The role of Urban Futures Brisbane

To ensure that the future of Australia’s New World City is guided and influenced by real-world experience, Brisbane City Council embraces its key partnerships with the community, government, industry and other leading thinkers to find creative solutions for many of the challenges confronting Brisbane’s future planning needs.

The Urban Futures Brisbane (UFB) Board provides invaluable cutting-edge, practical, third-party advice to Council. Advice from the board helps to integrate and coordinate the variety of planning disciplines, from town planning, traffic and transport to social, community, economic, infrastructure and urban design perspectives.

Council works closely with the Queensland Government to ensure that the priorities, plans and projects of both levels of government are complementary. The UFB Board plays a central role by applying its knowledge and advocating for the strengthening of those ties. The UFB Board represents Council’s interests with great enthusiasm, practicality and sensitivity.

The UFB Board understands the implications of, and opportunities presented by, Brisbane’s growth and its place in the context of the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017 (ShapingSEQ), Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan), urban design projects, urban renewal plans and neighbourhood plans.

With a guiding principle of advocating for 'What makes Brisbane a great place to live?', the UFB Board continues to work towards strategic objectives that are based on the issues of greatest importance to maintaining and enhancing the future of Brisbane, its residents and businesses.

The UFB Board assists Council by acting as advisors and advocates, and by facilitating strategic partnerships to achieve outcomes with regard to:


  • Advising Council on the private sector’s ongoing use of City Plan and suggesting adjustments to implementation processes and procedures to assist industry and development assessment staff.
  • Contributing feedback and guidance on various Urban Renewal Brisbane projects, such as on the implementation of the River’s Edge Strategy, the City Centre Master Plan and the City Centre Neighbourhood Plan.
  • Acting as a champion for opportunities and benefits to the community in continuing to embrace the river and its potential as a destination and recreational asset.
  • Participating in a range of Council-led community engagement activities to provide an expert, independent perspective and inform community discussions.
  • Conducting panel discussions with leading thinkers to stimulate innovative solutions to challenges for raising the city’s social capital, acknowledging and engaging with our ageing population, and capitalising on opportunities presented by changing economic conditions and workplace structures.
  • Contributing advice on guidelines for high-quality subtropical built form design for the city centre and beyond.
  • Advising on the design of major infrastructure projects, including the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade.


  • Promoting City Plan across a range of professional networks. 
  • Raising ideas to transform dedicated public and redevelopment spaces in the city, such as Howard Smith Wharves and Queens Wharf, to ensure the future viability of communities and business in these areas.
  • Advocating for recognition of the strong interdependence between land use planning and the provision of long-term employment and economic opportunities.
  • Promoting Brisbane as a destination of choice in key tourist markets, to develop and leverage our unique cultural identity.
  • Advocating for recognition and celebration of the city’s cultural heritage through walking trails and stories that link key landmarks.
  • Highlighting the importance of design excellence in planning and infrastructure projects.


  • Bringing together a range of community and not-for-profit organisations in forums to identify solutions to common challenges for future organisational sustainability.
  • Fostering collaboration between Council and Brisbane Airport Corporation to promote effective asset management principles.
  • Engaging with Queensland Government agencies at an early stage of policy and plan development to identify and resolve issues.

Key partners

  • Office of the Lord Mayor and CEO
  • Chairman, City Planning
  • Queensland Government (Department of Transport and Main Roads, and Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning)
  • Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC)
  • Queensland Board for Urban Places
  • Infrastructure Australia, Major Cities Unit
  • Brisbane Marketing
Last updated: 9 May 2019