By Natalie Rayment
What will South East Queensland look like in 50 years’ time? We know many of us would like to see people riding hover boards Marty McFly style through Queen Street but more importantly, what we would really like to see is a place full of vitality, that is environmentally sustainable and equitable.
That is why YIMBY Qld lodged its first submission on urban policy last week for the State Government’s ‘Shaping SEQ’ review of the current South East Queensland Regional Plan. The feedback received by the State will be used to help develop a new, 50-year regional plan.
Our submission focussed on the following key ideas to shape the future of SEQ:
- Celebrate Good Development – share and highlight development outcomes that showcase design excellence, innovation, sustainability and community dividend;
- Outcomes Focused – encourage excellence in design, innovation and sustainability by reducing the levels of assessment and/or allowing for more density in the right places to better embrace local and global opportunities when they arise;
- Reducing Sprawl – by encouraging higher density development around major public transport and activity centres to improve efficiency in our use of land, to promote walkable neighbourhoods with less car dependency, to improve affordability and to increase vitality in urban life;
- Housing Choice – Support the delivery of different dwelling types to ensure that people can choose the type of housing that is right for them with the ability to ‘age in place’;
- Night-time Vibrancy – in our CBDs, lifestyle nodes and key global precincts. Improve liveability by reducing restrictions on hours of operation and improving pedestrian safety around centres to increase their vibrancy.
We believe that good development can deliver the outcomes we need to realise our vision for the future of SEQ. Ok, so maybe not the hover board bit but good development can help to deliver a more vital, sustainable and equitable SEQ.