In April 2018, the Queensland Government completed a review of the Coorparoo and Districts Draft Neighbourhood Plan (Neighbourhood Plan). The Neighbourhood Plan has been in development by Brisbane City Council (Council) in consultation with residents since October 2015 to amend the Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan).
The Logan Road transport corridor forms the centre of the amendments to the Neighbourhood Plan, affecting parts of Coorparoo, Greenslopes, Holland Park, Holland Park West and Camp Hill (the area). The South East Queensland Regional Plan identifies that, by 2031, the Brisbane local government area will need 156,000 more dwelling houses than in 2006 to accommodate the expected growth of the region. The Strategic Framework of the City Plan identifies the Greenslopes and Holland Park Centres as growth nodes.
The Neighbourhood Plan will also encompass areas currently in the Holland Park-Tarragindi neighbourhood plan. The affected areas will, upon adoption and gazettal, be adopted into the Neighbourhood Plan area.
The focus of the Neighbourhood Plan and the original draft Coorparoo and Districts Neighbourhood Plan strategy, released for public comment in October 2016, was based on the following issues identified by the community:
- The protection of character housing and heritage places;
- The removal of the traditional building character overlay in areas where character is fragmented;
- Supporting the growth of the community and shopping hubs in the area;
- The transformation of the Greenslopes Private Hospital area into a healthcare hub;
- The promotion of diverse housing types and sustainable development centred around employment, public transport and open spaces;
- Increased public access to greenspaces and areas of natural significance, such as Stephens Mountain, Thompson Estate Reserve and CB Mott Park; and
- Improved transition between centre uses.
The method by which the Council seeks to achieve these outcomes is by introducing the below precincts:
- Logan Road precinct;
- Greenslopes Private Hospital Precinct; and
- Stephens Mountain former extractive quarry precinct.
Logan Road precinct
The Logan Road precinct seeks to balance residential and commercial growth along the Logan Road transport corridor. The development of this precinct aims to renew streetscape appeal by promoting active street frontages.
The Logan Road precinct also aims to improve the transition between centre uses by managing the transition between three to five storey mixed use development, six story centre uses, lower density low rise development and five storey medium-density residential development.
Complementary to key planning outcomes about establishing distinct centres, the Logan Road precinct aims to create three distinct centres supported by mixed-uses and medium-density residential development in Holland Park, Greenslopes Mall and Greenslopes.
Greenslopes Private Hospital precinct
The Greenslopes Private Hospital precinct will encompass the area surrounding the Greenslopes Private Hospital. This area has traditionally been a residential area abutted by the growing health facility. The area will be afforded complementary development made under the draft Neighbourhood Plan, such as shops, retail, dining, health and community-focused facilities, to enhance the residential amenity of the area, as well as conveniences for staff and visitors to the Greenslopes Private Hospital.
The Greenslopes Private Hospital precinct seeks to create a soft transition between the hospital and residential area by decreasing the building bulk, scale and height requirements on the perimeter of the hospital site.
Stephens Mountain former extractive quarry precinct
The Stephens Mountain former extractive quarry precinct is proposed to be put in place to ensure future planning for the Energex depot situated on this site, should the Energex operation cease.
The Stephens Mountain former extractive quarry precinct identifies this area as being appropriate for high density residential development to increase dwelling density in the area. The site has been deemed as having minimal ecological and landscape value and will facilitate mixed housing types adjoined by small-scale commercial activities with complementary transitions.
This precinct will adjoin the Greenslopes Busway and will prove to be a convenient transport hub for the proposed future mixed-use area.
Formal submissions on the draft Neighbourhood Plan are due by close of business Friday, 8 June 2018.
This article was written by Peter Bittner, Partner, Luke Walker, Associate and Thomas Canniffe, Law Graduate.
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