Residents have told Council they want better housing and better neighbourhoods.

To achieve this, changes need to be made to the Moreton Bay Region’s planning rules via the Better Housing Amendment.

Since the Moreton Bay Regional Council Planning Scheme commenced in 2016, our neighbourhoods have grown and changed and residents have identified some key concerns, like wanting:

  • more room to live
  • more green space
  • more parking
  • more appealing streets.

Council is working to address these concerns but the planning system is complex and can take time to navigate. The Better Housing Amendment proposes a range of updates to the planning scheme to enable Council to better address residents’ concerns, including:

  • lot sizes that can accommodate backyards for outdoor living
  • appropriate setbacks and site coverage to avoid overcrowded neighbourhoods and loss of privacy, sunlight and breezes
  • diverse types of housing in well-chosen locations that offer affordable lifestyles
  • more greenery like open areas, trees and landscaping, so neighbourhoods look and feel good
  • better parking requirements — to accommodate cars on-site and less on our streets.

Current status

A planning scheme amendment is a long and complex process that involves many steps, reviews and input from various stakeholders. It is a statutory process that is set by state government legislation. Click here to learn more about the amendment process.

Council is at an early stage of this process and preparation of the amendment is currently in progress. On 2 November 2022, Council decided to progress the draft amendment to the state government for its initial review. The draft amendment is subject to change during this time.

Following state government feedback, the draft amendment will then be shared with our communities and key stakeholders for comment. At that time, Council will be calling for formal submissions during a 20-business day public consultation period. Having your say will help us work towards better housing and better neighbourhoods.

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What's included in the amendment?

The amendment will propose changes under five key areas to support better outcomes in our neighbourhoods.

The amendment will propose changes for future development in Next Generation Neighbourhoods to make them more liveable, comfortable and attractive. Changes focus on:

Design quality, amenity and liveability

The Next generation neighbourhood precinct (and equivalent Transition precinct) support neighbourhoods that:

  • contain variety and interest in their built form through a mix of housing types;
  • include more greenspace for liveability, amenity and to reduce overdevelopment; and
  • sensitively integrate with their surrounds, where these areas are not planned for growth and change.

Housing diversity and affordability

The precinct has consistent and clear policy to support its role in delivering a greater mix of housing types, including diverse and affordable housing options.

Walkable and well-serviced neighbourhoods

To make the most of existing infrastructure and deliver high-quality neighbourhoods, the greatest mix of housing types and the highest density of housing in the precinct occur in walkable, well-serviced catchments to train stations and existing or proposed higher order and district centres, that provide a wide range of goods, services and employment opportunities.

Outside these areas, reduced housing mix and lower density housing are anticipated because of the reduced proximity and walkability of these locations to major public transport or centres.

The amendment will propose changes to address insufficient car parking in our neighbourhoods.

New development will be provided with off-street car parking sufficient to appropriately cater for resident and visitor parking demand for the following uses:

  • Multiple dwellings
  • Student accommodation
  • Dual occupancy and Dwelling houses.

The amendment will propose changes to improve how future secondary dwellings (e.g. granny flats) are designed and located in our neighbourhoods. Changes include:

Greater transparency on how secondary dwellings need to operate

Secondary dwellings are clearly differentiated from Dual occupancy (duplex style) development to support improved transparency on expected outcomes.

Resolving impacts of overdevelopment on smaller lots

Secondary dwellings only occur on sites of a size and shape that can accommodate all necessary functions of a primary Dwelling house and secondary dwelling to reduce impacts of overdevelopment on smaller lots.

Improving streetscapes and managing privacy and amenity impacts

Secondary dwellings share unrestricted access to on-site utilities and services, private open space areas and allocated off-street car parking spaces to support their ongoing relationship with the primary Dwelling house.

Secondary dwellings are designed, sited and oriented on-site to avoid adverse privacy and amenity impacts to adjoining properties.

The amendment will propose changes to the design of future student accommodation development. Changes include:

Minimising adverse impacts

The density of student accommodation development (number of students/ beds) is managed to minimise adverse impacts on the amenity of neighbouring properties.

Positive streetscapes and open spaces

Student accommodation incorporates visually attractive design elements and open space/ landscaped areas to provide a comfortable living environment and positive streetscape contribution.

Providing sufficient off-street car parking

Student accommodation is provided with sufficient off-street car parking to meet resident and staff parking demand.

The Warner Investigation Area boundary is proposed to be updated to re-clarify Council’s position on future urban growth and development in the area, in response to planning investigations and community consultation previously undertaken in 2017.

It relates to the part of the Investigation Area located south of Conflagration Creek and Warner and Coorparoo Roads that contains pre-existing rural residential development, along with areas to the west containing matters of state environmental significance. Click here to view a map showing the proposed boundary adjustment.