State Government commits to cul-de-sacs

Following a strong community response to public consultation on a new model code for neighbourhood design, the State Government has moved to reassure Queenslanders that cul-de-sacs will remain a feature of new suburbs.

Consultation on a new model code for neighbourhood design has recently concluded. The draft code aims to ensure new residential development is walkable, connected and has a high level of access to parks and public open space.

The Property Council provided a submission to this consultation, flagging significant concerns with the proposals. Provisions contained within the draft code were highlighted as too prescriptive when considering the range of factors that impact development outcomes across Queensland, including topography, density, customer preferences, as well as State and Local Government legislative and planning requirements.  

Concerns were also raised that in instances where compliance with the mandatory provisions are unachievable, land will be sterilised from development. The Property Council opposed the mandatory application of elements of the model code and recommended further consultation from the Department. 

The Government is expected to announce its full response to the consultation in October or November 2019.