As part of our vision for a well-planned and liveable city, Brisbane City Council is planning for the future housing needs of our ageing population. With demand for retirement and aged care housing options projected to rise by 50% by 2027, the Lord Mayor launched a suite of incentives to ensure our seniors are well provided for.
Introduced in 2016, incentives aim to address the challenges that industry face in providing and building suitable housing for seniors and include:
- a 33% reduction on infrastructure charges
- free pre-lodgement advice
- a dedicated assessment manager
- application decisions made within 90 business days.
Council is also progressing draft amendments to Brisbane City Plan 2014 to offer a more streamlined approach to upgrading or building new residential care and retirement facilities in preferred locations. Specifically, the creation of one single code will simplify the assessment process for applicants and support new developments that meet best-practice design requirements. The draft code has been with the State Government for review since December 2016 and Council is hopeful it will be released later this year.
Development Services have already received a strong response to these initiatives having conducted more than 73 pre-lodgement meetings and approved 2127 care beds and 2996 retirement units. These approvals mark a positive step in ensuring we meet the needs of Brisbane's ageing population.