BCC Developers Update

BCC developer update

At the end of July Brisbane City Councillor Matthew Bourke presented about Brisbane’s Future Blueprint and released a draft residential design guide to compliment the Brisbane City Plan which was due to be released with 7 days.

The key topics from the presentation for developers were that the Brisbane City council aim to;

One, create a city of neighbourhoods; Two, protect and create greenspace; Three, protect the Brisbane backyard and Brisbane’s unique character and Four, ensure the best practice design that complements Brisbane’s character is being implemented.

The two major amendments announced in the presentation were preventing townhouse and apartments from being established in Low Density residential zones and increasing parking ratios to two parking spaces for 2 and 3 bedroom units and 2.5 parking spaces for 4 or more-bedroom units.

The draft document focused achieving better design outcomes for new projects. It included a checklist divided into two sections; processes and elements.

Within these sections’ developers will need to undertake various analytics that look into macro and micro scale design. Ranging from the neighbourhood as a whole right down to the visual appeal and identity or even the liveability and function of the development as a standalone.

Processes Checklist

Neighbourhood analysis– This would be achieved by ensuring a neighbourhood analysis have been undertaken. A neighbourhood analysis plan should show:

  • parks
  • shops and businesses
  • public transport
  • pedestrian/cycle routes
  • schools and other common facilities
  • built form
  • topography
  • character of the area
  • heritage buildings and places and anticipated growth areas (reflected in Brisbane City Plan 2014)

Street analysis– a written street analysis in accordance with design process will be prepared. A streetscape analysis should show:

  • type of street
  • pedestrian/cycle paths
  • street trees
  • driveways
  • utilities and services
  • heritage assets
  • built form (including materials and key building features)
  • views/vistas

Site analysis– A site analysis plan should show:

  • Existing vegetation
  • Services and utility locations
  • Heritage assets
  • Gradient/topography/site levels
  • Sun path
  • Prevailing winds
  • Shadow diagrams of existing and proposed buildings
  • Noise-sensitive areas
  • Overland water flow paths

Building analysis – The built form analysis should show:

  • Height and bulk
  • Roof form
  • Materials
  • Utilities and services
  • Proposed development in the street setting
  • Shadow diagram
  • Internal layouts and communal spaces
  • Access points
  • Landscaping approach
  • Function/use of internal and external spaces

Elements checklist

Green and leafy neighbourhood – the checklist will include:

  • Generous landscaping areas at the front of the property
  • Plentiful outdoor spaces with shade trees
  • Landscaping that flows through site in unison with the built form
  • Green walks, green roofs and other greenery above ground level
  • Verge planting
  • Street trees that shade pedestrian and cycle paths

Subtropical design – the subtropical checklist will include:

  • Shading devices and weather protection that respond to each elevation, including generous eaves and screening to east and west facades exposed to summer sun
  • Natural light and ventilation into communal areas such as hallways, lobbies and stairwells
  • High ceilings in living areas to support natural air flow
  • Sun and breeze corridors between buildings
  • Appropriate materials and construction techniques for comfort and energy efficiency, as documented in the Australian Government Your Home Design Manual

Liveability and function – the checklist will include:

  • Connections to open space, pedestrian and cycle paths, local centres and public transport
  • Easily accessible, secure and undercover bicycle storage areas
  • Universal design features to support people of all abilities, such as those references in the Liveable Housing Design Guidelines
  • Centrally located communal outdoor areas with shade structures that can accommodate a variety of uses
  • Well-proportioned private outdoor areas with seamlessly connect to indoor living spaces
  • Shared services such as car share spaces, a bench seat at the letter boxes or exercise and play equipment that encourage community interactions
  • Building entrances that provide shelter from weather elements and are easily accessible from the street
  • Driveways and parking areas are designed as low-speed communal spaces that consider the needs of pedestrian and children
  • Durable materials that age well in Brisbane’s climate
  • Adaptable internal layouts to allow for flexibility and to meet changing household needs

Visual appeal and identity – the checklist will include

  • Building form variation, roofscape treatments and detailing that reflects and respects the neighborhood
  • Façade materials, colours and detailing that creates visual depth and interest
  • Building entries that are easy to identify and address the street
  • Building components that are well-organised and contribute to a visually appealing and coherent architectural form
  • Balconies and generous windows that overlook and support a visual relationship between dwellings and the street
  • Car parking and driveway areas that are screened behind the building line, complement the building presentation and are recessive
  • Refuse and recycling storage areas, pump stations or screened from view and do not detract from the streetscape.

For more information about both the presentation and the draft document don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Developer Consultants at SSKB by clicking here.