The new Brisbane City Plan is now in formal exhibition for the next 60 days and you have your chance to have your say on the changes to the city plan.
New Brisbane City Plan Homepage:
When employing a building designer or architectural draftsperson to design your home, it is very important that they have a thorough understanding of the requirements for your particular location and block. Not only to ensure a smooth application process through council, but also to ensure you get the best out of your home, despite sometimes strict controls on the City Plan allows you to do to your house and land.
One of the biggest reasons for council re-evaluating the City Plan was setting Brisbane up to cope better with floods and recovery from these events. In relation to flood-prone areas, there have been some big improvements. Council has developed a new flood overlay code incorporating 6 Flood Planning Areas (FPA) which indicate levels of flood risk:
- FPA1 - Flooding very likely with fast moving water,
- FPA2 - Flooding likely with fast moving water,
- FPA3 - Flooding likely with moderately moving water,
- FPA4 - Flooding likely with slow moving water,
- FPA5 - No recent history of flooding, but there is potential for flooding.
- Local Overland Flow - Water rising quickly but also receding quickly
Homes in these areas are individually assessed by council when renovations or extensions are applied for. Minimum standards for floor heights apply and an extended 9.5m max height is available to ensure adequate height. This increased height restriction was originally only in Council's TLPI (Temporary Local Planning Instrument), but has now been permanently incorporated into the new plan.
This will affect most houses having drafting done in local Brisbane suburbs like Moorooka, Tarragindi, Milton, Graceville, Sherwood and other severely impacted flood-prone areas. This is just one aspect of the changes to the City Plan.
Check out the plan in the link above for more information in regards to the new Brisbane City Plan. Remember the plan is still in draft so you can still have your say in what you would like to see incorporated or removed from the plan.