Council is undertaking a Coastal Building Design Review in Redcliffe Peninsula and Deception Bay and we want your feedback.

Moreton Bay is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, so it’s important we have sustainable building designs and planning policies in place that reflect our community’s changing needs.

We know our region needs to provide homes for an additional 210,000 residents over the next 20 years. Council is committed to guiding this growth and development for the long-term sustainability of our region.

By building up existing urban areas we can reduce the impact of sprawl on rural and natural places so we can continue to ‘Go Green as we Grow’.

Redcliffe Peninsula and Deception Bay are great examples of existing urban areas that can accommodate new homes of many different shapes and sizes, but we know it's important to get the planning right. Through this project we want to:

  • better guide growth and development while considering the things that make the area unique
  • improve the 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 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, 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.


Phase 1 engagement results

Between 15 May and 16 June 2023 we asked the community to tell us about the built form and design they would most like to see taller buildings take.

We will be forming a Community Reference Group (CRG) made up of local residents who will help us better understand this feedback. The CRG will work with Council’s planners and consultants to help further understand the Redcliffe Peninsula and Deception Bay 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 building forms without any architectural features or detailing.

Each of these examples accommodates approximately the same number of units.

Click on the icons to find out more.

Images of 4 different forms of taller buildings

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.