A City Centre neighbourhood plan has been prepared as part of the implementation of the Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014 (the Master Plan). The City Centre neighbourhood plan will form part of Brisbane City Plan 2014 (the planning scheme) and will set the statutory requirements for new development in our City Centre.
This amendment package sets out the statutory amendments required to the planning scheme to incorporate the City Centre neighbourhood plan. Council has made revisions to the amendment package in response to public feedback received during the public consultation period from 7 August to 30 September 2015.
Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014
The Master Plan sets out the vision, strategies and projects for transforming our city’s heart over the next 20 years. The plan sets out a range of priority projects that will revitalise our city streets and riverfront precincts and better connect our City Centre to its surrounds. The Master Plan also establishes strategies to promote and guide private development, which is projected to involve around 50 new towers over the next 20 years. The City Centre neighbourhood plan will be central to the promotion and guidance of private development in Brisbane’s City Centre.
City Centre neighbourhood plan boundary
The City Centre neighbourhood plan boundary and precincts are outlined in Figure 1 below.
The City Centre neighbourhood plan includes five precincts, which set out specific provisions for new development:
Retail precinct: guides the design of building frontages to promote successful retail and dining streets. (NPP-001)
Quay Street precinct: sets a lower scale built form for this city fringe location to provide a transition to Milton and Petrie Terrace. (NPP-002)
Queen’s Wharf precinct: has been declared a Priority Development Area by the Queensland Government to facilitate the delivery of an integrated resort development. (NPP-003)
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. (NPP-004)
Howard Smith Wharves precinct: will be a world-class riverfront destination featuring high quality parklands, revitalised heritage buildings, dining, retail, hotel and event facilities. (NPP-005)
Key planning outcomes
The City Centre neighbourhood plan was prepared to enable implementation of the Master Plan and its built form strategy. Key objectives from the built form strategy that have been translated into the City Centre neighbourhood plan include:
activating the ground plane and delivering permeable street buildings.
The City Centre neighbourhood plan seeks to be simpler and more streamlined, and ineffective elements of the previous neighbourhood plan have been removed. The plan boundary has also been expanded to include Howard Smith Wharves and the Quay Street precincts. The main changes to the neighbourhood plan include:
removal of Gross Floor Area limits and height limits for many sites
inclusion of the Quay Street and Howard Smith Wharves precincts
emphasis on contextual response demonstrated through an Urban context report.
The City Centre is projected to grow significantly over the next 20 years, with demand for 800,000 square metres of floor space likely to translate into around 50 new towers. This significant increase in workers, residents, shoppers and visitors will drive an 80% increase in public transport journeys and a doubling of pedestrian trips in the City Centre. The City Centre neighbourhood plan increases the development potential in the City Centre to respond to market forces and help accommodate this increasing demand.