Ferny Grove-Upper Kedron Neighbourhood Plan

Since 2015, Brisbane City Council has been working with the community to update the neighbourhood plan for the suburbs of Ferny Grove and Upper Kedron, originally adopted in 2007.

The project follows a direction from the Queensland Government in September 2015 to work with the community to amend the neighbourhood plan after a review of the development application at 390 Levitt Road, Upper Kedron.

The draft plan was publicly notified for community submissions from 1 June to 14 July 2017 and Council received 685 properly made submissions.

In response to submissions, Council has made the following changes to the draft neighbourhood plan:

  • Reaffirmed our intention to protect and enhance local ecological areas and waterways by replacing the revegetation plan required by the Queensland Government’s conditions of May 2017 with provisions that require future revegetation and rehabilitation of corridors to contribute to local and regional biodiversity values.
  • Reaffirmed the range of housing types and dwelling unit density preferred in the area through the inclusion of a ‘Cedar Creek south precinct plan’ illustrating the desired outcomes.
  • Ensured the natural topography of the area is maintained and require site-responsive design for development on steep slopes and at risk of natural hazards.
  • Ensured the safety of future homes by including updated bushfire hazard provisions and mapping.

The following components of the draft neighbourhood plan remain unchanged:

  • Provision of a 40-hectare conservation area along Mt Nebo Road, which recently came into public ownership for the community, with a further 51 hectares of rehabilitated ecological and waterway corridors to be transferred to public ownership at no cost to the community in the future.
  • Minimum lot sizes and preferred dwelling unit densities, to be established through two precincts so that residential lots transition from urban to natural environments.
  • Support for an efficient transport network and an emergency-access-only connection to Mt Nebo Road.

Council has now sent the revised package to the Queensland Government for a second state interest review and approval to adopt.

Download the report on submissions outlining how Council responded to individual matters raised by the community:

You can also download the current updated:

Ferny Grove-Upper Kedron neighbourhood planning study area

View the Ferny Grove-Upper Kedron Neighbourhood Plan area in a larger map.

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The Gap Neighbourhood Plan

Council is also preparing a new neighbourhood plan for The Gap to guide development in the area as part of our vision for a well-planned, liveable and efficiently serviced city. The Gap Neighbourhood Plan draft strategy is available for community comment until Friday 8 December 2017.

Your feedback

Between November 2015 and December 2016 Council received input from the community through a number of different conversations. These included 600 online survey responses, 330 submissions on a draft strategy document, four information kiosks, four Community Planning Team meetings and direct contact with Council planners by letter, email and phone. This feedback informed the development of Council’s draft Ferny Grove-Upper Kedron neighbourhood plan amendment package.

The top five issues raised in the online survey were:

  • district roads (59%)
  • the environment (44.5%)
  • community spaces and parks (41%)
  • local roads (37.5%)
  • public transport (buses) (33%).

Topics discussed in the four Community Planning Team (CPT) workshops included:

  • movement and connections
  • housing choices and land use
  • environmental values and natural hazards
  • a local vision and opportunities for what the area could be like in 20 years.

CPT members said that preservation of the area's bushland and at-risk fauna is important and also considered options for development being located in clusters away from bushfire-prone areas.

The draft Ferny Grove-Upper Kedron Neighbourhood Plan was open for formal community feedback from 1 June to 14 July 2017. Council received 685 properly made submissions and made changes to the draft neighbourhood plan in response to community concerns about the revegetation plan, protecting and enhancing ecological and water corridors, housing densities to be applied across the area, and development on steep slopes.

Next steps

Council has sent the draft neighbourhood plan to the Queensland Government for a final review of state interests and approval to adopt.

Once adopted, the Ferny Grove-Upper Kedron Neighbourhood Plan will become part of Brisbane's planning scheme, Brisbane City Plan 2014, to guide future development in the plan area. 

Timeline

Late 2015-mid-2016

Background research

Council undertook research and community consultation to understand the key issues and opportunities affecting the area's future.

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10 October - 7 November 2016

Draft strategy release

Council developed a strategy for community feedback to set the direction for the neighbourhood plan and explain in plain English how Council proposes to update the neighbourhood plan.

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Late 2016

Draft neighbourhood plan

Following community feedback on the strategy, Council developed a draft update to the neighbourhood plan.

You can download Council's draft neighbourhood plan submitted to the Queensland Government reflecting the results of community input and expert studies.

NOTE: This draft plan has now been revised and is no longer current.

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April-May 2017

First state review completed

On 27 April 2017 Council received the Queensland Government's first state interest review. On 18 May 2017, Council received a revised state interest review and approval to proceed to public notification. 

1 June-14 July 2017

Public notification and submissions period on draft neighbourhood plan.

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Download high resolution versions of the draft Ferny Grove-Upper Kedron Neighbourhood Plan maps and figures. You can download them in full or in parts:

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 September 2017

Council considered all written submissions and made further changes to the draft neighbourhood plan where appropriate.

Download the draft neighbourhood plan and report on submissions provided to Queensland Government.

Final state interest review

Second Queensland Government review and approval to adopt.

Late 2017

Adoption and gazettal

Gazettal of the neighbourhood plan and adoption into Brisbane City Plan 2014.

Register for updates

To stay up to date on the Ferny Grove-Upper Kedron Neighbourhood Plan, you can register for email updates.

More information

For more information, to register for updates, or provide written comments you can:

  • email the project team
  • contact Council
  • write to:
    Neighbourhood Planning Brisbane (Ferny Grove-Upper Kedron)
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001


20 November 2017