Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan

Brisbane City Council is preparing a new neighbourhood plan that will help shape the future of Spring Hill. Once complete, the Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan will become part of Brisbane’s planning scheme to guide new development and infrastructure in Spring Hill.

Overlooking the city centre and adjacent to Fortitude Valley, Spring Hill is home to vital hospitals and schools, as well as a strong business community that will continue to play an important role as the city grows.

Council's City Centre Master Plan 2014 identified a need to optimise the potential of Spring Hill through planning for future growth, while protecting heritage places. The current neighbourhood plan for the area, the Petrie Terrace and Spring Hill Local Plan, was developed more than 30 years ago.

Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan area map


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Highlights of the draft Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan

The draft Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan is a new neighbourhood plan for the Spring Hill area which seeks to balance economic development with the retention of the highly valuable character that makes this suburb unique. It will achieve this by:

  • establishing Astor Terrace as a focus for commercial development to be supported by shops, restaurants and bars
  • promoting the revival of Boundary Street as a vibrant centre with shops, restaurants and cafes
  • enabling the expansion of educational and medical institutions in the area in a way that minimises impacts on surrounding sites
  • enabling new high-density development to occur between Boundary Street and the CBD
  • protecting the highly valued heritage and character of the area and adding a further 27 sites to Council's heritage register.

Neighbourhood plan steps

Initial community consultation was undertaken in late 2014 with the release of the draft Spring Hill Renewal Strategy. During this period 82 submissions were received and 37 people completed the online survey. Council reviewed the submissions and used this feedback to inform the development of the draft Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan.

The draft Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan was open for formal community feedback from 9 May to 17 June 2016, during this period 73 submissions were received. Council reviewed all submissions and made changes to the draft neighbourhood plan in response to community concerns about protecting local character and residential amenity. Council then provided the revised draft neighbourhood plan to the Queensland Government for review.

You can download the draft neighbourhood plan provided to the Queensland Government here:

The Queensland Government reviewed the draft Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan a second time and advised Council to undertake additional public consultation. Council completed a second public consultation from 18 April to 6 June 2017 to allow the Spring Hill community and stakeholders to have their say on the revised draft Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan.

Following completion of the second round of public consultation, Council is considering all submissions and may make changes to the draft neighbourhood plan where appropriate. The revised draft neighbourhood plan will then be endorsed by Council and sent to the Queensland Government for review and approval to adopt.

Subject to the Queensland Government's review timeframes, the plan is expected to be included into Brisbane City Plan 2014 in late 2017. 

Timeline

Early-mid 2014 Background research
January 2014 Planning commenced
February 2014 Conducted survey on draft renewal strategy vision
27 March 2014

Community Planning Team (CPT) meeting one

29 May 2014

Community Planning Team (CPT) meeting two

9 October 2014

Community Planning Team (CPT) meeting three and draft renewal strategy presentation

10 October-21 November 2014

Draft renewal strategy released for comment. This included the following:

  • opportunity to provide comment via online survey, email or in writing
  • two ‘Talk to a Planner’ sessions held:
    • 18 October 2014 at Bedford Playground Park
    • 23 October 2014 at Bedford Playground Park

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May 2015 Council endorsed the draft Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan
Mid-late 2015 Queensland Government review of the draft neighbourhood plan
9 May-17 June 2016

Public consultation on the draft plan.

Download the May 2016 public consultation version of the Draft Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan (Word - 13Mb).

Read the May 2016 project newsletter:

Mid-late 2016

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

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Late 2016 Second review of the neighbourhood plan by the Queensland Government
18 April-6 June 2017

Repeat of public consultation on the draft neighbourhood plan.

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Mid-late 2017

Council considers all written submissions and makes further changes to the draft neighbourhood plan where appropriate

Queensland Government review of the draft neighbourhood plan

Late 2017 Adoption into Brisbane City Plan 2014

Register for updates

To register for future updates on the Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan, email the project team.

More information

For more information about the Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan, you can: