Planning for well-designed and liveable communities
The LGAQ received considerable feedback from members in late August 2019 to inform its submission on the State Government’s ‘Creating healthy and active communities’ Consultation Paper, Model Code for Neighbourhood Design and proposed mandatory provisions.
The five neighbourhood design outcomes that are proposed to be mandatory for all new residential developments in Queensland include:
- street networks to be based on a grid-like pattern
- limits to the use of cul-de-sac streets and where cul-de-sac streets exist, provide through access for pedestrians and cyclists
- footpaths complemented by street trees to be provided on both sides of most streets
- maximum street block lengths of 130m, with longer blocks having mid-block pedestrian links
- maximum walking distances of 400m between housing and local parks.
Overall, the LGAQ made 7 recommendations to the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP) including support for a Model Code, with refinements, to be included in the relevant State Planning Policy state interest guidance material, and empowering councils to continue to plan appropriately for their local communities, with their local communities.
The LGAQ opposed mandatory implementation of the Model Code (or any components of the Model Code) and any further reforms that shift infrastructure costs onto councils and the community.
A full copy of the LGAQ submission can be viewed here.
To support our submission, we’ve now also recorded a podcast on planning for well-designed and liveable communities in Queensland to emphasise the importance of continued local community input and engagement in decision making, the active role councils already play in promoting and encouraging well-designed and liveable communities, and concerns with the proposed one size fits all approach through state-wide mandatory provisions.
Planning for well-designed and liveable communities – The LGAQ has recorded a podcast on planning for well-designed and liveable communities in Queensland to support its recent submission to the State Government on the ‘Creating healthy and active communities’ Consultation Paper, Model Code for Neighbourhood Design and proposed mandatory provisions.
DSDMIP is currently considering submissions on the Model Code for Neighbourhood Design and proposed mandatory provisions. The Department of Housing and Public Works is also working towards development of a Queensland House Code to complement the Model Code for Neighbourhood Design as envisaged by the Queensland Building Plan 2017.
The LGAQ will continue discussions with both departments to advocate for alignment of these initiatives and to minimise the impacts for local government.
The LGAQ also participates as a steering committee member for an initiative of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland Division (in partnership with the State Government), to develop a revised Street Planning & Design Manual for Queensland. Public consultation on a draft revised Street Planning & Design Manual is expected in late 2019.
For any questions and/or further information please contact your LGAQ contact for this matter - Crystal Baker, Advocacy Lead - Planning & Development.
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LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006
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