Design outcomes: Liveability and function

Quality-designed housing meets the needs of residents and allows households to enjoy Brisbane’s unique lifestyle. Central to this is supporting indoor-outdoor living, active travel, community interaction opportunities and housing that supports all abilities and ages.

Quality residential developments are liveable and functional by incorporating:

  • connections to open space, pedestrian and cycle paths, local centres and public transport
  • easily accessible, secure and undercover bicycle storage areas
  • universal design features to support people of all abilities, such as those referenced in the Liveable Housing Design Guidelines
  • centrally located communal outdoor areas with shade structures that can accommodate a variety of uses
  • well-proportioned private outdoor areas that seamlessly connect to indoor living spaces 
  • shared services such as car share spaces, a bench seat at the letter box or exercise and play equipment that encourage community interactions
  • building entrances that provide shelter from weather elements and are easily accessible form the street. For more information, refer to the Crime prevention through environmental design planning scheme policy
  • driveways and parking areas are designed as low-speed communal spaces that consider the needs of pedestrians and children. For more information, refer to the Transport, access, parking and servicing planning scheme policy
  • durable materials that age well in Brisbane’s climate
  • adaptable layouts to allow for flexibility and to meet changing household needs.
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