City Centre Neighbourhood Plan

The Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014 was adopted by Council in March 2014. The master plan delivers a coordinated strategy to guide future development, transport and public space investments in the city centre over the next 20 years. The draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan translates some of these strategies into more specific rules for development, in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Once complete, the City Centre Neighbourhood Plan will become part of Brisbane’s planning scheme to guide new development in the City Centre.

The draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan was made available for public feedback from 14 August to 30 September 2015. Council has considered all the submissions received and has made changes to the draft Neighbourhood Plan. The draft Neighbourhood Plan has now been sent to the Queensland Government for a final review before it is adopted into Brisbane City Plan 2014.

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Highlights of the draft neighbourhood plan

The draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan seeks to be simple and streamlined. It is intended to:

  • accommodate growth and economic development 
  • promote good design that responds to its urban context and our subtropical climate
  • create vibrant, high quality, and pedestrian-scale streetscapes framed by permeable ‘street buildings’
  • emphasise laneways, arcades and small scale spaces to deliver improved public realm and pedestrian permeability
  • encourage sustainable transport choices through improving pedestrian and cyclist connections.

City Centre Neighbourhood Plan boundary


  1. Retail precinct: guides the design of building frontages to promote successful retail and dining streets.
  2. Quay Street precinct: sets a lower scale built form for this city fringe location to provide a transition to Milton Road and Petrie Terrace.
  3. Queen’s Wharf precinct: has been declared a Priority Development Area by the Queensland Government to facilitate the delivery of an integrated resort development.
  4. River precinct: guides the design of buildings to optimise public space and access to the riverfront, and also seeks the delivery of improved Riverwalk infrastructure.
  5. Howard Smith Wharves precinct: will be a world-class riverfront destination featuring high quality parklands, revitalised heritage buildings, dining, retail, hotel and event facilities.


March 2014 Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014 was adopted by Council
Late 2014 Preparation of draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan
24 February 2015 Council endorsement of draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan
March - August 2015 Queensland Government review of draft neighbourhood plan
August - September 2015 Draft neighbourhood plan release and public consultation
September 2016 Council endorsement of revised draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan
Anticipated early 2017 Queensland Government approval to adopt, adoption and gazettal of the neighbourhood plan

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06 December 2016