Brisbane ban on 'cookie-cutter' townhouses could be enforced by July
There can be conflicts between stability and economic efficiency and it is sometimes important to prioritize stability. Money is not everything. People do value stability. Change can be too much. So a balance is needed. And Brisbane people do value their reassuring streetscapes of old wooden houses. They want them to stay
For many born-Queenslanders such as I am, those houses have a warm and comfortable feeling whereas a modern brick house seems cold and lifeless. Hard to say why but there's probably more to it than familiarity. Timber is from a living thing so that may have some influence.
I have spent a lot of time and money restoring old Queensland houses and when I walk into an empty one of them I can feel all the families who have lived there before. I can almost hear the children playing. Its a feeling of continuity with other people like myself in the past. It feels right.
I suppose I am a sentimental old fool but I am far from alone. There is already in Brisbane a total ban on demolishing any pre-war house
A ban on townhouses and apartment blocks in Brisbane’s character suburbs could come into effect before the end of the financial year, after the state government gave the green light for public consultation.
In September last year, the council requested state government's approval to amend the council’s City Plan 2014, in a bid to prevent apartment blocks and townhouses from being built on blocks larger than 3000 square metres in low-density residential zoned suburbs.
On Wednesday evening, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick gave Brisbane City Council the go-ahead to progress to public consultation.
He said council was required to consult with the community on the proposed amendments for 20 business days.
“Once the council has completed the consultation they will be required to submit the proposed amendments, including feedback received during the consultation period, for my approval to proceed to adoption,” he said.
“It is now up to the council to consult with the community to test the adequacy of the proposed amendment with the broader community and industry.” The ban would last for two years, if approved.
Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner welcomed the government's tick of approval for council to progress its plans to halt "cookie-cutter townhouses".
“I am committed to building the infrastructure our city needs, while protecting the liveability of our suburbs and that is exactly what this proposed major amendment can achieve,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Brisbane is growing, but Council is committed to maintaining the character of our suburbs and ensuring any development fits in with the existing surroundings.
The opening of public consultation comes as nearly 6000 properties around Coorparoo have been rezoned to character residential under Brisbane City Council’s latest neighbourhood plan.
The rezoning means more properties will be protected to retain the typical Queensland house from being demolished or altered significantly.