Brisbane's vision for the future
Brisbane's CBD is set to rise higher in the next 20 years. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Think fewer cars in the city, towering skyscrapers and thick residential development along key suburban transport corridors and you have an idea of how Brisbane is going to develop over the next 20 years.
Extensive subtropical landscaping across major lifestyle hubs and a renewed focus on public transport are other key features of the new draft City Plan 2012, due to be passed on to the state government for approval.
But what does the plan actually look like? How will it affect you? We've mapped the major aspects of the draft plan to paint a picture of Brisbane's development.
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The result reveals a shoring up of the identities of Brisbane's high-profile pockets, such as the city centre, South Brisbane, Woolloongabba and Fortitude Valley and the confirmation of major centres at Chermside, Indooroopilly and Upper Mount Gravatt as primary sponges for suburban growth.
- Travelling the major transport corridors
- The City Centre: fewer cars, more trees
- Life at The Valley, in The Gabba and along The Bank
And while the plan doesn't depart dramatically from the preceding blueprint – City Plan 2000 – in terms of storey allowances and zoning, it does confirm the locations of several major growth nodes on vital transport routes snaking out from the CBD.
The nodes are to bear the brunt of increased residential densities and will see new and in-fill development to meet the council's aim of an additional 156,000 dwellings before 2031 brought about by a booming population.
Greater employment densities at these nodes will also see a good share of the 290,000 new jobs allowed for in the plan centred in the areas, though the draft flags congestion and transport as serious issues that would affect this outcome.
But where are these nodes?
A look at the draft City Plan 2012 map reveals the major transport corridors supporting the heaviest growth outside the CBD and established major centres.
Of the nine corridors in the plan, four are likely to require significant government spending on transport and other infrastructure to support projected growth.
According to the plan, the Brisbane north-east rail corridor, which spans Bowen Hills to Northgate, will need more investment in transport networks, with the Western Orbital Motorway project, Gateway Arterial system and north-west rail corridor outlined as priority projects.
The high-profile Cross River rail project – a scaled-back $4.5 billion version of which is currently being considered by Infrastructure Australia – is identified as essential to the development of the Brisbane south rail corridor, which stretches from the Princess Alexandra Hospital to Coopers Plains.
Transport constraints relating to the Walter Taylor Bridge will hamper development along Brisbane's south-west rail corridor, while the plan also calls for an investigation of an expanded bus network between the University of Queensland and Moggill Road, and the local rail link to the city.
Meanwhile, much of the transport needs along the Enoggera Road and north-west rail corridor, stretching from Kelvin Grove to Mitchelton, are expected to be met by the duplication of the railway due to be completed next year.
However, the draft does identify significant capacity constraints at intersections in the area and recommends further investigation into augmenting local roads.
As flagged by Fairfax Media, the shape of the city in the future will rest on pedestrian access, public transport expansion and the continued development of various focused precincts.
Carrying on in a similar vein to City Plan 2000, the Brisbane's CBD of the future will see “a reduced dependence on private vehicle usage” driven by the commitment prohibit any more public car parking and restrictions on parking in new developments.
The anti-car push affects people who live in the city – a number set to sky rocket according to population estimates – with the draft plan warning “inner-city residents should not expect the same provision of on-site car parking as in other residential areas of Brisbane”.
The plan says city locals “should not have the same need for private car use” as their counterparts in the suburbs.
Residents and workers can also expect to see the city skyline continue its upwards trajectory, with the draft reinforcing the CBD “as the only major high rise commercial area in the city with no limit on the height of towers that may be built in non-sensitive areas.”
Building heights remain limited by flight paths to 274m but in keeping with the established trend that brought forward monoliths such as the Soleil and Infinity towers the plan places emphasis on “larger towers rather than a greater number of smaller towers”.
But any new development will have to provide public places for festivals and cultural and community events, be landscaped with subtropical vegetation and offer shade – the plan calls for continuous cover around the CBD.
Fortitude Valley, Woolloongabba, New Farm and South Brisbane/South Bank continue to develop as the city's key lifestyle destinations with the draft plan affirming their distinct identities and entrenching their "hot-spot" reputations.
There's little change to height restrictions across these areas compared to those outlined in the existing City Plan 2000, which saw buildings skyrocket upwards. The development of South Brisbane and Woolloongabba as secondary city centres is assured with confirmation that buildings up to 30 storeys high, with the recent approval of the three-tower Chalk Hotel development at Stanley Street an example of what's to come.
Vulture Street in West End are set to see more shade and greenery, with the redevelopment of the old Absoe site on Boundary Street under a 15-storey height cap to bring “vibrant village atmospheres”, a new urban plaza or public space and a new CityGlider station on Mollison Street.
Commuters can also look forward to development of the South Bank rail and bus stations, with the future development of the Parmalat site at the Kurilpa Bridge planned as “a mixed-use landmark for Brisbane”.
Meanwhile Fortitude Valley's identity as a multi-dimensional, “nationally recognised destination” of new and old buildings, laneways and cultures remains intact, even as concentrated residential development in the precinct's heart combined with a new building standards policy announced by council moves to alter the grunge appeal of the area forever.
The new draft City Plan 2012 is currently before council. It will be up for final debate on Friday, before a vote will likely see it approved and passed from City Hall to the state department.