8.2.8 Commercial character building (demolition) overlay code
(1) This code applies to assessing development in the Commercial character building overlay, if:
(a) assessable development where this code is an applicable code identified in the assessment criteria column of a table of assessment for an overlay (section 5.10); or
(b) impact assessable development.
Note—Minor demolition work as defined in section 5.3.4 is exempt development under the planning scheme.
(2) Land in the Commercial character building overlay is identified in the Commercial character building overlay map and is included in the Commercial character building site sub-category.
(1) The purpose of the Commercial character building (demolition) overlay code is to:
(a) Implement the policy direction in the Strategic framework in particular:
(i) Theme 2: Brisbane’s outstanding lifestyle, and Element 2.1– Brisbane’s identity;
(ii) Theme 5: Brisbane’s CityShape and Element 5.5 – Brisbane’s Suburban Living Areas, and Element 5.8 – Brisbane’s Growth Nodes on Selected Transport Corridors.
(b) Provide for the assessment of the suitability of specific demolition, partial demolition or removal of a part of any commercial character building in the Commercial character building overlay.
(2) The purpose of the code will be achieved through the following overall outcomes:
(a) A traditional commercial character building that contributes to the character, identity or history of the area is protected, and where involving partial demolition, retains its traditional character.
(b) Demolition or removal only occurs where a building is structurally unsound.
220.127.116.11 Assessment criteria
The following table identifies the assessment criteria for assessable development.
Table 18.104.22.168—Criteria for assessable development
If involving removal or demolition
The building must not be capable of structural repair.
The building is demonstrated, by an engineering report prepared by a Registered Professional Engineer Queensland, to be structurally unsound and not reasonably capable of being made structurally sound.
The building must:
(a) still be clearly identifiable as a commercial character building with a traditional character of having been constructed in 1946 or earlier;
(b) be sited in its original position (generally the front property alignment);
(c) maintain its original traditional proportions;
(d) retain key elements such as an awning over the footpath.
Development retains the integral components of the building constructed in 1946 or earlier which contribute to its traditional commercial character building architectural style and character.