Brisbane City Council is regularly undertaking initiatives that they call ‘neighbourhood plans’. These plans, as Council describes, are a tool to manage Brisbane’s constant change and accommodate growth and better protect valued environments at a local level. Neighbourhood plans also take Property developments in Brisbane into account - they prepare areas for the latest property developments and hopefully laying the foundation for a sustainable neighbourhood. Neighbourhood Plans are eventually incorporated into Brisbane’s planning scheme to guide new development and infrastructure.
Brisbane City Council has a number of neighbourhood plans in the works, and these plans are currently in key phases during 2017.
Newstead North Neighbourhood Plan
According to Brisbane City Council, the Neighbourhood Plan for Newstead has been made to help balance industrial, business and residential uses in Newstead North in order to help brand the area as a desirable inner-city precinct and support its economic growth. Once complete, the Newstead North Neighbourhood Plan will become part of Brisbane’s planning scheme to guide the newest developments and infrastructure in Newstead North.
The Newstead North plan area includes parts of Bowen Hills and Newstead and is approximately three kilometres north-east of the Brisbane CBD.
Prior to writing the draft for Newstead North’s Neighbourhood Plan, a draft strategy was developed which contains a number of key ideas that underpin the plan’s actions and policy decisions. These ideas are relatively simple and over-arching, but their concepts allow for a vast number of specific and pin-pointed moves in terms of zoning, property development and industrial activity.
Firstly, the Neighbourhood Plan intends to support the ongoing role and continued evolution of inner-city industry and business activity by:
Newstead NorthBreakfast Creek Wharf
Breakfast Creek Wharf has been identified as a key development site and local destination in Newstead, and part of the Neighbourhood Plan will focus on nurturing this area. The plan contains initiatives that will foster a redevelopment of Breakfast Creek Wharf, including:
The Kangaroo Point peninsula study area is bounded by the Brisbane River, Mowbray Park, Shafston Avenue and the southern boundary of St Vincent’s Private Hospital. The area is directly across the river from the CBD and has approximately three kilometres of Brisbane River frontage.
At present, the project is currently in the background research and community consultation phase until late 2016. By mid-2017, the draft renewal strategy aims to be ready for public feedback. The draft neighbourhood plan will be due for release and public feedback between mid and late 2017, with adoption of the neighbourhood plan provisionally scheduled for mid-2018.
The Kangaroo Point Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan has not been formulated yet, but Council has reportedly identified some key strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats within the area which will inspire the plan's future contents.
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