27 Nov 2019

Brisbane council plans to paint the town green

Brisbane City Council wants to see more green landscapes and public art in future development, and an overall improvement in design standards for the cityscape.

The council released a strategy document on Thursday that highlights the direction council intended to follow for future planning and growth, focused on issues such as accessibility, greenery and efficiency.

City planning chairman Matthew Bourke (Jamboree) said the council's strategy was focused on utilising public spaces and buildings with more community events, workshops and festivals.

“We want these spaces to be enjoyed by all our residents and visitors, so we’re encouraging the development of fully accessible pathways and buildings," he said.

“With over 280 days of sunshine each year and an incredible outdoor lifestyle, Brisbane’s climate, character and identity should be incorporated into planning and design.”

Other issues raised in the strategy document included ensuring residents felt safe at all times, day or night, and the city's environment should be fully inclusive to all people.

The guidelines recommend actions for the council to follow, including amending the City Plan 2014 to embed a design planning scheme policy.

It also recommends incentives for quality development by introducing a design rating scheme, and creating design awards for the city.

Cr Bourke said the strategy gave the property development industry guidelines on the council's long-term vision for development.

“Within the strategy, green landscapes, tree-lined streetscapes and green transport corridors are encouraged to help provide shade and urban cooling during our summer months," he said.

“We want to see streets and public spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, with more public art, interesting architecture and culture embedded into our public spaces."

SOURCE ; https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/brisbane-council-plans-to-paint-the-town-green-20191114-p53ar2.html

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