2.2 Enjoying a well-designed built environment | Brisbane City Council

2.2 Enjoying a well-designed built environment

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Table of contents

1. Pedestrian mobility and transport

1.1 Walking, wheeling and driving safely around Brisbane

1.2 Catching public transport

2. Planning, development and infrastructure

2.1 Being actively engaged in planning an accessible city

2.2 Enjoying a well-designed built environment

2.3 Appreciating the benefits of civic infrastructure

3. Public buildings, venues and outdoor spaces

3.1 Public buildings that make you feel welcome

3.2 People friendly public spaces

3.3 Local meeting places where you can connect with your community

3.4 Parks and natural areas where you enjoy the great outdoors

4.Vibrant, informed and caring communities

4.1 Experiencing the support of inclusive, safe and diverse communities

4.2 Enjoying Brisbane's vibrant arts and culture scene

4.3 Staying active and healthy

4.4 Using libraries for lifelong learning

4.5 Adopting a more sustainable lifestyle

5. Your Council, working with you

5.1 Being an active citizen in an inclusive democracy

5.2 Having a say on the work we do that matters to you

5.3 Communicating and doing business with us

5.4 Understanding how local laws, rules and procedures relate to you

5.5 Keeping Brisbane clean, recycling waste and breathing clean air

5.6 Working in a disability confident organisation

5.7 Knowing your rates are paying for accessible services

Council is responsible for setting conditions, accepting applications and approving property development in Brisbane in accordance with the Brisbane City Plan 2000.

The Queensland Government also plays a role in development in Brisbane with responsibility for:

  • Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and state planning and development policies, codes and regulations
  • Building Act 1975 and Queensland Development Code
  • development assessment for certain types of development
  • dispute resolution, appeals and the Planning and Environment Court

Where we are

The Australian Human Rights Commission takes the view that councils have a critical role to play in ensuring development complies with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA). Several Commission and Federal Court decisions show that councils can be liable under section 122 of the DDA for permitting discriminatory acts when exercising their development approval responsibilities, as summarised in the following points.

  • development approval bodies must take the requirements of the DDA into account when processing applications
  • they should also establish mechanisms to ensure a thorough assessment of any claim by a developer that providing full access would impose an unjustifiable hardship
  • the approval body may decide to allow a development with less than full access if it believes the requirement would be too onerous and would only face a liability if its decision was proved to have been wrong following a successful complaint against the developer

Brisbane City Plan 2000 specifies strategies that are particularly important for access and inclusion:

  • enhance social diversity, choice and accessibility
  • achieve a safe, secure, equitable and comfortable city
  • require development to enhance the amenity, environmental and cultural contexts of its locality
  • promote a pattern of development that reduces private motor vehicle dependency and increases potential for use of public transport, cycling and walking

In the development assessment process, Council examines the ways any proposed development provides for access and inclusion.

  • Assessing all development applications for compliance with the City Plan using the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) established under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009
  • ensuring development applications comply with the Non-discriminatory Access and Use Code in City Plan
  • taking into account non-discriminatory access requirements regulated under the Building Code of Australia and, where necessary, raising issues with applicants
  • taking into account guidelines published by the relevant Queensland and Commonwealth government agencies responsible for administering the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act and the Disability Discrimination Act respectively and, where necessary, raising issues with applicants
  • assessing the potential for disruptions to access during the construction period and providing conditions that mitigate those impacts

Where we want to be

We want Brisbane's built environment to be well-designed, making our subtropical city accessible and inclusive.

Our objectives

  1. Review the policies and standards we use in the assessment of development applications so they reflect current good practice in providing for an accessible and inclusive built environment.
  2. Provide training for relevant development assessment staff to support them to understand the significance of relevant provisions and conditions for access and inclusion.
  3. Advocate, where appropriate, for the Queensland Government to enhance access and inclusion provisions of relevant state development policies, codes and regulations.
  4. Demonstrate leadership and good practice in our own development projects.

Existing actions that will continue

Assessment of development applications

We will continue to examine the ways any proposed development provides for access and inclusion under the provisions of Brisbane City Plan and relevant Queensland and Commonwealth legislation including disruptions to access during the construction period, and liaise with applicants where necessary.

New initiatives or extensions

  1. Review of policies and standards used in development assessment. We will conduct an internal review of the policies and standards we use in the assessment of development applications against current national good practice in providing for an accessible and inclusive built environment.
  2. Training for development assessment staff. We will provide induction and refresher training for relevant development assessment staff with a focus on understanding the significance of relevant provisions and conditions for people with access concerns and to encourage them to be rigorous in their interpretation and application.
  3. Advocacy for enhanced Queensland Government planning and development provisions. We will advocate, where appropriate, for the Queensland Government to enhance access and inclusion provisions of relevant state development policies, codes and regulations.

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03 November 2014