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Have your say: Model Code for Neighbourhood Design and proposed mandatory provisions


Wednesday, 24 July 2019

The Queensland Government has released for public comment a consultation paper Creating healthy and active communities, and a new Model Code for Neighbourhood Design.

Why it matters

The new Model Code has been developed for use by local governments when making or amending a planning scheme and is based on the former draft Reconfiguring a Lot Code released by Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP) in 2016. 

The consultation paper proposes that a range of components from the new Model Code be made mandatory for all new residential developments in Queensland. 

The proposed mandatory provisions relate to each of the following:  

  1. The street network is based on a grid-like structure to encourage ease of movement and walkability
  2. Limit the use of cul-de-sac streets. Where cul-de-sac streets exist cul-de-sac heads allow through access for pedestrians and cyclists
  3. Have footpaths complemented by street trees on both sides of most streets
  4. Have blocks no longer than 130 metres with longer blocks having mid-block pedestrian links
  5. Have parks and open spaces within comfortable walking distance of every dwelling. 

In a previous submission on the Queensland Building Plan Discussion Paper in 2017, the LGAQ provided support-in-principle for a model reconfiguring a lot code but opposed mandatory implementation of the code. Of relevance, the current LGAQ Policy Statement also stipulates the following: 

* Local government opposes state government land use planning policy or intervention that inhibits local decision making. 
* Local government supports the use of a standard structure, definitions, codes and other components common to all local planning instruments to improve consistency without compromising the ability of local governments to respond to local planning issues.

Have your say

The LGAQ will be making a submission to DSDMIP on the new Model Code and proposed mandatory provisions and is seeking your input on this matter. 

If you would like to contribute to the LGAQ’s submission, could you please send any feedback through to Crystal Baker, LGAQ Lead - Planning & Development before COB Monday 26 August 2019

Submissions can also be made directly to DSDMIP via email by 1 September 2019.


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


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