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Public Notice: Adoption of the Redland City Plan

Notice is given in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 that, on 6 July 2018, Redland City Council adopted a new planning scheme – Redland City Plan.

The Redland City Plan applies to the Redland City Council local government area and replaces the Redlands Planning Scheme 2006.

The Redland City Plan will have effect on and from 8 October 2018.

The Redland City Plan can be viewed online at www.redland.qld.gov.au/cityplan and is available for inspection or purchase at Council’s Customer Service Centre located on the corner of Bloomfield and Middle Streets, Cleveland.

For more information, contact Council’s customer service centre on (07) 3829 8999.

New Redland City Plan adopted

Council today adopted a new Redland City Plan and agreed to expedite a potential amendment to further strengthen minimum lots sizes of 400m2 in established residential neighbourhoods.

The new plan will come into effect on 8 October 2018.

Mayor Karen Williams said now that the new Redland City Plan was adopted, Council would commence further work with the State Government on a potential future amendment to strengthen the 400m2 minimum lot size in low-density residential zones across the city.

“While the new Redland City Plan will already make it very unlikely that new residential low-density blocks of less than 400m2 could be created in established neighbourhoods, Council will request changes to further ensure that minimum lot size in those areas,” Cr Williams said.

Cr Williams said the Minister had already agreed to a minimum residential lot size of 400m2, but with a small amount of flexibility if there was existing “density and character” that reflected predominantly smaller lot sizes.

“During public consultation the community told us they don’t want small lots in our older developed areas of the city and we believe that the Minister’s existing conditions already serve to protect the established character of our neighbourhoods,” Cr Williams said.

“However, we would still like to submit a proposed amendment to guarantee the minimum lot sizes.

“The new Redland City Plan is already tougher on small lot sizes, providing much less scope than the existing planning scheme for lot sizes less than 400m2 to be approved across the city.”

The amendment decision comes after Division 7 Councillor Murray Elliott moved to adjourn a 25 June 2018 Council meeting to provide time to request State Member for Capalaba Don Brown seek a guarantee of the 400m2 minimum lot sizes from State Planning Minister Cameron Dick.

Cr Williams said development of the new Redland City Plan included significant community consultation.

“This plan represents a major investment in our city’s future,” Cr Williams said.

The new Redland City Plan delivers:

  • an easier document to understand
  • substantial simplification of zones and overlays
  • more refined and accurate mapping to identify hazards and environmental values
  • requirements for better design outcomes
  • provision for minimum lot sizes
  • providing for housing diversity and choice in urban centres
  • strengthening environmental and waterway corridor protection
  • easier planning for investment and establishing business
  • zoning on SMBIs to allow small crops
  • more flexibility for CBD development
  • clearer regulations that protects the integrity of revetment walls in canal estates.

Cr Williams said the new Redland City Plan would ensure consideration for well-designed and acceptable urban development within the urban footprint, while providing for a diversity of living options and housing choices in and around our key city centres.

“It sets a new template for protecting and enhancing the values the community identified as important, while providing simpler and clearer direction for economic, social and environmental outcomes for the city,” Cr Williams said.

“It sends a clear and consistent signal for economic investment opportunities in the city.

“The new Redland City Plan provides flexibility for CBD development and investment. It makes it easier to establish rural enterprise and encourages economic activity on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

“The document itself is a major simplification of the planning scheme document. It is easier to understand and use, removing duplicated content and adopting language and terminology consistent with other planning schemes across the State.

“At the same time, the new plan is backed by rigorous science and detailed mapping to support accurate and sensible zoning and overlays.

“The enhanced mapping provides a stronger basis for the identification of hazards areas and for accurate identification and protection of the city’s environmental values including waterways and wildlife corridors.”

The Redland City Plan is a living document and strong baseline for future land use planning and decision making in the city.

It is meant to be reflective of and adaptable to changing community and legislative expectations.

Cr Williams said that in the period since it was submitted for state approval there had been a range of proposed amendments to the City Plan that Councillors wanted to bring back to the community for comment and approval.

“Councillors have asked for the first package of major amendments to be put forward for Council consideration on 10 October 2018, two days after commencement of the new Redland City Plan,” Cr Williams said.

“Subject to agreement to go forward, the package of amendments will be submitted for community consultation and if agreed, will be submitted to the Minister for approval to adopt as amendments to Redland City Plan.”

Full details of the Redland City Plan history, background and status can be found on the Your Say Redland City website, including a suite of explanatory fact sheets and FAQs.

Draft City Plan Submission Review to go to Council on Tuesday

Council has listened to community feedback in its updated response to over 5000 Draft Redland City Plan submissions which will now go to a Special Council meeting this Tuesday 28 February.

The Draft plan had already removed the opportunity for multiple dwellings in the low density residential zones and increased minimum lot sizes from 350m2 to 400m2 across the significant area of low density residential zoning in the city (currently Urban Residential).

In response to submissions, Council further strengthened the minimum lot size requirements while other submission changes have included reversing the proposal for 400m2 minimum lot size to 2000m2 minimum lot size for hundreds of low density residential properties in Alexandra Hills, Wellington Point and Birkdale, and making changes to minimum lot size and frontage in the low-medium density zone from 250m2 to 400m2 and 7.5m to 10m.

Other significant amendments in the report to Council include regulating all vegetation clearing in waterway corridors; extending application of Matters of Environmental Significance overlays to all properties over 1000m2 rather than 2000m2; remapping storm tide areas across the entire city including Raby Bay and Aquatic Paradise and ensuring heritage values are specifically considered and protected in any future planning investigations of the Commonwealth land at Birkdale.

Tuesday’s Special Council meeting will formally decide whether to agree to the amendments proposed to the Draft Plan and whether to submit the Draft Plan to the Planning Minister asking the Minister for approval to adopt the Plan.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that under Queensland Government provisions for local government planning (Making and amending local planning instruments known as MALPI) the review document can only deal with the response to submissions, drafting errors or changed planning information.

“Council has responded to feedback from residents who made submissions during the public consultation period,” Cr Williams said.

“The change back from 400m2 low density residential (LDR) to LDR1 (2000m2) for almost 400 properties in Grenaid Court, Mossip Court,  Nelson Road and Marlborough Road, Wellington Point; Birdwood and Haig Roads, Birkdale; and Alexandra Court and Hanover Drive,  Alexandra Hills acknowledges the strong desire by community to retain larger property areas as a lifestyle choice.

“The amendments still allow diversity of housing in and around our centres, while ensuring minimum lot size and frontages, setbacks and good design outcomes.

“The unique character of the Southern Moreton Bay islands has been addressed through the Character Residential zoning provisions on the islands.

“The area between Double Jump Road and Bunker Road, Victoria Point, has also been included as an Emerging Community Zone, which now requires structure planning and affords greater protection to existing vegetation.

Council received more than 5000 properly made submissions by close of the extended 11-week consultation period between 14 September and 27 November 2015 (almost twice that required as the default period).

Consultation included division-specific letters to all Redland households and notification to all businesses and landowners; face to face activities that attracted more than 2000 attendees to 13 open house forums, 13 pop-up displays at shopping centres, markets and parks and stakeholder briefings; as well as website information that attracted more than 13,000 visits.

At the close of the public notification, 5347 properly made submissions were received by Council. Of these, 240 were individually drafted submissions, 10 submissions were submitted as petitions and the balance 5097 submissions were pro-forma submissions.

“Following the Council elections in March 2016, these submissions have been subject to intensive review with Councillors spending almost 100 hours in 26 internal workshops with council officers to consider the details of all submissions and draft responses,” Cr Williams said.

“This process has been achieved after exhaustive consideration of all the issues and in a spirit of compromise.  We all agree that each individual councillor will not achieve 100 per cent of what they want but we agreed we have compromised to find the middle ground, because we all know that is in the best interests of the city and the community.

“We acknowledge that we live within the constraints of numerous State government law, policy and guidelines. However, when we set out on the journey to review City Plan we all agreed to say what we mean and to mean what we say within those State constraints. We are at that point.

Cr Williams said the intensive submission review process had been completed, with a majority of Councillors supporting the decision to now take the Draft Plan to a Council meeting to decide the next step.

“If the meeting on Tuesday agrees to the amendments and submission to the Minister, Council will formally write to every submitter advising of the outcome of their submission,” Cr Williams said.

“If the Minister agrees to the draft City Plan, Council will meet again to formally agree to the new City Plan being adopted and a date for commencement.

“The City Plan is a living document open to future amendments. While the plan must be fully reviewed every 10 years, major amendments that reflect changing community and planning needs can be brought forward for community consultation and possible amendment.

“Future major amendments have already been identified and will be brought forward for community consultation as soon as we legislatively can so that the plan continues to be responsive to the needs of our community.”

The detailed submission review and draft responses report can be viewed on Council’s Website and on the Your Say Redland City website.

The Special Council meeting [PDF, 47KB] is open to the public and will be held at 9:30am on Tuesday 28 February 2017 at Redland City Council Chambers, cnr Middle and Bloomfield Streets, Cleveland. Video and audio transcripts of the meeting will be available on Council’s website after the meeting as usual.

Redlands Transport Forums

Redlanders are invited to join a community conversation, including three community forums, about the transport needs of our City now and into the future and how these needs should be addressed.

The forums will offer residents an opportunity to have their say on the issues of the present as well as explore ways of meeting those needs now and in the future.

The experts who will lead these discussions are leaders in their fields and independent and innovative thinkers.

The ideas and information to flow from this will be invaluable in informing all levels of government of community expectations and what needs to be planned and funded now to cater for our future needs.

This is timely as our Draft City Plan 2015 is with residents for their input and both the State Government, through its review of the State Infrastructure Plan, and the Federal Government have recently brought the need for transport infrastructure planning to the fore.

As part of the State Government’s review, it has encouraged local government to engage with communities and Redland City will be among the first to do so through a conversation which will inform a priority infrastructure plan to be developed next year.

The State Government on 9 October also  launched its Queensland Tourism and Transport Strategy discussion paper and is asking communities for ideas on how to deliver seamless and connected travel that contributes to a positive holiday experience.

Council is also currently working with Brisbane City Council, the State Government and the Federal Government to address connectivity from Redlands to Brisbane.  This project has strong benefits for both cities.  Brisbane is the commuting destination for many Redland residents and strong transport links between Redlands and Brisbane are important to the economic growth of Brisbane.

Through our Economic Development Framework Redland City Council has identified local economic growth as a priority and inadequate infrastructure as a major threat to that priority.

The forums will feature experts such as Program Head of Planning at the University of Queensland, Dr Neil Sipe; Senior Research Fellow and Australian Research Council-Discovery Future Fellow Professor Matthew Burke of the Urban Research Program at Griffith University; and Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Executive Director Darren Crombie.

The free forums – which will cover current issues, future needs and how they can be funded – are:

November 1: “Connecting Cities”, Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2pm-4pm.

November 7: Navigating the Future”, Victoria Point Library, 1pm-3pm.

November 14: “Getting into Gear”, Capalaba Sports Club, 2pm-4pm.

Residents can RSVP to events@redland.qld.gov.au

Draft Redland City Plan 2015 – be part of your city’s future

The draft Redland City Plan 2015 was today released for public consultation, with Council encouraging the community to be part of the city’s future by having their say.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said today’s opening of the public consultation process was a milestone in developing a new blueprint for the city.

“Council has been working towards this moment for more than a year, so it is exciting the community can now view the draft plan and have their say,” she said.

“From today residents will find a raft of information on Council’s website, including the draft city plan and information specific to individual suburbs.

“Today also signifies the beginning of an extended public consultation period with the first community engagement session being held in Cleveland this Thursday.

“This plan will help shape the future of the city and because of its importance we will be keeping public consultation open for 11 weeks, nearly twice as long as we are required to, providing plenty of opportunity for the community to get involved.

“Up until 27 November a consultation roadshow will be rolled out across the city including engagement sessions and pop-up displays.  Council will also write to every resident to encourage them to get involved.”

Council’s City Planning and Assessment spokesperson Cr Julie Talty (Division 6) said Council’s draft city plan was designed to balance the needs of our growing city with the Redlands’ unique environmental character.

“The State Government has asked us to find room for an estimated additional 50,000 people and 26,000 new homes between now and 2041 and this draft plan focuses development in existing residential areas rather than new green field sites,” she said.

“It’s about getting the balance right so new residents can be accommodated while maintaining all the things we love about the city.

“The draft Redland City Plan 2015 is also easier for people to use, meaning residents will have a better understanding of how it will guide the city’s future moving forward.

“Public submissions can be made either by hard copy or online.  Council officers are on hand to show people how to make a submission and answer any questions.”

Consultation events will include:
· Open House events at locations across the City
· More than a dozen pop-ups information booths across the city
· Permanent displays at Council Customer Service Centres
· Meet the planner 20-minute sessions – on Tuesday each week, telephone Council 3829 8999 to book

· Six-page Divisional Householder Brochure mailed to each city residential address – includes a summary of division specific changes
· Fact sheets mailed to absent landholders, organisations and businesses
· A dedicated website, including factsheets and divisional information
· Email updates to registered users
· Facebook, Twitter promotion and video content

To view the draft Redland City Plan 2015 and the full list of engagements visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/cityplan.

Draft Redland City Plan 2015 open for Public Consultation

Redland City Council is encouraging the community to be part of the City’s future by viewing and having their say on the Draft City Plan 2015, which will be released for public consultation on 14 September following a special meeting today.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council moved quickly to release the draft city plan after receiving State Government approval to open it for public consultation.

“Receiving the long-awaited approval from the State Government is a significant milestone in the Redland City Plan 2015 process and means the draft city plan can now be made available to residents for their say,” Cr Williams said.

“Unlike the completely new Redland Planning Scheme introduced in 2006, this plan is not a rewrite but rather a thorough revision that carries over many existing planning scheme provisions while simplifying it and making it easier for people to access, use and understand.

“This public information and consultation phase is critical as it gives residents the opportunity to view the plan that will help guide the future of the city. I strongly encourage all residents to have a look at it and make a formal submission if they wish.’’

Cr Williams said Council was committed to providing plenty of time for residents to have their say on the draft plan and had voted to keep public consultation open for 54 business days – nearly twice as long as required.

“The public consultation period on the Draft Redland City Plan will run from 14 September to 27 November – almost double the statutory minimum of 30 business days,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Consultation plans will be widely advertised and include interactive online engagement tools where residents will be able to view details right down to street and lot level. There will also be mail-outs identifying key changes in a resident’s area, website and social media information, open house events at key mainland and island locations, local pop-up sessions and meet-the-planner booking opportunities.”

Cr Williams said the State Government had directed Council to make key amendments to the draft city plan prior to public consultation.

“The Minister’s approval has removed part of Council’s planned response to our City’s rural amenity and lifestyle by directing that the Rural Residential Zone be removed from the plan,” she said.

“This will be a concern to some residents in the area bounded by Taylor Road, Woodlands Drive and Springacre Road in Thornlands, which in the draft plan is now designated as a rural zone and for future urban investigation.

“This area has experienced a number of changing planning expectations over the years and, as the government closest to the community, Council should be able to decide how to manage these expectations in a way that retains our City’s amenity and rural feel.

“Council has nevertheless amended the plan as instructed and has today agreed to the details for public consultation on the amended plan. If people are concerned about these changes they need to make their concerns known by completing a public submission.”

Council’s City Planning and Assessment spokesperson Cr Julie Talty (Division 6) said the extended consultation period provided a greater opportunity for the community to be part of the process that describes the future vision for our City as a place where people will like to live, work, play and do business.
She said it was a much easier document to read and understand than the current scheme.

“It also uses terminology that is consistent across Queensland and utilises up-to-date data on a range of issues from storm tide, flood and fire hazard mapping to bushland habitats.

“Our city planning already responds to a large portion of expected growth targets set by the State Government and this is carried over into the new plan, which will allow for an extra 50,000 people and estimated 26,000 new homes,” Cr Talty said.

“The fact is that while Council can’t stop growth, we can help manage it through wise and responsive city planning.

“Importantly our new city plan aims to manage much of this growth within existing residential areas and city centres. Ultimately, we all own the city plan, so we encourage you to have a look and have your say.”

The Draft City Plan 2015 will become available for viewing when planned consultation begins on the 14 September. Submissions will be able to be made electronically or in hard copy.

Since 2014 Council has run a range of information sessions and provided information on its website and in the local media regarding City Plan studies and how city plans impact residents including hazard mapping, housing, economic growth, infrastructure and environment and heritage.

To view details about the Draft City Plan 2015 and planned consultation activities visit: www.redland.qld.gov.au/cityplan

Draft City Plan 2015 Communication and Engagement

Consultation events will include:

  • Open House events at locations across the City
  • 12 pop-ups information booths, each a two-hour session in 12 city locations
  • Permanent displays at Council Customer Service Centres
  • Meet the planner 20-minute sessions – one day per week
  • peak group briefings


  • Six-page Divisional Householder Brochure mailed to each city residential address – includes a summary of division specific changes
  • Fact sheets mailed to absent landholders, organisations and businesses
  • 30-plus separate pieces of City Plan information and explanatory materials available on website, including fact sheets City plan maps and printed explanatory material for public consultation events
  • Email updates to registered users
  • Facebook, Twitter promotion and video content

Public Notice: Adoption of Major and Minor Amendments to the Redlands Planning Scheme

Notice is given under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 that Council resolved to adopt Major Amendment Package 01/2013 on 30 July 2014 and Minor Amendment Package 02/2014 on 10 December 2014.

Under Delegated authority, the Chief Executive Officer in accordance with s.257(1)(b) of the Local Government Act 2009 has set a commencement date of 20 March 2015 for the Major and Minor Amendment Packages. The amendment packages will take effect as part of Redlands Planning Scheme Version 7.

The major amendment includes:

Major Centre Zone

  • Amending the Table of Assessment in the Major Centre Zone to make tenancy changes self-assessable development;
  • Including a Specific Outcome into the Major Centre Zone code that provides scope to support proposals above the building height specified for the Cleveland CBD where a proposal demonstrates the increased height supports the revitalisation of the CBD and contributes to employment/residential growth;
  • Replacing the building height map for Cleveland with a new map that is consistent with the Cleveland Centre Master Plan.

Redland Bay Centre

  • Removing the Redland Bay Centre from the Neighbourhood Centre zone and including it in the District Centre zone.

Urban Residential Zone

  • Providing opportunities for Council to consider a wider variety of housing choices by making Multiple Dwellings Impact Assessable on Urban Residential zoned premises between 1200m2 and 4000m2 and where meeting certain design criteria;
  • Clarifying that dual occupancies are eligible for code assessment on 800m2 lots;
  • Amending provisions relating to built to boundary walls to ensure consistency with the Queensland Development Code.

Bushfire Hazard Overlay

  • Reflecting the Queensland Government’s Single State Planning Policy mapping for North Stradbroke Island;
  • Amending the explanatory notes within the Bushfire Hazard Overlay code to recognise that areas identified as medium bushfire hazard are “designated bushfire prone areas” in accordance with the Building Regulation 2006;
  • Removing dwelling houses and building work from the overlay and regulating under the Building Regulation 2006.

Canal and Lakeside Structures Overlay

  • Incorporating a new overlay to ensure that new development protects the structural stability of Council revetment walls and embankments in Raby Bay, Aquatic Paradise and Sovereign Waters.

Heritage Places

  • Updating the Heritage Places Register by adding three local heritage sites on Coochiemudlo Island and reflecting the State Heritage Register.

The minor amendment incorporates changes to zone and overlay mapping
(Habitat Protection Overlay, Flood Prone, Storm Tide & Drainage Constrained Land Overlay, Waterways, Wetlands & Moreton Bay Overlay and Landslide Hazard Overlay) to reflect recent development approvals.

The amendment packages will take effect as part of Redlands Planning Scheme Version 7 on 20 March 2015.

Major Amendment Package 01/2013 & Minor Amendment Package 02/2014 can be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Centres and online at Council’s website www.redland.qld.gov.au.

For further information on the planning scheme amendment, please contact Redland City Council’s City Planning and Assessment Group on (07) 3829 8999.

Council amends proposed City Plan for Ministerial sign-off

Redland City Council today agreed to submit an amended draft Redland City Plan to the Queensland Government that addresses matters raised through a state interest review.

The details of the new City Plan review remain confidential until Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, the Hon Jackie Trad, agrees to its public release for consultation.

Today’s Special Council Meeting confidentially considered some minor amendments to the plan raised through the state interest review process.

Council’s City Planning and Assessment spokesperson, Councillor Julie Talty, said after carrying out the State Interest Review the Minister must write to Council advising it can publicly consult on its proposed planning scheme.

“Council’s draft City Plan has now addressed a small number of minor issues raised through the State Interest review process,” Cr Talty said.

“The next step will be public consultation.

“Once adopted the Redland City Plan would be Council’s blueprint for the future development of the city.

“It will enable the city to manage and take advantage of economic and growth opportunities, while maintaining the distinctive character and lifestyle that makes us one of the most ecologically sustainable cities in Australia and a great place to live,” she said.

“A key principle underlying the work done on the City Plan has been to reduce the complexity of the planning scheme and make it easier to understand and more user-friendly.

“Previous plans and community engagements that have fed into the draft city plan include Redlands 2030 – Community Plan, Residential Land Availability Review, The Economic Development Framework, Open Space Strategy and Social Infrastructure Plan.

“Prior to finalising the draft City Plan, Council has hosted library forums, kitchen table talks; pop-up displays, information displays and interactive online activities around key supporting studies.

“The Redland City Plan 2015 website also provides a wealth of information on city planning issues and background topics.

“Future consultation on the new draft City Plan will include community forums, online information and activities, library displays, mail-outs to all residents, fact sheets, meet the planner sessions and meetings with key groups.

“The public consultation on the City Plan will be widely advertised and all residents are encouraged to have their say at that time.”

State Planning Policy requirements for local planning fall under five broad themes of  liveable communities and housing, economic growth, environment and heritage, safety and resilience to hazards and infrastructure.

Proposed City Plan sent for Ministerial sign-off

Redland City Council has submitted an amended draft Redland City Plan to the Queensland Government that addresses matters raised through a state interest review.

The details of the new City Plan review remain confidential until Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, the Hon Jackie Trad, agrees to its public release for consultation.

A key principle underlying the work done to date on the City Plan has been to reduce the complexity of the planning scheme and make it easier to understand and more user-friendly.

If approved by the Minister, the next step for the plan will be widely advertised public consultation including community forums, online information and activities, library displays, mail-outs to all residents, fact sheets, meet the planner sessions and meetings with key groups.

The public consultation on the City Plan and all residents are encouraged to have their say at that time.”

Providing a blueprint for the future development of the city over the next decade the plan will enable the city to manage and take advantage of economic and growth opportunities, while maintaining the distinctive character and lifestyle that makes us one of the most ecologically sustainable cities in Australia and a great place to live,” she said.

City Plan one step closer to public review

Redland City Council today endorsed its draft City Plan, which will now be sent to the Queensland Government for review, before being opened for public comment.

Council requires state approval to release its draft City Plan for community review and held today’s special meeting to avoid any delays with this process, meaning the community will get the chance to provide feedback as soon as possible.

Council is mindful of next year’s State Government election and is keen to avoid the potential for it to hold up our new city plan which is one of the most important pieces of work currently being undertaken by Council.

Council is committed to community engagement activities for the draft City Plan 2015 it is expected the formal public consultation will begin in early in 2015, once the Minister has advised Council it can proceed.

The new City Plan is a State Government requirement and will help guide the future of the city by ensuring future population growth can be accommodated through a balance of housing types, green space and community infrastructure.

By defining appropriate zones throughout the city it will position the Redlands to take advantage of economic growth opportunities, while maintaining the distinctive character and lifestyle that makes us one of the most sustainable cities in Australia.

Residents can sign up at the City Plan website www.redland.qld.gov.au/cityplan to receive regular updates on the city plan process.