Notes from Kangaroo Point Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan Community Planning Team Meeting Two
Date: Thursday 9 March 2017
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Community planning team members:
David C, David M, Emma J, Greg, John, Lucia, Mirko, Nectarios, Paul Lu, Pedro, Ree, Richard D, Richard W, Sally, Stuart, Sylvana, and Wayne.
Council Officers and Consultants:
Nathan Bambling (project manager), Scott Beard (meeting facilitator), Bevan Lynch (Chair of Urban Renewal Brisbane and Chair of Urban Futures Brisbane); Rebecca Arnaud (Urban Renewal Manager), David Eustace (Senior Urban Planner), Ingrid Richards (Independent Design Advisory Panel representative), Rose Bateman, Kathleen Hook, Will Back, Michelle Lewin and Justin Lynham, (table facilitators and planners); Tony Dickson (Lat27), Damian Thompson (Lat27) and Brian Donovan (BVN) (project consultants), Brendan Barnes (Virtual Brisbane 3D modeller), and James Cole (note taker).
Councillor Jonathan Sri (Councillor for The Gabba Ward); Gemma Long (Policy Liaison Officer to Councillor Julian Simmonds, Chair of City Planning Committee); Omar Barragan (Urban Design Manager, City Planning and Economic Development), Amanda Doellinger (Communication and Publications Officer, City Planning and Economic Development).
CPT members Aaron, Amanda, Annu, Artemis, Cheryle, Emma C, Emma H, Kim, Paul Le, Peter, Seraphima, Uthaya; and Councillor Julian Simmonds (Chair of City Planning Committee).
Welcome and Purpose of Meeting
Overview of neighbourhood planning process
Recap of CPT #1 – Issues and Opportunities (30 November 2016)
Overview of draft precincts for the Renewal Strategy
Scott acknowledged the traditional owners of the meeting place, and welcomed everybody to this second Community Planning Team meeting for the Kangaroo Point Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan.
Scott went on to thank everyone for giving up their time to contribute to the Community Planning Team and explained that this evening’s workshop will build on the advice and suggestions received to date.
Next, Scott advised of an apology from Councillor Julian Simmonds, Chair of City Planning, who was represented by his policy advisor, Gemma Long. Scott also acknowledged Councillor Jonathan Sri, Councillor for The Gabba Ward, who was in attendance as an observer. Scott then introduced the Council team and the project consultants and advisors who will manage the planning process and assist to guide this evening’s activities.
An overview of the agenda was then presented to CPT members.
Scott then invited Nathan, as project manager for the neighbourhood plan process, to commence the formal meeting content.
Overview of the neighbourhood planning process
Nathan began by advising CPT members that the project was currently in the background research and community consultation phase, with CPT members’ input, across the three CPT meetings, forming an invaluable part of that phase. He indicated that it was hoped that the draft Renewal Strategy will be released for public comment in mid-2017.
Following consideration of all feedback, Council anticipates having a draft neighbourhood plan ready for further public comment, with adoption and gazettal of the statutory neighbourhood plan scheduled for mid-2018. Until that final step is completed, the current neighbourhood plan will continue to apply to the area.
Continuing, Nathan explained that a Renewal Strategy is a high-level document that articulates a vision for the neighbourhood and sets out the strategic intent for land use and development in the area. He pointed out that while the Renewal Strategy is not a statutory instrument and therefore cannot be used to assess development proposals, it will provide a framework for future development, will form the basis for preparation of the statutory neighbourhood plan, and will provide guidance for the delivery of future projects.
Next, Nathan explained briefly to CPT members what factors the project can influence within Kangaroo Point Peninsula and what is out of scope due to factors that the project is unable to influence. Nevertheless, issues of particular influence on the area’s future evolution can be raised for investigation, even if they are not strictly within the plan boundary.
Nathan then reminded everyone of the project’s aim, which is to update the 20-year-old neighbourhood plan and respond to the current context, providing development certainty and facilitating positive public realm and built form outcomes. Input is welcomed from the community and from all interested stakeholders.
Recap of CPT 1 – Issues and Opportunities (30 November 2016)
Nathan began by reiterating that tonight marks the second of three CPT meetings, with the third meeting provisionally planned for mid-2017. Tonight’s meeting will focus on developing strategies for the area, to inform the development of the Renewal Strategy.
Referring back to the first CPT meeting in November, Nathan noted that members received a briefing on the broad characteristics of the area, including statistical community profiles. Initial responses to the community survey were also discussed. Members participated in a detailed workshop activity to consider the things that people liked and disliked about the area, and to identify some opportunities to enhance the area. Nathan highlighted that feedback included the following points:
Proximity to the CBD.
River access and amenity.
Heritage and character.
Mix of uses.
Development heights and parking problems.
Lack of local services.
Parking and traffic congestion.
Pedestrian and cyclist conflicts.
Enhanced pedestrian areas.
Activation of spaces beneath the Story Bridge.
Improvements to parks and green space.
Extension of RiverWalk.
Main Street commercial activities.
Dry dock revitalisation.
Pedestrian / cycle bridge to the CBD.
Nathan then explained that the project aims to update the previous neighbourhood plan so that it responds to the current context. This will provide development certainty for the industry and community alike, and will facilitate positive public realm and built form outcomes. A key component of this process is the opportunity for community and stakeholder input.
Nathan advised that tonight’s meeting will build on the issues and information shared at the first CPT meeting, shifting the focus to a more detailed examination of the area’s precincts, and identifying priorities, solutions and opportunities to enhance and protect the area’s future.
To prepare for the evening’s major activity, Nathan provided members with an overview of the Brisbane Vision 2031 and how it might be applied in the Kangaroo Point Peninsula context. Nathan indicated that the Vision includes eight major goals for the city, as follows:
Nathan provided members with some points under each goal to think about in relation to the Kangaroo Point Peninsula area and encouraged all to share their ideas during the activity.
Overview of draft Precincts for the Renewal Strategy
Tony Dickson from the consultant team then gave members an outline of the draft precincts drawn up for consideration by the CPT. It was emphasised that the precincts were provisional at this stage, and any suggested changes were welcome. As a starting point, four precincts have been proposed, as follows:
In explaining that the establishment of precincts will allow for more place-responsive outcomes to be included in the neighbourhood plan, Tony advised that precincts are generally defined by elements including:
The individual precincts were then described in detail, with the particular elements as listed above highlighted for each precinct. Tony added that while some elements had particular relevance to individual precincts, it was understood that many elements will have peninsula-wide relevance.
David Eustace then took CPT members on a virtual tour of the area, demonstrating through images the extent to which the area had changed since the 1960s, and in particular since the previous neighbourhood plan was developed.
Activity: Ideas and Priorities
During this activity, CPT members took part in facilitated discussions, with four tables each dedicated to one of the four draft precincts. Members moved from table to table on a periodic rotational basis, with all members having an opportunity to consider all precincts.
Table discussions centred on drawing out CPT members’ ideas for the future shape of each precinct, including both large and small ideas. Members also contributed their ideas about opportunities and solutions for the precincts’ future growth.
Members provided their input via drawings and notations on the plans provided as well as through written notes and discussions. Details of all issues raised and suggestions provided are included at Appendix B to these minutes.
Having completed the rotations across all four tables / precincts, members then participated in a fourth rotation to brainstorm and shortlist the ideas presented through the course of the activity. The shortlists are provided at Appendix A to these minutes. Next, all CPT members indicated their priorities for the shortlisted big or small ideas by placing coloured stickers alongside their preferences.
To conclude the activity, Nathan highlighted the top ideas that emerged from the group discussions and the priorities identified through the informal voting process. These are summarised as follows:
Table 1 – Main Street Precinct (David facilitator; Rose planner):
Explore opportunities for an additional CityCat terminal.
Maintain existing building height restrictions to protect views to the Story Bridge.
Table 2 – Thornton Street Precinct (Rebecca facilitator; Kathleen planner):
Provide a pedestrian / cycle bridge connection to the CBD.
Widen river’s edge for pedestrians and cyclists and facilitate separate pedestrian and cycle routes.
Table 3 – Dockside Precinct (Nathan facilitator; Will planner):
Revitalise the dry dock.
Provide an overpass connecting the potential Kangaroo Point – CBD bridge to Dockside.
Connect RiverWalk from Mowbray Park to the peninsula.
Ensure that development complies with Codes.
Next steps and meeting conclusion
Scott then thanked all present for their enthusiasm, passion and commitment to tonight’s activities, and advised that all information provided during the meeting will now be collated and used as valuable input as the Renewal Strategy is drafted.
Notes from the meeting will be made available on the website in the near future and CPT members will be advised accordingly. Additional input and comment is welcome at any time and should be directed to the Urban Renewal Brisbane Team on the contact details below.
Members were invited to complete and evaluation form to help Council to conduct future meetings in the best way possible.