State Government to set minimum standard

Our Council by its own admission is guilty of allowing the creation of some terrible places to live.

I’ve talked about some of my plans to retro-plan these estates.

I know that together we can create a sense of community anywhere.

The State Government is big brother to Local Government and is now taking action to ensure that Councils get the planning for new estates right to begin with.

The layout of streets and footpaths and the presence of street trees have a major influence on whether residents will walk or ride either within, or to and from, their neighbourhood.

While the buildings on these blocks will change over time, these key design elements provide the foundation of our communities

The Queensland Government is progressing amendments to the Planning Regulation 2017 to require assessment managers (Council) to assess certain new residential development against specific assessment benchmarks that support walkable neighbourhoods.

These amendments mean developers
and Council must consider how neighbourhoods are designed for walking when preparing and assessing development proposals for new neighbourhoods.

These new mandatory planning provisions would apply to a development application for the reconfiguration of one or more lots where:

• the reconfiguration is the subdivision of the lot into more than one lot

• the created lots are primarily for a residential
purpose and

• the lot(s) that is to be reconfigured is in, or partly
in, any of the following zones:

a residential zone (that is not a rural residential
zone) or
a centre zone or
an emerging community zone or
mixed-use zone and

• the reconfiguration of the lot(s) will result in the creation or extension of at least one road (including public roads, private roads and no-through roads, but excluding driveways).

Element 1

Street trees on both sides of all streets


An average of one street tree provided every 15 metres on both sides of all streets.

Element 2

Footpaths on at least one side of residential streets and both sides of main streets


A footpath is provided:
• on both sides of access and collector streets; and
• on one side of local access streets

Element 3

Access to parks and open space


Each created lot is 400 metres from the nearest boundary of an existing or committed local, district or regional park or other open space areas (for example, linear park, esplanade, forest reserve, watercourse, coastal foreshore, habitat and wildlife corridors).

Element 4

Maximum street block lengths of 250 metres


The street block length is a maximum of 250 metres:

• from the centerline to centerline of intersecting roads; or

• from the centerline of the intersecting road to the furthest lot boundary of the block, where
there is only one intersecting road.

Element 5

Connected street patterns that respond to the landscape of the local area


• The layout of the street network is a connected and legible grid-like pattern that is responsive to topography.

• The layout demonstrates pedestrian and cyclist connectivity.

• The layout provides for connection to existing and future adjoining land development
where relevant.

It’s our region and it’s our system of planning.

The more places that exceed these minimum standards for design the more liveable our community will be for all of us.

State Government to set minimum standard