The Gap neighbourhood plan

Brisbane City Council is 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. Once complete, the neighbourhood plan will become part of Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan).

The neighbourhood plan is an opportunity to plan for the future and to protect the aspects of the areas that residents love.

The Gap draft neighbourhood plan

With the help of the community, Council has developed The Gap draft neighbourhood plan (the draft plan).

The draft plan incorporates community feedback on the draft strategy, which was released for community feedback from October to December 2017.

Feedback on the draft strategy included:

  • 47 submissions made by letter, email or in-person at kiosks
  • 173 comments via online feedback form and interactive mapping tool
  • 642 votes on feedback submitted via the interactive map, agreeing or disagreeing with comments on the interactive map.

In addition to incorporating this feedback, additional technical and detailed reviews of residential areas and areas with environmental values were conducted as part of the preparation of the draft plan. Several changes to the existing planning regulations are proposed as a result of this process.

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The draft neighbourhood plan includes changes to the current planning provisions for the area such as land use zoning, guidance for how remaining larger undeveloped areas (including minimum lot size) in The Gap could be developed, and design for revitalisation around The Gap Village. Refer to Part A of the draft plan for information about how to read the amendment package and a summary of parts of City Plan that Council is proposing to change.

Council has a series of fact sheets to explain City Plan terms and concepts.

Draft plan key outcomes

The draft neighbourhood plan has been prepared using the ideas and proposals expressed in The Gap neighbourhood plan draft strategy.

The key outcomes of the draft plan are to:

  • retain the suburban character and residential benefits of The Gap with no change proposed to the current Low density residential zone across the majority of the plan area
  • establish development areas across selected sites so people can be clear about where, how and what size developments are appropriate, providing more insight into ecological values, minimum lot sizes and housing types
  • keep large shade trees, ensure well-established gardens and subtropical landscaping in new developments and protect 13 additional trees by including them in the Significant Landscape Tree overlay
  • focus new development on Waterworks Road near public transport and the shopping centre (The Gap Village precinct and sub-precincts). This precinct must provide housing that suits all ages and stages of life, sustainable and subtropical design and allow a small shop or coffee shop on the ground floor
  • provide design and accessibility guidance for The Gap Village shopping centre, encouraging a high-quality pedestrian environment, access and pleasant urban streetscape, should it redevelop
  • expand an existing local park at 23 Quirk St, The Gap by rezoning a Council-owned Low density residential site to open space.

Next steps

The neighbourhood plan is now with the Queensland Government for a state interest review. We are unable to make changes to the draft plan whilst it is under review, and the draft plan remains subject to change as a part of this review process. Once this has been completed there will be an opportunity to make a formal submission during the public notification period, which is expected to open later in 2018.

The Gap neighbourhood plan area

View The Gap neighbourhood plan area in a larger map.

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Community engagement

Neighbourhood planning involves Council and the community working together and there are many opportunities to have your say during the plan's development.

Below is a summary of how Council has engaged the community in the past.

Type of engagement Date

Online survey

6 May 2016 – 14 August 2016

Information kiosks at locations in the neighbourhood plan area

20 & 21 September 2016
1, 2 & 24 November 2017
2 December 2017

Community Planning Team (CPT) meetings

15 September 2016
13 October 2016
10 November 2016
8 December 2016
26 October 2017

Neighbourhood plan draft strategy released for feedback

27 October 2017 – 8 December 2017

E-burst (email updates)

18 July 2016
8 November 2016
13 December 2016
2 June 2017
15 August 2017
27 October 2017
1 December 2017


13 June 2016
27 October 2017


From mid-2016 to 2017

Background research

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


The Gap neighbourhood plan newsletter - June 2016 (PDF - 2.76Mb)
The Gap neighbourhood plan newsletter - June 2016 (Word - 2.11Mb).

Community Planning Team (CPT) members participated in a series of workshops to help Council identify local issues and aspirations and provide feedback on draft options and proposals.


October 2017

Council released a draft strategy based on initial community feedback and background research, which was available for public comment from 27 October until 8 December 2017.

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View the comments and ideas provided through the online form and interactive map by the community as part of the submissions period.


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Early 2018

The feedback provided by the community on the draft strategy was considered in the preparation of the draft neighbourhood plan and further technical reviews completed. Council prepared the draft neighbourhood plan and it is currently with the Queensland Government for a state interest review.

Final strategy

Council will also release a final strategy which will provide an overview of the changes in response to community feedback, and focus on non-statutory ideas that the community can choose to progress.

Mid to late 2018

Draft neighbourhood plan preparation and public notification.

Following the Queensland Government review, Council will release the draft neighbourhood plan for community consultation.

Late 2018

Adoption and gazettal of the neighbourhood plan statutory City Plan amendment

Once approved by the Queensland Government, the neighbourhood plan is adopted and will form part of City Plan.

Ferny Grove-Upper Kedron neighbourhood plan

A neighbourhood planning project is also underway for the adjacent Ferny Grove-Upper Kedron area.

To find out more, visit the Ferny Grove-Upper Kedron neighbourhood plan page.

Register for updates

Sign up for email updates for The Gap neighbourhood plan.

Other City Plan amendments

To ensure City Plan stays up-to-date and effective, Council regularly provides new or amended information, including other neighbourhood plans or citywide updates. 

To stay informed about City Plan, register to receive email updates or sign up to Council's Your City, Your Say.

More information

For more information about The Gap neighbourhood plan, you can:

29 March 2018