The Gap Neighbourhood Plan Awaits State Final Approval

The Gap Brisbane
Photo credit: Brisbane City Council

After considering submissions from local residents, Brisbane City Council has revised The Gap Neighbourhood Plan and submitted it to the Queensland Government for final review.

The council has been working on the neighbourhood plan since 2016 to include it in Brisbane City Plan 2014. The draft plan was released to the public and the community was asked for comments from July to September 2018.

Among the important outcomes of the local consultation is the community’s desire to maintain The Gap’s traditional suburban, low-density character. Residents also wanted to make sure that the environment and green space, including large trees, will get ample protection.

The redevelopment of The Gap Village shopping centre also came up during the consultation period. Locals wanted to see The Gap Village become a place for locals to meet, shop, dine and work. Better connections with adjacent parks and residential areas were also suggested.

Residents also requested that there be a limited area for diverse housing of up to three storeys high near The Gap Village. This should allow residents to continue to live in The Gap as their needs change in the future. It is no longer proposed to rezone the area for up to five-storey buildings.

The consultation also called for clear mapping of ecological values to be protected and the types of housing suitable for areas zoned for residential use. This is to provide better guidance on what development may be permitted on those sites.

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The Gap Neighbourhood Plan covers the suburb of The Gap as well as small portions of Keperra, Upper Kedron and Mt Coot-tha (See Figure 1).

Credit: Brisbane City Council

The state government will make a second review of the neighbourhood plan. After this, the amendment will be brought back to the council for approval to be adopted into the City Plan.

Learn more about The Gap Neighbourhood Plan.