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Have your say: Mandatory provisions for neighbourhood design

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

On 15 December 2019, the Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning announced the Queensland Government will be introducing five mandatory neighbourhood design elements, with state-wide effect.

The Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP) is currently progressing amendments to the Planning Regulation 2017 to require assessment managers to assess certain new residential development against specific assessment benchmarks that support walkable neighbourhoods.

This follows consultation on the Creating healthy & active communities consultation paper, proposed Model Code for Neighbourhood Design, and proposed mandatory provisions, conducted in July/August 2019.

The five mandatory neighbourhood design elements being introduced are:

  • An average of one tree every 15 metres on both sides of all streets
  • Footpaths on at least one side of residential streets and both sides of main streets
  • Each lot is within a five-minute walk (approx. 400 metres) of a local, district or regional park or other open space area
  • Maximum block lengths of 250 metres
  • Connected street patterns that respond to the landscape of local areas

DSDMIP has prepared a document outlining where and how the five mandatory provisions will apply. The closing date for submissions to DSDMIP is 31 January 2020.

The LGAQ is currently reviewing the five mandatory provisions against the key points raised in our previous submission to DSDMIP. If wish to contribute feedback to the LGAQ on the recently announced five mandatory provisions for neighbourhood design, please send any comments through to Crystal Baker, Lead - Planning & Development by COB 24 January 2020.

Alternatively, councils can provide feedback directly to DSDMIP by 31 January 2020 via:

DSDMIP are continuing to work on revisions to the Model Code for Neighbourhood Design based on feedback from previous submissions. The revised model code is expected to come into effect in the first half of 2020.

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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