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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Planning Minister clears draft South Brisbane neighbourhood plan for public consultation

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Wednesday, August 04, 2010

    Planning Minister clears draft South Brisbane neighbourhood plan for public consultation

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe has today provided conditional approval of Brisbane City Council’s (BCC’s) draft South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan.

    Mr Hinchliffe said he had assessed council’s draft plan for potential effects on state interests and reduced draft building heights in the ‘precinct 7 – Riverside South’ area.

    He said building heights in the precinct had been reduced from the proposed 12 to seven storeys in residential areas, and from the proposed eight to four storeys in mixed-use zones. Precinct 7 is adjacent to the Toowong reach of the Brisbane River and bordered by Riverside Drive and Montague Road.

    The amended neighbourhood plan, which covers seven South Brisbane precincts, will now go out for formal public consultation. BCC has also made significant changes to the preliminary plan. Submissions made during consultation will be considered by BCC before the plan is resubmitted to Mr Hinchliffe for final assessment.

    “In Precinct 7, council’s draft building heights have been reduced to the existing maximum due to limited access to shops, schools and other social infrastructure in that area,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The need for additional dwellings will be met by other sites being progressed by the State Government and Brisbane City Council through innovative planning around busways, railway stations and other public transport hubs.’’

    He said the State Government would continue to progress high density sites such as the proposed Woolloongabba Urban Development Area (UDA).

    “The State Government’s work to master plan the Woolloongabba Urban Development Area will take significant development pressure off areas like South Brisbane and West End,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The Woolloongabba UDA will provide an alternative location for an estimated 2,500 dwellings in an area with public and social infrastructure services such as busways, railways and shops.’’

    He said building heights at the Woolloongabba UDA could reach up to 40 storeys above the transport interchange and 20 to 30 storeys across other parts of the site.

    “South-east Queensland continues to grow so we can either increase building density where it can work or let our cities sprawl – and this government will not accelerate urban sprawl,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The Bligh Government is committed to protecting the region’s green lungs, such as our significant bushlands, fringe farmlands and parklands with innovative planning in developed areas close to high quality public transport.

    “This will not only protect our green lungs and suburbs, but reduce the load on our roads.’’

    He said the State Government would also continue to build in regional areas and reduce pressure on the state’s south east.

    He said in the last four months the Bligh Government had announced six Urban Development Areas outside the south east corner. In addition, 57 per cent of this year’s $17.1 billion capital works budget had been dedicated to building the regions.

    “I encourage residents to voice their opinions during council’s public consultation period,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.

    Brisbane City Council’s consultation on the draft South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan is expected to start in coming weeks.

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