Stop Five-Storey Development in Sherwood and Corinda

Principal Petitioner Nicole Johnston, Fairfield
Date Closed Sat, 02 Dec 2017 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 160 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Brisbane City Council the gross overdevelopment of Sherwood and Corinda with five-storey buildings against community wishes and without adequate infrastructure and protection of character areas.

As part of the Plan Your Brisbane consultation process, we, the undersigned, call on Brisbane City Council to rezone the undeveloped medium density residential areas of Corinda and Sherwood to low to medium density residential to prevent further five-storey buildings from being built in an area constrained by inadequate road, public and active transport infrastructure and stormwater drainage. In addition, all pre-1911 and pre-1946 houses should be identified, mapped and protected under City Plan 2014 to prevent their demolition for highrise units.

Council response

Thank you for your petitions requesting that the undeveloped Medium density residential zoned areas of Corinda and Sherwood be rezoned to Low-medium density residential zone to prevent further five-storey buildings from being built in your area. Your petition also requested that pre-1911 and pre-1946 houses be identified, mapped and protected under the Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan) to prevent their further demolition for unit development.

Your petitions have been investigated and it was considered by the Establishment and Coordination Committee at its meeting on 9 April 2018, on behalf of Council which is currently in recess. It was decided that the petitioners be advised of the information below.

Council carried out detailed local planning for your area as part of the Sherwood-Graceville district neighbourhood plan that was adopted on 15 April 2011. This plan was prepared following extensive community consultation and consideration of community submissions. As part of the neighbourhood plan, areas were identified as appropriate for Medium density residential development given their proximity to both the railway stations and district centres, the need to provide greater housing choice for residents with good access to public transport, shops and services and their physical suitability to accommodate development. It should be noted that the provision of infrastructure, including drainage, is considered as part of all development assessments.

Council also gave careful consideration to character protection through the heritage and character surveys conducted as part of the neighbourhood plan preparation. The Traditional building character (TBC) overlay protects all pre-1946 houses within a character streetscape, with those built prior to 1911 having specific individual protection. Pre-1911 houses within the TBC overlay are not required to be mapped individually.

In instances where a pre-1911 house is identified outside the mapped TBC overlay, these are protected on the Pre-1911 buildings overlay. The same protection is provided in both overlays for pre-1911 houses. The TBC overlay provides protection for pre-1946 housing within a character streetscape and as a result, isolated examples of pre-1946 houses are not included in that overlay.

The community may nominate properties located outside the TBC overlay which it believes may have been built prior to 1911. Council’s City Architecture and Heritage Team will then research the property’s construction date and if confirmed, the property may be included in the Pre-1911 building overlay as part of a future amendment to City Plan.

Thank you for raising your concerns.