Neighbourhood Plan Propose Changes To Brisbane’s Spring Hill & Petrie Terrace

The Queensland Government is set to review the council-endorsed Spring Hill & Petrie Terrace Neighbourhood Plan, which comes with a number of changes that will attempt to encourage ongoing renewal of Spring Hill & Petrie Terrace and the broader CBD area.

Overlooking the Brisbane city centre, Spring Hill & Petrie Terrace is home to vital hospitals and schools, as well as a strong business community that will continue to play an important role as the city grows.

The Brisbane City Council’s City Centre Master Plan 2014 identified a need to optimise the potential of Spring Hill & Petrie Terrace through planning for future growth, while protecting heritage places.

The current neighbourhood plan for the area, the Petrie Terrace and Spring Hill & Petrie Terrace Neighbourhood Plan, was developed more than 30 years ago.

Industry research and advisory company Urbis have published a brief outline of what the revised Spring Hill & Petrie Terrace Neighbourhood Plan contains before it goes to the Queensland government for final review.

Building Height Provisions

The building height provisions will not change after state government review.

Building height was permitted up to 30 storeys, depending on the site location and the size of the site.

Sites less than 800 square metres are typically a maximum of three storeys, except where in a community facilities zone.

Urbis said the building height regulations encourage site amalgamation to provide additional building height.

Maximum Street Building Height

Previous Version

Two storeys for all sites in the principal centre, district, mixed use zone and community facilities zones where identified as a “Building Height Transition”.

What’s changed?

Buildings cannot be greater than three storeys if they reside in the principal centre zone, and cannot exceed two storeys in the district centre zone or mixed use zone.

“While this is new for a Neighbourhood Plan, this is similar to a ‘maximum podium height’. Three storeys in the principal centre zone is now closer to street building heights in the same zone in other areas of the city,” Urbis said.

Outdoor Landscaped Spaces

There are no changes to the requirement that outdoor landscaped spaces had to be a minimum 30% of the site area.

This applies for a site in the principal centre zone, district centre zone, mixed-use zone or community facilities zone.

Source: Urban Developer

Author: Staff Writer

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Fire Destroys Spring Hill Property On St Pauls Terrace

In recent news a fire has engulfed a commercial property at 123 St Pauls Terrace on Sunday morning, sending plumes of smoke into the air and causing police to close the street.

Emergency services were called to the single-storey brick property on St Pauls Terrace about 7.20am, to find the building “well-involved”.

Six crews, about 20 firefighters in total, battled the blaze externally, due to concerns about structural damage to the property. They also managed to protect a neighbouring property, which was under threat from the fire at one point.

By 8am, the fire was under control and soon crews were dampening down hotspots. A search of the building, which was at least 29 years old, was later conducted and found the home was vacant.

Nearby residents were evacuated as smoke poured from the property, but they were given the all-clear to return to their homes about 9.30am. Paramedics had not treated anyone at the scene.

 The house was not destroyed, but did suffer significant structural damage. The cause was yet to be determined, but fire investigators were expected to remain at the scene for most of the day.
Police closed St Pauls Terrace between Quarry and Rogers Streets and were asking motorists to avoid the area, however the road reopened about 11.15am.

Source: Brisbanetimes.com.au

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Spring Hill Commercial Complex In Receivers’ Sale

A commercial complex in the heart of Spring Hill in inner Brisbane is being offered for sale by Ray White Commercial (QLD).

The property at 490 Boundary Street, Spring Hill, is being marketed via Expressions of Interest by John Dwyer and Jason Hines of Ray White Commercial QLD under instructions from Helen Newman and David Whyte of BDO as receivers and managers.

Mr Dwyer said the offering comprises a substantially completed commercial office complex incorporating an existing heritage dwelling on a land area of approximately 776 sq m with onsite parking.

“The property also includes a newly constructed six-storey office tower with two basement levels” he said.

“The property is being offered for sale in one line with potential to strata title individual floors, subject to council approval.”

Mr Dwyer said the commercial complex is located within an established medical precinct near St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital and within walking distance to other major medical facilities.

“The property is surrounded by retail and service amenities within an established mixed-use precinct combining medical, commercial, retail, hotel/accommodation, education and private residences, which provides a unique amenity for this near city suburb.

“The Brisbane City Council Spring Hill free loop service, operating between the CBD and Spring Hill, runs past the property which is approximately 650m from the Brisbane city centre.”

Mr Hines said Spring Hill is also close to some of Brisbane’s schools and international colleges, including St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane Boys Grammar, Brisbane Girls Grammar and All Hallows.

“The immediate precinct also includes the new Queensland headquarters for Adventist Retirement Plus at 400 Boundary St and IES International College campus at 433 and 495 Boundary St.” he said.

Source: The Urban Developer

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