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 Neighbourhood 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 public 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 public consultation from 9 May to 17 June 2016 and 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 draft neighbourhood plan to the Queensland Government for review.

The Queensland Government reviewed the draft neighbourhood plan and advised Council to undertake additional public consultation. Council completed a second public consultation from 18 April to 6 June 2017 and during this period 143 submissions were received. 

Council has considered all submissions and has made changes to the draft neighbourhood plan where appropriate. The draft neighbourhood plan has now been endorsed by Council and sent to the Queensland Government for review and approval to adopt.

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

Subject to the Queensland Government's review timeframes, the plan is expected to be included into Brisbane City Plan 2014 in early 2018. 

Community Planning Team

Early in the project, Council invited members of the community to nominate for the Community Planning Team (CPT).

When forming a CPT, Council aims to include a representative mix of people from across the community, normally with a membership of around 25-30 people. For the Spring Hill CPT 30 members were appointed and they met with Council to provide input into the neighbourhood planning process.

Timeline

January 2014 Planning commenced.
3-28 February 2014

Community Planning Team (CPT) nominations were open from 3-28 February. 

27 March-9 October 2014

Community Planning Team (CPT) meetings:

10 October-21 November 2014

Draft renewal strategy released for public consultation. 

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May 2015 Council endorsed the draft neighbourhood plan.
Mid-late 2015 Queensland Government review of the draft neighbourhood plan.
9 May-17 June 2016

Public consultation on the draft neighbourhood plan.

Download the May 2016 public consultation version of the draft neighbourhood plan:

Mid-late 2016

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

Download the September 2016 version of the draft neighbourhood plan:

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

Public consultation on the September 2016 version of the draft neighbourhood plan.

Mid 2017

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

Download the August 2017 version of the draft neighbourhood plan:

September 2017 Council endorsed the draft neighbourhood plan.
Late 2017 Queensland Government review of the draft neighbourhood plan.
Early 2018 Anticipated 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: