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 is now reviewing the submissions received.

Once completed, Council will reply to everyone who made a submission and publish a report on this web page on how submissions have been addressed.

Highlights of the draft neighbourhood plan

Council’s draft plan focuses on the area south of Cedar Creek and balances outcomes such as providing for a growing population, keeping the natural backdrop and environmental setting of the area, and providing certainty for the community. It reflects the results of extensive community input and expert studies.

Ferny Grove-Upper Kedron draft Neighbourhood Plan highlights include:

  • a vision statement written by Community Planning Team members to shape the future of the whole Ferny Grove-Upper Kedron area
  • a 40-hectare conservation area along Mt Nebo Road, now in public ownership for the community - with a further 51 hectares intended to come into public ownership in the future
  • minimum lot sizes established through two precincts so that residential lots transition from urban to natural environments
  • site-responsive design provisions, such as limits on cut and fill works, to minimise extensive earthworks and protect the scenery in the area
  • support for an efficient transport network and an emergency-access-only connection to Mt Nebo Road
  • changes to other sections of Brisbane City Plan 2014, such as overlays, including bushfire hazard mapping.

Download a copy of the draft plan advertised for public submissions from 1 June to 14 July 2017:

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:

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. 

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 neighbourhood plan.

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.

Next steps

Council is now reviewing the submissions received on the draft neighbourhood plan. Once completed, Council will reply to everyone who made a submission and publish a report on this web page on how submissions have been addressed. The draft plan will then be sent to the Queensland Government for a review of state interests and approval to adopt.

Once complete, 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. 


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

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Final state interest review

Second Queensland Government review and approval to adopt.

Mid-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

14 July 2017