01 September 2020
Due to commence on 28 September 2020, the Planning (Walkable Neighbourhoods) Amendment Regulation 2020 (Amendment Regulation) amends the Planning Regulation 2017 by introducing new assessment benchmarks that require development in new residential neighbourhoods to adopt designs that encourage walking for transport, leisure, recreation and exercise.
The new assessment benchmarks will apply to development that includes the reconfiguring of a lot for residential purposes in residential zones (with the exception of rural residential zones) and where at least one road is created or extended.
The Explanatory Note to the Amendment Regulation is available here.
The new assessment benchmarks are set out in a new Schedule 12A: Assessment benchmarks for particular reconfiguring a lot.
The new assessment benchmarks apply to the reconfiguration of a lot where:
The “prescribed zone” includes any of the following:
In simple terms, the new assessment benchmarks require new development to meet the following criteria:
Existing local assessment benchmarks are not considered to be inconsistent with the new assessment benchmarks, provided the existing benchmarks merely contain extra requirements for a proposed development (e.g. instead of requiring one street tree every 15 metres, a planning scheme may require one every 10 metres).
If you would like further information on the new assessment benchmarks, our lawyers from the Queensland Planning & Environment team are well-placed to assist.
Authors: Gerard Timbs and Lucy Kaiser
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