What is the new BCC Community Purposes Network Overlay?

23 August 2018

The new overlay is part of putting into action the themes contained in council’s recently published “Brisbane Future Blueprint”. The blueprint includes eight principles and forty actions that were created following feedback from 10,000 residents across every suburb of Brisbane.

This Community Purposes Network Overlay code has been introduced to “provide for the assessment of the suitability of development in the Community purposes network overlay.”

Essentially the purpose of the overlay is for urban development to contribute to completion of the Community Purposes network. This will occur through either the provision of existing and planned infrastructure being parks and land for community facilities on land nominated or by making financial contributions.

This code now applies to development assessment if:

  1. a Material Change of Use [MCU] other than for a dwelling house or home-based business, involving a new premises or an existing premises with an increase in gross floor area, if assessable development in the zone or neighbourhood plan;

  2. Reconfiguring a Lot [ROL] being a subdivision or access easement; or

  3. it is an impact assessable development.

Any land can be affected by the new overlay however it generally relates to parks and community facilities as well as land that is earmarked for future parks and community facilities as identified in either the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) or Long Term Infrastructure Plan (LTIP).

The overlay can be seen on council’s interactive mapping tool of the City Plan and is included in the following sub-categories:

  1. Existing trunk park sub-category;

  2. Existing non-trunk park sub-category;

  3. Existing community facilities and land for community facilities sub-category;

  4. LGIP planned land for community facilities specific location sub-category;

  5. LGIP planned park acquisition specific location sub-category;

  6. LGIP planned park upgrade specific location sub-category;

  7. LGIP planned park embellishment specific location sub-category;

  8. LGIP planned corridor park specific location sub-category;

  9. Long term land for community facilities specific location sub-category;

  10. Long term park specific location sub-category;

  11. Long term corridor park specific location sub-category.

Preparing a development application requires a current knowledge of all the relevant council codes specific to the site. A town planner can help you navigate through the planning process and confirm what codes do, or do not, apply to your site.

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