With newspapers like Quest News and the Gold Coast Bulletin succumbing to the financial impacts of COVID-19 and moving to become digital only publications, the Minister has introduced new temporary public notification requirements for development applications under the Planning (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020.
On 11 February 2020, Brisbane City Council officially adopted Major amendment package H (Citywide amendment – Restricting townhouses from single-home areas) which came into effect as part of the Brisbane City Plan 2014 v19.00/2020 on 1 May 2020.
Local planning schemes are regularly updated to accommodate for changes in legislation, community consultation and the latest information regarding best practice planning for specific localities. The changes can be minor, administrative or major amendments.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner released Brisbane City Council’s 2019 – 2020 Annual Plan and Budget on Wednesday 12 June 2019. As the first budget released under the new Lord Mayor, there has been a significant focus on improving transport and green spaces.
Apartments and townhouses will no longer be developed in Brisbane’s suburbs zoned low-density residential. Earlier this month, Brisbane City Council voted unanimously in favour of making a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) under the Planning Act 2016(the Act) to ban apartments and townhouses in low density residential areas.
Changes to Queensland’s planning legislation has introduced new opportunities for private community infrastructure providers to apply to the Planning Minister for an Infrastructure Designation.
With the need for retirement and aged care housing options in Brisbane expected to increase by 50% by 2027, Brisbane City Council is proposing an array of amendments to the City Plan 2014 to increase the supply of suitable housing and enable Brisbane residents to retire within their suburb and community.