Proposed citywide amendment - Biodiversity

To ensure City Plan remains effective and up-to-date, Brisbane City Council is proposing amendments to its biodiversity provisions. This will reflect improved biodiversity mapping and changes in legislation, as well as previous community and industry feedback.

Council has reviewed updated mapping from the Queensland Government alongside current circumstances on the ground, such as new built developments or revegetated areas, and used it as a major input into the new biodiversity overlay.

The amendment package is following the major amendment process as outlined in the Queensland Government’s guideline for Making and amending local planning instruments.

Council endorsed changes to the proposed amendments following a review of submissions and has referred the amendments to the Queensland Government for a final state interest review.

Community consultation

Council's proposed amendments package was open for public consultation from 18 April to 2 June 2017.

In response to matters raised in submissions, Council made the following changes:

  • Removal of the Biodiversity areas overlay mapping (matters of local environmental significance sub-categories only) from properties where development approvals are known to have been enacted, resulting in the clearing of vegetation and/or construction of approved uses. These changes reflect that biodiversity values are no longer present and that it is unrealistic for vegetation to be restored or rehabilitated.
  • Exclusion of dwelling footprints in some areas of Biodiversity areas overlay mapping (matters of local environmental significance sub-categories only) to reflect established development, particularly for residential uses and ancillary structures in zones that are not intended to cater for substantial redevelopment. These changes were made to reduce the likelihood of potentially triggering an assessable development application for works associated with dwelling houses.
  • Addition of four properties to the General ecological significance strategic sub-category of the Biodiversity areas overlay to reflect current protections for existing mature vegetation.

Download the Report on Submissions:

Proposed amendments

For an overview of the proposed amendments, you can download the:

View the list of amendments:

View the proposed amendments to strategic framework maps:

Download the proposed City Plan amendment document:

Overlay maps

The proposed biodiversity areas overlay identifies ecologically significant areas of Brisbane as well as koala habitat areas.

View the proposed amendments to overlay maps by choosing a tile on the map or by downloading the PDFs below.

Alternatively, you can view the proposed amendments to overlay maps as downloadable PDFs:

Some documents on this page need Adobe Reader to view or print them, and may be inaccessible to website assistive technologies. If you require assistance accessing or interpreting any of these maps phone Council on 07 3403 8888. Documents on this page may also have large file sizes, and may take some time to download.


14 June 2016 Council proposed to amend the City Plan
June 2016-August 2016 Drafting of amendment package
September-February 2016 Queensland Government review
18 April-2 June 2017 Public consultation including the opportunity for submissions on the draft amendment package
May 2019 Queensland Government review
Mid 2019 Queensland Government approval to adopt and Council adoption and gazettal

Other City Plan amendments

You may be interested to find out about other proposed amendments to City Plan.

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More information

For more information about the proposed major amendment to City Plan 2014, you can:

  • email the project team
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • write to:
    Strategic Planning
    City Planning & Economic Development
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001
Last updated:19 September 2019