Brisbane City Plan 2014 video transcript

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk introduces the new Brisbane City Plan 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk: I am proud to announce the release of the new Brisbane City Plan 2014. With input from thousands of Brisbane residents and businesses, the Brisbane City Plan 2014 sets out a vision of how our city will grow and how development will be guided into the future. Over the past two decades, Brisbane has been transformed into a sophisticated city, while still maintaining our liveability and friendly status. The new City Plan allows us to plan for the infrastructure needed to support Brisbane’s growth and create a more diversified economy, while maintaining our city’s unique way of life. A key feature of the plan is that it provides a roadmap about where growth will occur, and what that development might look like. The Brisbane City Plan 2014 replaces the current City Plan 2000, and is now available on Council’s website. I encourage all residents to view the new plan, and if you have any questions, give Council a call.

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Guide to Brisbane City Plan 2014

Hi.  My name is Janine and I work at Brisbane City Council.  We've been working hard to improve and streamline our processes to make it easier for customers. You're watching one of our many online training videos designed to help you find the information you need, when you need it.  We hope this video will help make the development application process easier for you.

Slide: Introducing Brisbane City Plan 2014

The Brisbane City Plan 2014 replaces the Brisbane City Plan 2000 and guides how land in Brisbane can be used and developed.

This Plan is the culmination of the largest city-wide public consultation program Brisbane has seen in more than a decade.

The new Plan strikes a balance between supporting growth and the development of a more diversified economy whilst protecting those things that make our city liveable and unique.

The Plan provides greater certainty for landowners about where future growth will occur and enables a simpler, faster development assessment process.

Slide: Accessing City Plan online

The Brisbane City Plan 2014 is an easy to navigate, interactive document that can be accessed for free from Council's website.  

You can use the free computer and internet facilities at Council libraries to view the online version of the plan.

To access the new City Plan, from Council's homepage, hover your mouse over the Planning and Building tab, then under "Planning, Guidelines and Tools", select "Brisbane City Plan 2014".

Alternatively, enter "City Plan 2014" in the search field on any page of Council's website, and select the relevant link.

Slide: Key components of City Plan

To make it easy to use the new City Plan, Council has developed two tools: ePlan and interactive mapping.

The ePlan is an electronic version of the Brisbane City Plan 2014.  It is divided into sections which are hyperlinked to make it easy to navigate and find information about development requirements. 

The interactive mapping tool allows a property to be searched on a map to see important information that may affect a development proposal.  It can also generate a property report that outlines development provisions relevant to that property and to identify the criteria Council will use to assess an application.

For more detailed information about how to use either ePlan or the interactive mapping tool, have a look at our other training videos.

We hope this video has provided you with the information you need.  If you need further help, have a look at some of our other training videos - or give us a call.

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Guide to ePlan

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Slide: About the ePlan

The ePlan is an electronic version of the Brisbane City Plan 2014 divided into sections so that you can quickly and easily find the planning information you need.

Before using the ePlan, you should first obtain a property report using the interactive mapping tool.  

The "Interactive Mapping" video available on Council's website shows how to obtain a property report.

To access the ePlan, from Council's homepage, hover your mouse over the Planning and Building tab, then under "Planning, guidelines and tools", select Brisbane City Plan 2014.  From this page, select "Brisbane City Plan 2014 (ePlan)".

Alternatively, enter "ePlan" in the search field on any page of Council's website, and select the relevant link.

The expandable menu on the left hand side of the screen outlines the key sections of ePlan. You can click on the arrows to further expand each section.  This video will look at the most commonly accessed sections of the ePlan.

Slide: Schedule 1 – Definitions

Definitions of different land uses are outlined in Schedule 1 of the ePlan and are the same in all new planning schemes in Queensland.  

The first table, "Index of use definitions", lists all of the uses defined in the plan.  

The second table, "Use definitions", provides a definition of each use, including examples of what is included as well as examples of what is not included in the definition.  Clicking on a use type in table 1 will take you to the relevant definition in table 2.

When using ePlan to learn more about a particular development proposal, you will need to know the defined use for your proposal, as well as the project component.  

All development proposals will contain at least one of four possible project components, which are outlined in the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.  They are:

  • Material change of use – such as a new dwelling, industry or multiple dwelling
  • Reconfiguration of a lot – such as subdivisions or boundary alterations
  • Building work – such as demolition or extensions to existing houses
  • Operational works – such as filling and excavation work.

Slide: Part 5 – Levels of Assessment

Part 5 - Levels of Assessment identifies whether a development is exempt from the Brisbane City Plan 2014, or, if it requires assessment, the relevant level of assessment and associated assessment criteria.  

Part 5.3.1 of the ePlan outlines the process for determining a level of assessment while Part 5.3.2 outlines additional rules that may affect the level of assessment.  It is important to note that neighbourhood plans and overlays may change the level of assessment of a proposal.

Part 5.3.4 - Prescribed exempt development identifies development which is exempt under the planning scheme, unless a higher level of assessment is stated in relevant neighbourhood plans or overlays.

The tables included in Parts 5.5, 5.6, 5.7 and 5.8 provide levels of assessment and associated assessment criteria as they relate to the relevant project component and development use.  

The last section of each of these tables outlines what the level of assessment will be if the zone or use relevant to your proposal is not listed. 

Parts 5.9 and 5.10 contain levels of assessment and associated assessment criteria relating to neighbourhood plans and overlays.

To look at the assessment criteria relevant to your proposal, click on the hyperlink from the table of assessment to the relevant codes.  

Once you have identified the relevant codes for your proposal, you will also need to check for any prescribed secondary codes. These can be found in Part 5.3.5. Your development proposal may be assessed against more than one code.

Slide: Other useful parts of the ePlan

Part 3 – Strategic Framework outlines the strategic intent of the new City Plan, including a description of each of the five key "themes" that underpin the plan.  This section can be useful for people who want to understand what the plan is trying to achieve and how it will endeavour to do this.

Part 6 – Zones provides detailed descriptions of each zone, including purpose and desired outcomes. This section may be useful when considering the types of development that are suitable for particular suburbs or streets.

Part 9 – Development Codes includes detailed assessment criteria relevant to certain land uses and project components.

Slide: How to get expert advice

If you are assessing the construction of or extension to your own home and the level of assessment is self-assessable, it's recommended that you engage a building certifier or consultant to confirm that you don't need Council approval.

Regardless of the level of assessment, you may wish to engage a consultant town planner, surveyor or other appropriately qualified professional to prepare the application for you.

Further information about how to get professional advice is available on Council's website – just search for "planning advice" and select the relevant link.

We hope this video has provided you with the information you need.  If you need further help, have a look at some of our other training videos - or give us a call.

Slide: For more information call 07 3403 8888 or 133 BNE (133 263) for business enquiries. www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.

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How to use the interactive mapping tool

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Slide: What is the interactive mapping tool?

The new City Plan contains maps that show how development provisions apply across Brisbane. 

The interactive mapping tool makes it easy for property owners and investors to see how different provisions such as zones, overlays, neighbourhood plans and the priority infrastructure plan can affect specific properties or areas of the city.

The mapping is based on recent data and will be regularly updated as new information becomes available.

It is important to remember that the mapping is intended to outline City Plan provisions that may be relevant to a development proposal and may not reflect existing ground conditions.

To access the interactive mapping tool, from Council's homepage, hover your mouse over the Planning and Building tab, then under "Planning, guidelines and tools", select Brisbane City Plan 2014.  From this page, select "Brisbane City Plan 2014 mapping".

Alternatively, enter "city plan mapping" in the search field on any page of Council’s website, and select the relevant link.

Once on the new City Plan mapping page, select the link 'Access the Brisbane City Plan 2014 interactive mapping' and it will open in a new window.

Slide: How to use the interactive mapping tool

You can use the interactive mapping tool by applying the zoom function on the top left hand side of the screen and clicking and dragging the map to the desired position.

Alternatively, you can use the "search" function to search for a property using the street address or the lot and plan number.

To view the new City Plan provisions that affect a particular property, click on the "map contents" icon at the top left of the screen, above the zoom function.

This allows for multiple layers of mapping to be displayed to show how zoning, neighbourhood plans and overlays may affect certain areas. The map contents page also includes other features such as aerial photography and priority infrastructure.

Slide: How to get a Property Report

An easy way to find what provisions relate to a specific property is to click on the "property" icon and then click inside the boundaries of that property.

This will display a property report which contains property address, land parcel details and relevant planning provisions.

You can print this report to make it easier to read about development requirements in Council's ePlan or use PD Online to determine the likely level of assessment for a particular proposal.

At the bottom of the interactive mapping, you will find handy links to the Brisbane City Plan 2014 ePlan, factsheets and PDOnline.

For more information about how to use ePlan or PD Online, have a look at our other training videos. 

Slide: Useful features of interactive mapping

The interactive mapping tool includes other useful features such as drawing and measurement tools.

The "draw" tool enables you to place a dot and mark a line or area on the map, as well as writing text or erasing a mark up. Select the desired feature from the draw menu, then click on the map. "Double click" when you have finished highlighting the relevant area.

With the "measure" tool, you can measure approximate distances between points or determine the approximate area of a site. Simply select the desired feature from the menu, then click on the map and double click when you are finished.

The "location" icon will give the longitude and latitude for a particular location on the map.

You can clear all your markings or print at any stage by clicking the 'clear all' button.

We hope this video has provided you with the information you need.  If you need further help, have a look at some of our other training videos - or give us a call.

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Last updated:13 May 2019