September 16, 2017
The Government has emphasised this “missing middle’’ approach between single detached houses and high-rises in its just-released Southeast Queensland Regional Plan.
Council has committed to using new green guidelines promoting designs compatible with the subtropical climate into its assessment of CBD building proposals and is now incorporating them into new neighbourhood plans.
The Brisbane River will be enhanced with five new hubs to enhance recreation and tourism, while extra bridges are on the cards, along with a major expansion of South Bank Parklands.
But council has ruled out a major element of the Future Brisbane action plan – incentives to encourage businesses to set up in hubs in middle-ring and outer suburbs to relieve congestion caused by people travelling into the city centre to work.
“The Brisbane Metro will significantly reduce travel times and support the development and attractiveness of suburban precincts,’’ he says. “Council-related costs for setting up suburban businesses are already significantly cheaper than the CBD.”
State Government projections forecast that the proportion of people who commute into the Brisbane Council area from other parts of the region to work will rise from 31 per cent to 42 per cent by 2041.
Debbie Smith, managing partner for professional services firm PwC, says: “(We need to) think about how we decentralise economic activity away from the CBD and generate more opportunities for people to live closer to their places of work. This will reduce congestion and help boost lifestyles.”
Top demographer Bernard Salt, who conducted exclusive research for the Future Brisbane series, highlights the need to create employment opportunities close to fast-growing residential areas away from the inner city if Brisbane is to avoid the crippling gridlock that’s afflicting other cities.
He insists that direct intervention is necessary, saying: “The Government can lead this process by locating any new departments, divisions or authorities somewhere like Chermside or Mount Gravatt or Springfield, and that in turn draws businesses.”
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