Vital resource to help maintain and protect waterways

Council has released its Water Sensitive Urban Design Streetscape Planning and Design Package (WSUD Streetscape Package).

The WSUD Streetscape Package is relevant to engineers, architects, planners and other professionals seeking guidance on best practice stormwater management techniques and devices when designing and planning in urban areas.

Stormwater run-off from urban areas is recognised as a major contributor to waterway degradation, which unmanaged may carry pollution straight into streams, creeks and rivers, speeding up water flows and causing erosion and flooding.

Incorporating stormwater management devices within roads and streetscapes can significantly improve the health of Brisbane’s catchment and waterway corridors.

The guidelines provided in the package can be used to inform where a stormwater management device could be best placed and which device is most appropriate for a given area.

These measures can also help to keep streets green in times of drought, increase visual appeal, increase native habitat and improve drainage, all at minimal cost.

Devices outlined in the package include bioretention systems, swales, gully baskets, online proprietary Stormwater Quality Improvement Devices and permeable pavements.

As an added resource to assist with the implementation of streetscape solutions, standard drawings have been provided as part of the package for a range of bioretention systems, swales and permeable pavements.

To download the WSUD Streetscape Package visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on (07) 3403 8888 for more information.

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Three draft neighbourhood plan strategies open for comment

In response to the January flood event, Brisbane City Council’s priorities quickly shifted to assisting flood-affected residents and working to restore the city back to be the clean, vibrant, cultural and economic capital of Queensland.

As a result, some strategy work and community engagement activities for Moggill/Bellbowrie, River Gateway and Darra Oxley District neighbourhood plans were extended.

Council has now revised the timeframes and community engagement dates.

Revised dates for each follow.

Draft Moggill/Bellbowrie Neighbourhood Plan Strategy

Draft River Gateway Neighbourhood Plan Strategy

Draft Darra Oxley District Neighbourhood Plan Strategy

  • Get to know your neighbourhood strategy session

Session 1:

Wednesday 23 March 2011

Any time between 1-3pm

Cementco Bowls Club, Station Avenue Darra

Session 2:

Wednesday 23 March 2011

Any time between 5-7.30pm

Oxley State School, Bannerman Street, Oxley

The ‘get to know your neighbourhood strategy’ sessions are generally very popular. People interested in attending should RSVP by the day prior to the session by telephoning (07) 3403 8698.

Chermside Centre’s Plan for the future

Brisbane City Council endorsed the draft Chermside Centre Neighbourhood Plan to go to first State Interest Check on 2 November 2010, moving it one step closer to adoption in the City Plan.  This plan will manage one of Brisbane’s fastest growing suburbs. 

Feedback from the community, businesses and stakeholders has been used to guide the development of the draft neighbourhood plan.  This feedback supported proposed mixed-use development around the Chermside Shopping Centre, the Prince Charles Hospital and along Gympie Road allowing the majority of the plan area to remain unchanged.

Road access improvements are proposed via a number of intersection upgrades, new roads and road widenings.  This will improve Rode Road, upgrade Buruda Street and provide a road extension between Pilba Street and Rode Road.

Chermside will also benefit from an extension to John Paterson Park.  Park upgrades are also proposed for Seventh Brigade Park, an important space for sport, recreation and cultural activities.

The draft Chermside Centre Neighbourhood Plan is also looking to manage the impacts of overland flow and flooding associated with Somerset Creek.

The draft Chermside Centre Neighbourhood Plan has been sent to the Queensland Government for the first state interest review before public consultation in 2011.  To find out more visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/neighbourhoodplanning and follow the link to Chermside Centre.

Mt Gravatt Corridor Neighbourhood Plan is approved by Council

The draft Mt Gravatt Corridor Neighbourhood Plan is now being reviewed by the Queensland Government after Council endorsed it to go to first State Interest Check on 9 November 2010.

The draft neighbourhood plan was developed considering feedback from residents, businesses and stakeholders.

The Mt Gravatt Corridor is identified as a major shopping, service, residential and employment hub for Brisbane’s southern suburbs.

The draft plan proposes more development in the area, including a diverse range of residential and business growth around the existing centres of Garden City and Mt Gravatt shopping centres, as well as along major roads with good access to public transport.

Once the Queensland Government have reviewed the draft plan, a final formal notification period will occur in early 2011, where community members will be invited to provide written feedback.

These submissions will be reviewed and used to revise the draft plan before final approval by Council and the Queensland Government and adoption in the City Plan 2000.

For more information visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/neighbourhoodplanning and follow the link to Mt Gravatt or email the project team on neighbourhood_planning@brisbane.qld.gov.au

Community feedback period extended: Yeerongpilly transit oriented development (TOD) concept plan of development

Your opportunity to comment on the Yeerongpilly Concept Plan of Development has been extended until Friday 12 November 2010.

The Queensland Government supported by Brisbane City Council have been working with the local community to prepare the Yeerongpilly TOD Concept Plan of Development. The Concept Plan sets out ideas for how the Yeerongpilly TOD could be developed to become a vibrant, mixed use community.

To provide your feedback on the Yeerongpilly TOD Concept Plan of Development, you can:

  1. complete the online survey at www.dip.qld.gov.au/tod-yeerongpilly
  2. email the project team at yeerongpillytod@dip.qld.gov.au, or
  3. post your comments to:

Transit Oriented Development and Design
Department of Infrastructure and Planning
Reply Paid 15009
CITY EAST QLD 4002

Provide your feedback on the Yeerongpilly TOD Concept Plan of Development by 12 November 2010.

Find out more

For more information about the Yeerongpilly TOD or to obtain a copy of the Concept Plan of Development:

Have your say on the Yeerongpilly Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Concept Plan of Development

The Queensland Government supported by Brisbane City Council have been working with the local community to prepare the Yeerongpilly TOD Concept Plan of Development. The concept plan sets out ideas for how the Yeerongpilly TOD could be developed to become a vibrant, mixed use community.

TOD is a planning strategy that promotes compact urban development achieved through increased densities and a mix of uses supported by public transport. The Yeerongpilly TOD will include shops, offices, community facilities, parks and a range of housing to suit a variety of lifestyles.

Find out more
For more information about the Yeerongpilly TOD or to obtain a copy of the concept plan of development:

Have your say
The project team is eager to hear your thoughts about the concept plan. Community feedback received on the Yeerongpilly TOD Concept Plan of Development will play a vital role in preparing the final plan of development.

To provide your feedback on the Yeerongpilly TOD Concept Plan of Development, you can:

  1. complete the online survey at www.dip.qld.gov.au/tod-yeerongpilly
  2. email the project team at yeerongpillytod@dip.qld.gov.au, or
  3. post your comments to:

Transit Oriented Development and Design
Department of Infrastructure and Planning
Reply Paid 15009
CITY EAST QLD 4002

Provide your feedback on the Yeerongpilly TOD Concept Plan of Development by 31 October 2010.

Have your say on the new Brisbane Streetscape Design Guidelines

The Brisbane community is being given the chance to have their say on Brisbane City Council’s new Brisbane Streetscape Design Guidelines when they go out for public exhibition from this Friday October 8 2010.

The guidelines, which will replace Council’s Centres Detail Design Manual, provide advice on Council requirements for public footway upgrades to a range of users including applicants and consultants responsible for development applications and streetscape upgrades.

They also deal with design matters for the public domain such as street tree planting, pavement finishes, furniture and public art contributions.

Through the guidelines Council want to be able to deliver footways that reflect the adjacent land use and anticipated pedestrian traffic, provide trees for shade and landscape treatments that contribute to the city’s subtropical image and are constructed and maintained to a consistent standard.

New guidance, including a Citywide Streetscape Hierarchy is also part of the guidelines, which will help ensure the city has excellent footways with high amenity and adequate width.

The public exhibition period will end on Thursday November 4 2010 after which the proposed guidelines will be referred back to Council to be adopted into the Brisbane City Plan 2000.

Any person may make a submission to Council regarding the proposed new Brisbane Streetscape Design Guidelines. A properly made submission must be in writing and signed by each person making the submission, state the name and address of each person making the submission; state the grounds of the submission and the facts and circumstances relied on in support of the grounds.

Submissions must be addressed to Brisbane Streetscape Design Guidelines Brisbane City Council, c/o Tullio Ricci, City Planning Branch, GPO Box 1434 Brisbane QLD 4001.

For more information on the guidelines or on making a properly made submission, contact Council on 3403 8888.

Neighbourhood planning in Moggill Bellbowrie off to a flying start

Neighbourhood planning in the Moggill Bellbowrie area is off to a great start following a number of community information sessions hosted by Brisbane City Council recently.

To date, more than 200 people have taken the opportunity to be part of the neighbourhood planning process.

One of the central issues raised by community members during recent public events was the desire for the neighbourhood plan to retain the rural feel of the area, including providing green and open community spaces.

Residents also raised the issue of road improvements, and the need for more pedestrian and cycle paths.

The Moggill/Bellbowrie Community Planning Team (CPT) has also been selected and will assist in the process by providing local knowledge and feedback on behalf of the community that helps inform the planning process.

For more information please visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/neighbourhoodplanning or phone Council on 3403 8888.

River Gateway Neighbourhood Plan Business Breakfast

Brisbane City Council is preparing a new neighbourhood plan for the River Gateway area which includes parts of Carina, Camp Hill, Cannon Hill, Murarrie, Morningside and Seven Hills.

The plan will amend Council’s planning scheme and specify, among other things, where new industrial, residential, commercial, retail and other land uses should go, how they should look and how they relate to neighbouring uses.

Local businesses are invited to attend a business breakfast on Thursday 14 October 2010 to:

  • find out about the River Gateway neighbourhood planning process and where we’re up to in preparing the draft strategy for the area
  • share your views on important issues for businesses in the area and how we can plan to ensure the River Gateway continues to grow as a thriving economic and employment hub
  • meet and network with other local business owners and representatives.

Date:                Thursday 14 October 2010
Time:                7.15am for 7.30am start – 9am
Venue:              Morningside Services Club
                          481 Wynnum Road, Morningside
What:                Neighbourhood planning presentation and buffet breakfast
RSVP:              Friday 8 October to Council on (07) 3403 8698

As places are limited, we ask that a maximum of two representatives from each business attend and that you RSVP to reserve your seat.

For further information visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/neighbourhoodplanning  or phone Council on 3403 8888.

Get involved in planning for the future of Taringa and St Lucia

Brisbane City Council is preparing a renewal strategy for Taringa and St Lucia to manage future growth. The renewal strategy will form the basis of a statutory neighbourhood plan that will set the rules for future development.

The strategy will consider the area’s housing, development, transport and open space needs.  It will focus on key precincts such as Taringa Village, areas adjacent to the University of Queensland and parts of Sir Fred Schonell Drive. 

The area has been selected for renewal because of its proximity to public transport, quality of open space and community facilities and opportunities for high quality redevelopment and economic growth.  

Benefits of the Taringa-St Lucia Renewal Strategy will include:

  • greater housing choices and opportunities for economic investment
  • more vibrant local centres with better shops and centres
  • improved transport outcomes.

Have your say

A community planning team of up to 30 people will be formed to assist in the preparation of the renewal strategy.  The team will include a mix of residents, business people, property owners and community group representatives.

To nominate for the community planning team, complete a community survey or sign up to receive regular project updates, please:

Nominations close Friday 17 September.
The draft renewal strategy will be made available to the community for feedback in early 2011.