Dutton Park-Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan

Since March 2015, Brisbane City Council has been working with the local community to prepare a draft neighbourhood plan for the Dutton Park-Fairfield area, which includes parts of South Brisbane, Woolloongabba, Dutton Park, Highgate Hill, Fairfield, Annerley and Yeronga.

The Dutton Park-Fairfield area plays a vital role in our city as a key health, science and knowledge hub, transport corridor and residential area.

The draft plan was publicly notified for community submissions from 27 January to 13 March 2017. Council is now reviewing the submissions received and will publish a report on how submissions have been addressed on this page once completed.

Draft plan highlights

  • Making sure important heritage sites and local character housing are protected for future generations while improving certainty for local investment.
  • Improving access to major transport infrastructure and public transport, and providing opportunities for new residential development near railway and busway stations.
  • Fostering the development of health and knowledge industries such as at the Mater, Lady Cilento and Princess Alexandra hospitals.
  • Supporting jobs growth by accommodating up to 13,000 extra jobs in the area through additional commercial and retail space.
  • Facilitating a new vibrant pedestrian precinct along Stanley Street including a laneway and plaza.
  • Creating a high-quality streetscape along Annerley Road.
  • Facilitating the development of the Boggo Road Urban Village as a centre for research in eco-sciences within a vibrant inner-city mixed use precinct.

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Dutton Park-Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan study area

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Feedback of the draft neighbourhood plan strategy

The draft neighbourhood plan is based on the draft neighbourhood plan strategy, which was released for community comment in October 2015.

A total of 104 submissions were received on the draft strategy, raising a number of issues, including:

  • support for the growth of health and knowledge centres, especially the Mater and PA hospitals
  • support for the overall approach for protecting character housing, but requests for specific sites to be reviewed
  • concerns about proposed building heights in Stanley Street and along Annerley Road
  • requests to improve pedestrian and cycle connectivity in the area
  • requests for more greenspace, particularly at the former RSPCA site and in Woolloongabba Hill
  • desire to improve public transport in the area, including the construction of a CityCat stop in Fairfield.

Feedback outcomes

After considering this feedback and other technical issues, a neighbourhood plan was drafted to translate the land use proposals in the strategy into more specific rules for development. Examples include:

  • refining proposed character residential areas, particularly in Fairfield
  • strengthening protection for heritage buildings
  • reducing maximum building heights behind heritage-listed buildings on Stanley Street
  • adding corner land dedications along Annerley Road to improve pedestrian amenity.

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Next steps

Council will review and respond in writing to all submissions before finalising the draft plan. Once any changes have been made, Council will send the plan to the Queensland Government for approval and publish an updated draft plan and a summary of feedback online.

Once approved, the Dutton Park-Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan will be formally adopted and included in Brisbane City Plan 2014 as a legal document that guides development in the area.


Early 2015

Background research

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Early - mid-2015 Community consultation
30 October to 11 December 2015

Strategy release

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Late 2015 - early 2016 Draft neighbourhood plan preparation
Mid - late 2016 Queensland Government review of the draft neighbourhood plan
27 January - 13 March 2017

Draft neighbourhood plan release and public notification

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Mid-2017 Queensland Government approval to adopt
Late 2017 Council adoption and gazettal of the neighbourhood plan

Community Planning Teams

Council established Community Planning Teams (CPTs) to provide local knowledge and input into the strategy. This included a CPT for the northern part of the plan area (the Mater Hill CPT), a CPT for the central and southern parts of the plan area (the Fairfield CPT), and a business CPT for the whole plan area. Council received a positive response to the call for CPT nominations and held meetings from April to July 2015.

Fairfield CPT meeting notes

Mater Hill CPT meeting notes

Business CPT meeting notes

Register for updates

To register for future updates on the Dutton Park-Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan you can email the project team.

More information

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14 March 2017