City Centre Neighbourhood Plan

Following the endorsement of the Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014, Brisbane City Council is progressing a number of initiatives including the draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan and the Albert Street Vision.

The draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan translates some of the strategies of the Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014 into more specific rules for development.

The Albert Street Vision has also been finalised and provides a framework for the transformation of Albert Street into a green spine connecting Roma Street Parkland and the City Botanic Gardens.

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Council sought feedback on the draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan and streetscape amendments during the public consultation period from 7 August to 30 September 2015.

Council is currently reviewing community feedback and amending the draft plan where appropriate. Following this review, the plan will be submitted to the Queensland Government who will review the final plan. The City Centre Neighbourhood Plan and streetscape amendments will then be formally adopted and included in Brisbane City Plan 2014.

City Centre Neighbourhood Plan boundary

Precincts

  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.

Highlights of the draft neighbourhood plan

The draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan seeks to be simpler and more streamlined, with the main changes to the neighbourhood plan including the following:

  • gross floor area limits and height limits are removed for many sites
  • Quay Street and Howard Smith Wharves precincts are included in the plan area
  • heritage issues will be dealt with primarily through overlays
  • the precincts are reduced and simplified
  • emphasis is on street buildings to better activate streets
  • laneways, arcades and small scale spaces are a key focus to increase public space and pedestrian access
  • an urban context report will be required for development to demonstrate appropriate contextual response.

Streetscape amendments

With the recent finalisation of the Albert Street Vision, a proposal to amend Brisbane City Plan 2014 to guide development to deliver streetscape improvements to Albert Street will be made. View the draft streetscape amendments (Word - 3Mb).

Timeline

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
Mid 2016 Queensland Government approval to adopt, adoption and gazettal of the neighbourhood plan

Project background

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.

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04 April 2016