Council is undertaking a Coastal Building Design Review in Bribie Island and we want your feedback.

The Coastal Building Design project looks at the design features that make up our coastal buildings such as the proportions of buildings, building separation and setbacks, overshadowing, creating interesting frontages, materials and sub-tropical design features such as balconies, green roofs and green walls.

We want to ensure new buildings are inspired by the existing character and identity that makes Moreton Bay a great place to live, while accommodating for population growth and future housing requirements.

Through good design we can enhance the coastal character of these areas and build on the existing lifestyle of these communities.

It’s important that we have sustainable building designs and planning policies in place that reflect our community’s changing needs. Council is committed to guiding development for the long-term sustainability of our region.

Through this project we want to:

  • better guide growth and development while considering the things that make the area unique
  • improve development outcomes on the ground and better align them with the neighbourhoods we all want for the future
  • provide opportunities for communities to be included in the planning process for their area.

The beauty of Bribie Island will continue to attract people and providing new homes of different shapes and sizes can also help current residents “age in place” so that they don’t have to move from their community.

Phase 1 engagement results

Between 31 July and 1 September 2023 we asked the community to tell us about the built form and design they would most like to see taller buildings take.

We formed a Community Reference Group (CRG) made up of local residents who are helping us better understand this feedback. The CRG worked with the Council’s planners and consultants to help further understand the Bribie Island community’s values and better understand issues and aspirations to inform future building design policies.


Building form options

There are different forms taller buildings can take, each with their own benefits and impacts that need to be considered. The forms of buildings can affect the character of your neighbourhood.

Impacts associated with taller buildings are mostly caused by either the building’s height or the building’s setbacks (distance) from property boundaries. Blocks can have rear, front and side setbacks, and each setback size can impact on the neighbouring buildings and the look and feel of an area.

Setbacks can accommodate private gardens, above ground car parks, driveways, pools, tennis courts, stairs, ramps, retaining walls, outdoor structures and more.

The height of a building affects shadows.

Below are four examples of buildings for the purposes of understanding preference. These are basic building forms. Click on the icons to find out more.

All four of the building form diagrams accommodate approximately the same number of units. The photo examples will differ in number of units.
Image showing four types of building form options

Ways the community provided feedback

The community provided feedback via a survey and ideas tool.

Council also established a Community Reference Group (CRG) made up of local residents who helped us better understand this feedback. Learn more about the role of the CRG.

All of this feedback will inform a draft report on preferred design features for coastal buildings. The community will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft report in 2025. Click the +Follow button to be kept updated on this project.