18.104.22.168 Character residential zone code
(1) The purpose of the Character residential zone code is to provide for a particular character of a predominantly residential area. The residential uses are supported by community uses
and small-scale services and facilities that cater for local residents.
(2) The local government purpose of the code is to:
(i) Theme 2: Brisbane’s outstanding lifestyle, Element 2.1 – Brisbane’s identity and Element 2.2 – Brisbane’s housing and accommodation choices;
(ii) Theme 5: Brisbane’s CityShape and Element 5.5 – Brisbane’s Suburban Living Areas.
(b) Provide for low density suburban and inner-city living through the development of 1 or 2 storey dwelling houses
comprising predominantly existing houses built in 1946 or before and infill housing that incorporates any housing built in 1946 or before in the development, and reflects and complements the city’s traditional building character of housing built in 1946 or before through compatible form, scale, materials and detailing.
(c) Protect existing dwelling houses
built in 1946 or before and enable compatible new dwelling houses to be accommodated in the Character zone precinct.
(d) Provide for a mix of new infill dwelling types including dwelling houses
, dual occupancy
and 2 storey
low rise multiple dwellings
, such as row houses at a house scale, to provide housing diversity that offers choice to different household
types and individuals to suit residents through life-cycle stages, in the inner city and well- located parts of the city in the Infill housing zone precinct.
(e) Ensure that development occurs on an appropriately sized and configured lot and is of a form and scale that reinforces a distinctive subtropical character of low rise buildings set in green landscaped areas.
Note—Land in the Character residential zone is contained in either the Character zone precinct or the Infill housing zone precinct.
Note—As neighbourhood planning is undertaken by the Council, where it is intended that the Traditional building character overlay should apply to land clusters of well-located land containing housing built in 1946 or before and suited to house-sensitive scaled infill multiple dwellings – in the inner city, surrounding district and neighbourhood centres and along public transport routes – land may be included in the Infill housing zone precinct of the Character residential zone. In most instances this land will already have been included in the Traditional building character overlay and included in the 2 or 3 storey mix zone precinct of the Low-medium density residential zone.
Note—All land within the Character residential zone (with the exception of sites covered by the Heritage overlay) is covered by the Traditional building character overlay.
(3) The purpose of the code will be achieved through overall outcomes for:
(a) development location and uses;
(b) development form;
(c) the following zone precincts:
(i) Character zone precinct;
(ii) Infill housing zone precinct.
(4) Development location and uses overall outcomes are:
(a) Development in the Character zone precinct provides for:
(ii) are sensitively integrated with and located between or behind existing dwelling houses
built in 1946 or before and on appropriately sized lots.
(c) Development reflects and supports the high level of comfort, quiet, privacy and safety (including impacts of glare, odour, light, noise, traffic, parking, servicing and hours of operation) reasonably expected within a predominantly low density permanent residential environment.
(ii) serve local residents' day-to-day needs;
(iii) not undermine the viability of a nearby centre.
(j) Development for rooming accommodation accommodates 5 persons or less.
(5) Development form overall outcomes are:
(a) Development for a residential building is of a height, bulk, scale and form which is compatible with the traditional building character of the Character residential zone
and consists of buildings of 1 or 2 storeys
(d) Development supports a subtropical character by ensuring that a dwelling house
on a small lot
is of a size and scale that minimises negative impacts on amenity
and private open space of other dwellings
, by maintaining access to sunlight, daylight and privacy.
(i) maximises the retention of backyard spaces as private landscaped space;
(ii) avoids overbearing development involving bulk or setbacks
which are inconsistent with the character of a dwelling house
on adjoining lots.
(f) Development responds to land constraints, mitigates any adverse impacts on environmental values and addresses other specific characteristics, as identified by overlays affecting the site or in codes applicable to the development.
(6) Character zone precinct overall outcomes are:
(ii) is located on an appropriately sized and configured vacant lot;
(iii) is compatible in scale and design with existing houses built in 1946 or before;
(iv) reinforces the traditional building character of the Character zone precinct.
(c) Development for a dwelling
other than a dwelling house
is not accommodated within the Character zone precinct.
(d) Development provides for a minimum lot size of 450m2 to maintain a block pattern that accommodates traditional backyards and large trees.
(7) Infill housing zone precinct overall outcomes are:
(i) is no more than 2 storeys
(ii) is located between or behind dwelling houses
built in 1946 or before on an appropriately sized and configured vacant lot;
(iii) is compatible in scale and design with existing dwellings
built in 1946 or before;
(iv) reinforces the traditional building character of the Infill housing zone precinct.
(c) Development achieves a maximum dwelling yield of one dwelling
of site area.
(i) is consistent with the predominant traditional building character and amenity
expectations of residents in the Infill housing zone precinct;
(i) consistent with the character of a low density residential environment comprising 1 or 2 storey dwelling houses
(ii) suited to smaller lot sizes.
(f) Development is compatible in scale with adjoining dwelling houses
, both within or adjoining the Infill housing zone precinct, in order to maintain an appropriate level of amenity
and privacy to an adjoining dwelling
(g) Development supports a subtropical character by ensuring that:
(i) the building form, spacing, orientation and design ensure dwellings
are well designed and sensitive to the city’s climate;
(ii) residents on the site, as well as residents of existing or future dwellings
on adjoining sites, have sufficient privacy and good access to daylight, sunlight and breezes to enable the intended use of indoor and outdoor spaces.
(h) Development provides quality private and communal open spaces
and landscaping, including deep planting, that reinforce the house-compatible scale of buildings, provide breathing spaces and outdoor activity areas and encourage outdoor living.
(i) Development provides for a building to address and interface with the street and other adjoining public space, including via habitable uses at ground level (with parking not forming a dominant element in the streetscape) in order to reinforce the traditional setting and provide surveillance and encourage activation of parks
(j) Development provides for setbacks
which suitably buffer a residential use from an activity in an adjoining non-residential zone.
(k) Development provides for a residential dwelling
on a site which fronts a heavily trafficked road or other noise source to be:
(i) suitably located and orientated on the site;
(ii) designed and finished to minimise noise intrusion while maintaining some opportunities for interface with and surveillance of the street.