Principle 4: Protect the Brisbane backyard and our unique character

Action 4.1: Restrict townhouses and apartments being built in areas for single homes

Townhouse and apartment zoning

Council is proposing amendments to Brisbane City Plan 2014 – Major amendment package H to restrict townhouses and apartments being located in single-home areas. The proposed amendments were open for public consultation from 29 July to 26 August 2019 and Council is currently reviewing the community’s submissions.

Read about City Plan amendments adopted and in progress.

Action 4.2: Ensure that suburban development fits in with its surroundings

Suburban development

Council continues to audit the Emerging community zoned land and rezone where appropriate. Brisbane City Plan 2014 – Minor amendment packages F, G and H have resulted in more than 1900 parcels of land being rezoned from emerging community to the low density residential zone.

Read about City Plan amendments adopted and in progress.

Action 4.3: Preserve the space between homes by ensuring minimum setbacks on property boundaries

Property setbacks

Council is reviewing setback provisions within Brisbane City Plan 2014 and is continuing to engage with the Queensland Government about setbacks, including for houses.

Building and site design improvements

Council is currently developing amendments including setbacks and other design requirements for granny flats (secondary dwellings).

Read more about building and site design improvements (Word - 96kb).

Action 4.4: Protect our character and heritage by demanding greater enforcement powers and penalties from the Queensland Government

Character and heritage protection laws

Council sought greater enforcement powers from the Queensland Government to protect Brisbane's character and heritage for future generations. The Queensland Government granted Council new powers to issue repair and maintenance notices to protect local heritage-listed places. The Queensland Heritage Amendment Regulation 2019 took effect in March 2019, thereby enabling Council to give repair and maintenance notices.

Read about protecting heritage places.

Last updated:6 November 2019