Recent BCC planning scheme changes affecting Development

STATUS OF BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL'S BAN ON MULTIPLE DWELLING DEVELOPMENT IN THE LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL ZONE

History

Historically, the Brisbane City Plan 2014 allowed for Multiple Dwelling development to be established on sites within the Low Density Residential Zone with an Impact Assessable development application, subject to public notification and consideration of matters raised in submissions. The current version of the Brisbane City Plan 2014 (v15.00.2019) Overall Outcome 4.c of the Low Density Residential Zone Code states – 

“Development, other than a dwelling house, including dual occupancy or a multiple dwelling is not accommodated within this suburban setting unless on a well-located site of over 3,000m².”

Therefore, Multiple Dwelling development could be considered, subject to satisfaction of a locational test (with respect to public transport nodes and proximity to business centres) and a minimum lot size of 3,000sqm. 

Brisbane’s Future Blueprint

In 2017, community consultation in the form of the Plan your Brisbane campaign was undertaken, where more than 100,000 people provided feedback on the future of Brisbane. From this, Brisbane’s Future Blueprint was established which essentially sought to guide the development of Brisbane in accordance with community expectations.   

Within Brisbane’s Future Blueprint, eight (8) principles were identified –

  • Create a city of neighbourhoods;

  • Protect and create greenspace;

  • Create more to see and do;

  • Protect the Brisbane backyard and our unique character;

  • Ensure best practice design that complements the character of Brisbane;

  • Empower and engage residents;

  • Get people home quicker and safer with more travel options; and

  • Give people more choice when it comes to housing.

In an attempt to protect the Brisbane backyard and our unique character a deliverable was established that sought to stop townhouses and apartments being built in areas for single homes.

Major Amendment Package H

In response to community consultation and Brisbane’s Future Blueprint, Brisbane City Council proposed to amend the Brisbane City Plan 2014 to remove provisions allowing for Multiple Dwelling development in the Low Density Residential Zone. These proposed revisions were proposed on the 4th of September 2018, labelled Major Amendment Package H, and were issued to the Queensland Government for review. 

Major Amendment Package H seeks to –

  • Remove provisions in the Low Density Residential Zone Code and the Multiple Dwelling Code that allow for Multiple Dwelling development be established in the Low Density Residential Zone on lots over 3,000sqm that are well-located. The revised Overall Outcomes of the Low Density Residential Zone Code state –


“(c) Development maintains a low density character in which multiple dwellings are not accommodated.”


  • Remove provisions in specific Neighbourhood Plans that allow for Multiple Dwelling development to be established in the Low Density Residential Zone; and


  • Revise specific Neighbourhood Plans to reinforce the existing restrictions on Multiple Dwelling development in the Low Density Residential Zone. The revised Overall Outcomes of the Neighbourhood Plans predominantly state –


Multiple dwellings are not accommodated in the Low density residential zone, including where in a precinct or potential development area.”

Major Amendment Package H has been given the green light to proceed to public consultation, with submissions open until Monday the 26th of August 2019. 

Council have flagged an anticipated adoption date of mid-2020. 

Amendment Package J

Further to Major Amendment Package H being released for community consultation, Amendment Package J was recently made publicly available which proposes further impacts upon Multiple Dwelling development. The amendment is in response to a deliverable of Brisbane’s Future Blueprint seeking to increase the car parking requirement for development in suburban areas. 

Amendment Package J proposes to amend the Transport, Access, Parking and Servicing Planning Scheme Policy to increase prescribed car parking rates for suburban Multiple Dwelling development. 

Notable changes being –

  • Revise the prescribed parking rate per 2 bedroom dwelling from 1.25 spaces to 2 spaces;


  • Revise the prescribed parking rate per 3 bedroom dwelling from 1.5 spaces to 2 spaces;


  • Include a prescribed parking rate per 4 or more bedroom dwelling of 2.5 spaces; and


  • Revise the prescribed visitor parking rate per dwelling from 0.15 spaces per dwelling to 0.25 spaces.

Amendment Package J is open for submissions until Monday 26th of August 2019 with an anticipated adoption date of late 2019. 

Summary

Although policy changes are yet to come into effect, there is a clear policy directive to prohibit Multiple Dwelling development in the Low Density Residential Zone in this interim period. The 6 – 12 month timeframe for Brisbane City Council to assess an Impact Assessable development application for Multiple Dwellings in the Low Density Residential Zone raises valid concerns for new site acquisition. 

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