The Master Plan proposes ten major city centre projects (transport, new public spaces and buildings), as well as setting out principles for the design of new development, that will be reflected in a new Local Plan. Among other things, the Master Plan lifts the lid on the City Centre, with no building height limits proposed for most of Brisbane’s compact, confined CBD.
The South East Regional Plan was also released this year, which sets high residential infill targets for Brisbane City. The focus of achieving those targets will likely be on the suburbs closest to the city centre. However all are looking forward to Brisbane City Council preparing its “local growth management strategy”, due in June 2006. By the time of the Forum, some preliminary positions will be drifting into the public domain. Already, however, a lot of momentum has built for residential and mixed use redevelopment in Fortitude Valley, Milton, West End, following on pioneering urban renewal in Newstead and Kangaroo Point. How is Brisbane going compared with other Australian cities? Will the residents of Brisbane’s established suburbs accept these changes, unlike in Melbourne?
The 2006 National Urban Design Forum will front-end the Australasian Planning Congress on the Gold Coast. UDAL(Q), UDF, and the Urban Design Chapter of PIA will sponsor and organise the NUDF, along with the urban design stream of the Congress afterwards. We are working out how to maintain the less formal, more interactive flavour of UDF, and yet integrate the program with the Congress, so that it is attractive to attend both. James Coutts, now at EDAW Gillespies and this year’s Chairman of UDAL(Q), is convening the committee to organise these two events.
More information will be available shortly.