Urban planning expert urges residents to accept new housing options

Urban planning expert urges residents to accept new housing options

An urban planning expert has urged residents with “selfish” NIMBY attitudes to accept sensible new housing options as Brisbane considers introducing high-rise buildings in South Brisbane.

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The Kurilpa Precinct Master Plan, to be presented to the Brisbane City Council, would allow developers to build up to 274 meters (close to 90 storeys) in the area bounded by yellow in the map.

The plan aims to remodel older industrial land in South Brisbane, similar to the transformation of Newstead and Teneriffe.

The council believes the plan will help rejuvenate parts of South Bank Parklands, which face competition from Howard Smith Wharves, New Farm’s James Street, and a remodelled Eagle Street.

The urban planning expert, Associate Professor Dorita Ponjani, said the city needs to consider the type of housing packages it introduces, and residents need to let go of their NIMBY attitudes.

She suggested that Brisbane can increase its density by a whole lot, and there are many neighbourhoods that could take more density. Increased housing supply would reduce house prices, she added.

However, the shade impacts from apartments, the need for new schools, medical facilities, and additional public transport for the extra 10,000 people must be handled in the application phase.

Ponjani said the real problem is extra traffic, not increasing density.

She acknowledged that residents around West End were “pretty upset,” but she said these new housing packages need to come with some amount of affordable housing and accompanied by rental protections and eviction controls.

Ponjani said the shade impacts from apartments need to be considered in the application phase, and the city needs more shade, not less.

While shade restrictions would stop very tall applications close to Musgrave Park winning approval, applications over 30 storeys in that zone would be considered.

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