable housing provisions, provision of social infrastructure, community engagement strategies and the integration of state and local government projects. Members represent Queensland Government, business, industry and community organisations and networks.
Neighbourhood Planning processes are inclusive of a wide range of people from the local community and we encourage everyone to participate in Community Planning Teams to provide local advice and guidance to Council.
Council also has a role in implementing its plans and has hundreds of urban design and other projects underway in local communities that often focus on improving access and inclusion – including Neighbourhood Enhancement Projects and Strategic City Improvement Projects.
Each year, selected Brisbane streetscapes undergo a significant upgrade, particularly to the public footway, through Council's capital works and maintenance programs and private development contributions. Council has published Brisbane Streetscape Design Guidelines, a planning scheme policy under Brisbane City Plan 2000, specifying standards designed to deliver accessible footways that reflect the adjacent land use and the likely pedestrian traffic, provide vegetation for shade and add to the city's subtropical image, and are constructed and maintained to a consistent standard including provisions for accessibility.
In 2009, the Lord Mayor's Taskforce into Retirement and Aged Care investigated ways to encourage more retirement and aged care accommodation in Brisbane through Council's City Plan framework. The objective was to ensure older residents could “age in place”, remaining within their neighbourhoods as their housing needs change.
We will be reviewing Brisbane City Plan 2000 and investigating provisions that would enhance access and inclusion.
- we recognise that people with a disability, students, families and older residents are struggling to find homes to suit their needs. Our goal is to provide a diversity of housing, close to services, to meet diverse needs within the community
- in partnership with the building and development industry, the Queensland Government and other interested parties, Council will explore the potential for new apartment buildings to include units that feature ‘universal design'. This means some units would be designed for people of all ages and abilities through features such as wide hallways, easy gradients on the property and showers without steps and walls that are strong enough for support rails
- additional provisions may be required to ensure community spaces in centres can be easily accessed via paths through the centre and connected to the broader surrounding network of walking and cycling paths
- new regulations will be included in the City Plan to help create safer environments. These will focus on the design of buildings and spaces, security monitoring and techniques to minimise graffiti and ensure equitable access
Where we want to be
We want all residents to work with Council to carefully plan for the future of Brisbane.
- Include innovative provisions including codes, standards and guidelines in our plans that will encourage universal design to improve access and inclusion for everyone.
- Provide opportunities for everyone to have their say in Neighbourhood Planning and other planning processes, in particular people who are often excluded from such processes, and encourage and support their participation on community planning teams.
- Provide draft plans and community consultation materials in accessible formats.
- Use new media and communications technologies to engage a wide range of individuals in planning processes.
Existing actions that will continue
Inclusive Brisbane Board
Inclusive Brisbane Board will continue to provide advice on access and inclusion in planning for Brisbane. In response to community feedback, we will consider the appointment of a new member of the Inclusive Brisbane Board to provide a disability perspective the next time we review membership.
Lord Mayor's Taskforce into Retirement and Aged Care
We will continue to work towards implementing taskforce recommendations enabling people to ‘age in place'.
We will continue to include people who have an awareness of access issues on community planning teams and ensure our engagement processes and materials are accessible.
Neighbourhood Enhancement Projects
We will continue to plan and implement practical projects to make neighbourhoods better places to live with a focus on access and inclusion for everyone.
Strategic City Improvement Projects
We will continue to breathe new life into our urban environments by upgrading or creating new and more accessible facilities such as landscaped public spaces.
New initiatives or extensions
- Targeted engagement in planning using new technologies. We will investigate the potential to use our Virtual Brisbane platform and other new media and communication technologies to engage a wide range of stakeholders in our planning processes.
- City Plan support for accessible housing. We will review Brisbane's City Plan (including Neighbourhood Plans, Urban Renewal Plans, codes and the strategic framework) to encourage accessible housing design, universal design of facilities, innovative local aged care, supportive housing and safety in public space.
- Making more shop entrances accessible. Where site conditions permit, we will design and build footpaths to achieve accessible shop entrances.