May 29, 2014 – 11:31PM
Brisbane City Council’s blueprint for future development, City Plan 2014, has been given the State Government green light, just as a CSIRO expert outlined how the city’s evolution is likely to occur.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced yesterday that City Plan 2014 will come into effect on July 1.
Key changes from the current city plan will enable a building height of 9.5 metres across the city, up from 8.5 metres, as well as 300 metre lots within 200 metres of 150 targeted urban centres, a measure to accommodate growth while containing sprawl.
The announcement came just as CSIRO researcher Stefan Hajkowicz delivered his Future Brisbane speech to the Brisbane Development Association, which outlined how global growth trends are likely to impact the city’s development until 2040.
Key among the requirements for population health, Dr Hajkowicz said, were urban centres such as those in the new City Plan that would facilitate greater incidental exercise.
“My hope is we see a more active population in the future, the majority of car trips in Brisbane are only very short and easily walkable and cycleable.
“If we are smart we will go down a way of living that gets us walking or running or riding to a greater extent, if we don’t get more physically active, the writing is on the wall.”
The new City Plan, debated over four days by Brisbane City Council in February, also plans for an additional 50 highrises in the CBD.
Interestingly, Dr Hajkowicz said despite the rapid growth of information technology and the ease with which it makes working remotely possible, city centres will become more important in the future, not less.
“We believe the city centre will get more important, we’ll go to these places for social interaction,” he said.
“They will have the feel good factor, physical spaces in the future will deliver the experience package.”
In addition, he said, despite one of the major concerns expressed about the new City Plan being the potential loss of Brisbane’s big backyard, families will increasingly shun large homes in outlying suburbs.
“I think we’ll see movement towards the city centre and aren’t willing to commute and there will be an emergence in growth for apartments for families,” he said.
“The need to have a lawn and big bedrooms, etcetera, will be increasingly be given away.
“A lot will be the same but technology has allowed us to focus on the lifestyle aspects of being in the city.
“I think it will be a much more fun city with an urban design that makes people want to be in that space.”
Cr Quirk said City Plan 2014 was a collaborative effort involving the council, residents, community, environment, heritage groups and industry over the last three years.
“The new City Plan will give Brisbane a strategic framework to guide future development until 2031,” Cr Quirk said.
“This planning will provide clear advice about land use and infrastructure, giving a long term vision for our city to manage investment and growth to 2031 and beyond.”
Opposition Leader Milton Dick said despite the plan being hailed by planning experts as a conservative one, he remained concerned it favoured developers over residents.
“This is nothing more than a rubber stamp by the LNP state government approving the developer’s wishlist, it’s a tick and flick for developers,” he said.
Key changes to the new City Plan
Small lots: The requirements for small lots of 300 square metres have been revised in the low density residential zone, with sites now having to be within 200 metres from a centre zone that is larger than 2000 square metres. This will boost housing options in appropriate suburban areas.
Building Heights: The maximum building height for a house that does not require a development application is 9.5 metres. This is designed to allow for improved flood immunity and more flexibility to accommodate climate sensitive house designs. Low density residential and Character residential zones must still only be two storeys.
Protection of pre-1911 buildings: These buildings within high and medium density residential, industrial and centre zones now have the option of relocating the building to a site legally secured within the traditional building character overlay, where the building is not practical to maintain on the current site.
Parking Ratios: Reduced visitor parking for multiple dwellings. Maintained or increased resident parking rates for two-bedroom and three-bedroom units, and decreased resident parking rates for 1 bedroom units in areas within 400m walking distance of a transport interchange.
Source : The Brisbane Times