Neighbourhood Plan Propose Changes to Brisbane's Spring Hill


The Queensland Government is set to review the council-endorsed Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan, which comes with a number of changes that will attempt to encourage ongoing renewal of Spring Hill and the broader CBD area.

Overlooking the Brisbane city centre, Spring Hill is home to vital hospitals and schools, as well as a strong business community that will continue to play an important role as the city grows.

The Brisbane City Council's City Centre Master Plan 2014 identified a need to optimise the potential of Spring Hill through planning for future growth, while protecting heritage places.

The current neighbourhood plan for the area, the Petrie Terrace and Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan, was developed more than 30 years ago.

Industry research and advisory company Urbis have published a brief outline of what the revised Spring Hill Neighbourhood Plan contains before it goes to the Queensland government for final review.
Building Height Provisions
The building height provisions will not change after state government review.

Building height was permitted up to 30 storeys, depending on the site location and the size of the site.

Sites less than 800 square metres are typically a maximum of three storeys, except where in a community facilities zone.

Urbis said the building height regulations encourage site amalgamation to provide additional building height.
Maximum Street Building Height

Previous Version

Two storeys for all sites in the principal centre, district, mixed use zone and community facilities zones where identified as a "Building Height Transition".

What’s changed?

Buildings cannot be greater than three storeys if they reside in the principal centre zone, and cannot exceed two storeys in the district centre zone or mixed use zone.

"While this is new for a Neighbourhood Plan, this is similar to a ‘maximum podium height’. Three storeys in the principal centre zone is now closer to street building heights in the same zone in other areas of the city," Urbis said.
Outdoor Landscaped Spaces
There are no changes to the requirement that outdoor landscaped spaces had to be a minimum 30% of the site area.

This applies for a site in the principal centre zone, district centre zone, mixed-use zone or community facilities zone.

Tower Site Cover
Tower site cover was regulated to 40% in principal centre zones and 30% in the district centre zone or mixed use zone.

The cover was proposed to increased to 60% for sites greater than 1,800 square metres, regardless of zoning.

There is no maximum tower site cover for any sites less than 1,800 square metres.

"Tower Site Cover has been retained as a trigger for category of assessment from code to impact where in the principal centre zone, district centre zone and mixed-use zone."
Setbacks have been consolidated.

"Tower setbacks have been reduced. ‘Special boundaries’ of the Neighbourhood Plan are typically smaller streets and ‘laneways’ to address transition and amenity to lower density."

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