The Gap Neighbourhood Plan

On Tuesday 14 May 2019, Brisbane City Council adopted an amendment to Brisbane City Plan 2014 to incorporate provisions of The Gap Neighbourhood Plan. This amendment is now in effect.

Project background

From 30 July to 10 September 2018, Council released the draft plan for community comment.

Key outcomes of community input reflected in the draft plan include:

  • maintaining The Gap’s traditional suburban, low-density character
  • protecting the environment and greenspace, including several significant trees
  • encouraging redevelopment of The Gap Village shopping centre to provide better walking connections with adjoining parks and residential areas
  • allowing diverse housing types (up to three storeys in height) in a limited area near The Gap Village shopping centre. This will allow for residents to continue to live in The Gap as their needs change over time
  • providing more guidance about what development may occur on sites already zoned for residential use. This will be done by outlining the type of housing suitable for the sites and clearly mapping ecological features to be protected. 

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Other activities happening in The Gap

Opportunities to be involved in your community do not end with the adoption of the neighbourhood plan. There are other ways that you can get involved and help make the vision for The Gap a reality.

Throughout the neighbourhood planning process, we heard how unique The Gap is defined by its natural setting with bushland on all sides and 40 parks and open space areas. Council has a number of existing initiatives to make the most of these natural areas and open spaces:

  • Council undertakes restoration and revegetation activities and volunteer groups contribute to habitat restoration. To get involved please see the list of Western Habitat Brisbane Groups.
  • An upgrade of the Mt Coot-tha Precinct will include improved walking trails and connections to surrounding suburbs such as The Gap.
  • Council runs a range of classes, workshops, activities and events in The Gap and surrounds, such as mountain biking lessons at The Gap Creek Reserve Picnic Area. Check out what’s on in your local area and Council’s Active and Healthy Program for free or low-cost activities at local parks.

The Gap Neighbourhood Plan area

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This table describes the Gap Neighbourhood Plan project timeline including dates and stages of the plan
Mid-2016 to 2017

Background research - in summary:

  • 900 online survey responses
  • Community Planning team (CPT) meetings
  • Information kiosks on 20 and 21 September 2016.


October 2017

Release of draft strategy document - in summary:

  • 47 submissions made by letter, email or in-person at kiosks
  • 173 comments via online form and interactive mapping tool
  • 642 votes via the interactive map
  • one Community Planning team (CPT) meeting
  • four information kiosks in November and December 2017.

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Early 2018

Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Council prepared an amendment to Brisbane City Plan 2014 based on community input and further technical reviews of the area. The Queensland Government completed a state interest review and approved the draft plan for public notification.

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30 July-10 September 2018

Submissions period

Release of the draft statutory neighbourhood plan for public consultation.

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November 2018-March 2019 Council made changes to the draft neighbourhood plan following a review of the submissions. The Queensland Government then completed a second state interest review.
May 2019

Adoption of the statutory neighbourhood plan and inclusion in Brisbane City Plan 2014.

Brisbane's Future Blueprint

After input from more than 100,000 residents, in June 2018 Council released Brisbane's Future Blueprint with eight principles to guide Brisbane’s future growth. One of these principles is creating a city of neighbourhoods where residents are close to the services they need and the lifestyle and leisure options they want.

Council creates plans like The Gap Neighbourhood Plan to help make this long-term vision a reality. 

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