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9.4.4 Infrastructure design code

9.4.4.1 Application

(1) This code applies to assessing a material change of use, reconfiguring a lot or building work if:
(a) assessable development where this code is identified as a prescribed secondary code in the assessment benchmarks column of a table of assessment for a material change of use (section 5.5), reconfiguring a lot (section 5.6),operational work (section 5.8), or an overlay (section 5.10); or
(b) impact assessable development, to the extent relevant.
(2) When using this code, reference should be made to section 1.5 and section 5.3.3.

Note—The following purpose, overall outcomes, performance outcomes and acceptable outcomes comprise the assessment benchmarks of this code.

Note—Where this code includes performance outcomes or acceptable outcomes that relate to:

9.4.4.2 Purpose

(1) The purpose of the Infrastructure design code is to assess the suitability of infrastructure for development.
(2) The purpose of the code will be achieved through the following overall outcomes:
(a) Development is provided with a safe, connected and efficient transport network for all modes that has a minimal whole-of-life cost.
(b) Development provides for public utilities and services to the standards acceptable to the Council and the reasonable expectations of service providers.
(c) Development involving infrastructure which is intended to become a Council asset is safe, aesthetically pleasing, functional, fit for purpose, durable, minimises environmental impacts and has minimal whole-of-life cost.
(d) Development provides for a public space to be safe and inviting, allowing high levels of pedestrian activity.
(e) Development ensures that the community and environment are not unreasonably disrupted or impacted by construction or demolition for the development.
(f) Development involving infrastructure is designed with consideration of, and to integrate with, other related and interfacing infrastructure components.

9.4.4.3 Performance outcomes and acceptable outcomes

Table 9.4.4.3.A—Performance outcomes and acceptable outcomes
Performance outcomes
Acceptable outcomes
PO1
Development provides roads, pavement, edging and landscaping which:
(a) are designed and constructed in accordance with the road hierarchy;
(b) provide for safe travel for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles;
(c) provide access to properties for all modes;
(d) provide utilities;
(e) provide high levels of aesthetics and amenity, improved liveability and future growth;
(f) provide for the amelioration of noise and other pollution;
(g) provide a high-quality streetscape;
(h) provide a low-maintenance asset with a minimal whole-of-life cost.

Note—This can be demonstrated in an engineering report prepared and certified by a Registered Professional Engineer Queensland in accordance with the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.

AO1
Development provides roads and associated pavement, edging and landscaping which are designed and constructed in compliance with the road corridor design standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
PO2
Development provides road pavement surfaces which:
(a) are well designed and constructed;
(b) durable enough to carry the wheel loads of the intended types and numbers of travelling and parked vehicles;
(c) ensures the safe passage of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, the discharge of stormwater run-off and the preservation of all-weather access;
(d) allows for reasonable travel comfort.
AO2
Development provides road pavement surfaces which are designed and constructed in compliance with the road corridor design standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
PO3
Development provides a pavement edge which is designed and constructed to:
(a) control vehicle movements by delineating the carriageway for all users;
(b) provide for people with disabilities by allowing safe passage of wheelchairs and other mobility aids.
AO3
Development provides pavement edges which are designed and constructed in compliance with the road corridor design standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
PO4
Development provides verges which are designed and constructed to:
(a) provide safe access for pedestrians clear of obstructions and access areas for vehicles onto properties;
(b) provide a sufficient area for public utility services;
(c) be maintainable by the Council.
AO4
Development provides verges which are designed and constructed in compliance with the road corridor design and streetscape locality advice standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
PO5
Development provides a lane or laneway identified in a neighbourhood plan which:
(a) allows equitable access for all modes;
(b) is safe and secure;
(c) has 24-hour access;
(d) is a low-speed shared zone environment;
(e) has a high-quality streetscape.
AO5
Development provides a lane or laneway identified in a neighbourhood plan which is embellished in compliance with the streetscape locality advice standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
PO6
Development of an existing premises provides at the frontage to the site, if not already provided, the following infrastructure to an appropriate urban standard:
(a) an effective, high-quality paved roadway;
(b) an effective, high-quality roadway kerb and channel;
(c) safe, high-quality vehicle crossings over channels and verges;
(d) safe, accessible, high-quality verges compatible and integrated with the surrounding environment;
(e) safe vehicle access to the site that enables ingress and egress in a forward gear;
(f) provision of and required alterations to public utilities;
(g) effective drainage;
(h) appropriate conduits to facilitate the provision of required street-lighting systems and traffic signals.
AO6
Development of an existing premises provides at the frontage of the site, if not already existing, the following infrastructure to the standard that would have applied if the development involved new premises as stated in the road corridor design standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy:
(a) concrete kerb and channel;
(b) forming and grading to verges;
(c) crossings over channels and verges;
(d) a constructed bikeway;
(e) a constructed verge or reconstruction of any damaged verge;
(f) construction of the carriageway;
(g) payment of costs for required alterations to public utility mains, services or installations;
(h) construction of and required alterations to public utility mains, services or installations;
(i) drainage works;
(j) installation of electrical conduits.
PO7
Development provides both cycle and walking routes which:
(a) are located, designed and constructed to their network classification (where applicable);
(b) provide safe and attractive travel routes for pedestrians and cyclists for commuter and recreational purposes;
(c) provide safe and comfortable access to properties for pedestrians and cyclists;
(d) incorporate water sensitive urban design into stormwater drainage;
(e) provide for utilities;
(f) provide for a high level of aesthetics and amenity, improved liveability and future growth;
(g) are a low-maintenance asset with a minimal whole-of-life cost;
(h) minimise the clearing of significant native vegetation.

Note—This can be demonstrated in an engineering report prepared and certified by a Registered Professional Engineer Queensland in accordance with the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.

AO7
Development provides cycle and walking routes which are located, designed and constructed in compliance with the road corridor design and off-road pathway design standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
PO8
Development provides refuse and recycling collection, separation and storage facilities that are located and managed so that adverse impacts on building occupants, neighbouring properties and the public realm are minimised.
AO8.1
Development provides refuse and recycling collection and storage facilities in accordance with the Refuse planning scheme policy.
AO8.2
Development ensures that refuse and recycling collection and storage location and design do not have any adverse impact including odour, noise or visual impacts on the amenity of land uses within or adjoining the development.

Note—Refer to the Refuse planning scheme policy for further guidance.

PO9
Development ensures that:
(a) land used for an urban purpose is serviced adequately with regard to water supply and waste disposal;
(b) the water supply meets the stated standard of service for the intended use and fire-fighting purposes.
AO9.1
Development ensures that the reticulated water and sewerage distribution system for all services is in place before the first use is commenced.
AO9.2
Development provides the lot with reticulated water supply and sewerage to a standard acceptable to the distributor–retailer.
PO10
Development provides public utilities and street lighting which are the best current or alternative technology and facilitate accessibility, easy maintenance, minimal whole-of-life costs, and minimal adverse environmental impacts.
AO10.1
Development provides public utilities and street lighting which are located and aligned to:
(a) avoid significant native vegetation and areas identified within the Biodiversity areas overlay map;
(b) minimise earthworks;
(c) avoid crossing waterways, waterway corridors and wetlands or if a crossing is unavoidable, tunnel-boring techniques are used to minimise disturbance, and a disturbed area is reinstated and restored on completion of the work.

Note—Guidance on the restoration of habitat is included in the Biodiversity areas planning scheme policy.

AO10.2
Development provides compatible public utility services and street-lighting services which are co-located in common trenching for underground services.
AO10.3
Development provides public utilities and street lighting which are designed and constructed in compliance with the public utilities standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
PO11
Development ensures that land used for urban purposes is serviced adequately with telecommunications and energy supply.
AO11
Development provides land with the following services to the standards of the approved supplier:
(a) electricity;
(b) telecommunications services;
(c) gas service where practicable.
PO12
Development ensures that major public projects promote the provision of affordable, high-bandwidth telecommunications services throughout the city.
AO12
Development provides conduits which are provided in all major Council and government works projects to enable the future provision of fibre optic cabling, if:
(a) the additional expense is unlikely to be prohibitive; or
(b) further major work is unlikely or disruption would be a major concern, such as where there is a limited capacity road; or
(c) there is a clear gap in the telecommunications network; or
(d) there is a clear gap in the bandwidth available to the area.

Editor’s note—An accurate, digital ‘as built’ three-dimensional location plan is to be supplied for all infrastructure provided in a road.

PO13
Development provides public art identified in a neighbourhood plan or park concept plan which:
(a) is provided commensurate with the status and scale of the proposed development;
(b) is sited and designed:
(i) as an integrated part of the project design;
(ii) as conceptually relevant to the context of the location;
(iii) to reflect and respond to the cultural values of the community;
(iv) to promote local character in a planned and informed manner.
AO13
Development provides public art identified in a neighbourhood plan or park concept plan which is sited and designed in compliance with the public art standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
PO14
Development provides signage of buildings and spaces which promote legibility to help users find their way.
AO14
Development provides public signage:
(a) at public transport interchanges and stops, key destinations, public spaces, pedestrian linkages and at entries to centre developments;
(b) which details the location of the key destinations, public spaces and pedestrian linkages in the vicinity, the services available within the development and where they are located.

Editor’s note—Signage is to be in accordance with Local Law Number 1 (Control of Advertisements Local Law).

PO15
Development that provides community facilities which form part of the development is functional, safe, low maintenance, and fit for purpose.
AO15
Development that provides community facilities which form part of the development is designed in compliance with the community facilities standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
PO16
Development provides public toilets which:
(a) are required as part of a community facility or park;
(b) are located, designed and constructed to be:
(i) safe;
(ii) durable;
(iii) resistant to vandalism;
(iv) able to service expected demand;
(v) fit for purpose.
AO16
Development that provides public toilets is designed and constructed in compliance with the public toilets standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
PO17
Development provides bridges, tunnels, elevated structures and water access structures that are designed and constructed using proven methods, materials and technology to provide for:
(a) safe movement of intended users;
(b) an attractive appearance appropriate to the general surroundings and any adjacent structures;
(c) functionality and easy maintenance;
(d) minimal whole-of-life cost;
(e) longevity;
(f) current and future services.

Note—All bridges and elevated and associated elements must be designed and certified by a Registered Professional Engineer Queensland in accordance with the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.

AO17
Development that provides bridges, tunnels, elevated structures and water access structures is designed and constructed in compliance with the standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
PO18
Development provides culverts which are designed and constructed using proven methods, materials and technology to provide for:
(a) safety;
(b) an attractive appearance appropriate to the general surroundings;
(c) functionality and easy maintenance;
(d) minimal whole-of-life cost;
(e) longevity;
(f) future widening;
(g) current and future services;
(h) minimal adverse impacts, such as increase in water levels or flow velocities, and significant change of flood patterns.

Note—All culverts and associated elements are to be designed and certified by a Registered Professional Engineer Queensland in accordance with the applicable design standards.

AO18
Development that provides culverts is designed and constructed in compliance with the structures standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
PO19
Development provides batters, retaining walls, and seawalls and river walls which are designed and constructed using proven methods, materials and technology to provide for:
(a) safety;
(b) an attractive appearance appropriate to the surrounding area;
(c) easy maintenance;
(d) minimal whole-of-life cost;
(e) longevity;
(f) minimal water seepage.

Note—All retaining walls and associated elements are to be designed and certified by a Registered Professional Engineer Queensland in accordance with the applicable design standards.

AO19
Development that provides batters, retaining walls, seawalls and river walls is designed and constructed in compliance with the structures standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
If for development with a gross floor area greater than 1,000m2
PO20
Development ensures that construction is managed so that use of public spaces and movement on pedestrian, cyclist and other traffic routes is not unreasonably disrupted and existing landscaping is adequately protected from short- and long-term impacts.

Note—The preparation of a construction management plan can assist in demonstrating achievement of this performance outcome.

Note—The Transport, access, parking and servicing planning scheme policy provides advice on the management of vehicle parking and deliveries during construction.

AO20
Development ensures that during construction:
(a) the ongoing use of adjoining and surrounding parks and public spaces, such as malls and outdoor dining, is not compromised;
(b) adjoining and surrounding landscaping is protected from damage;
(c) safe, legible, efficient and sufficient pedestrian, cyclist and vehicular accessibility and connectivity to the wider network are maintained.
PO21
Development ensures that construction and demolition activities are guided by measures that prevent or minimise adverse impacts including sleep disturbance at a sensitive use, due to noise and dust, including dust from construction vehicles entering and leaving the site.

Note—A noise and dust impact management plan prepared in accordance with the Management plans planning scheme policy can assist in demonstrating achievement of this performance outcome.

AO21.1
Development ensures that demolition and construction:
(a) only occur between 6:30am and 6:30pm Monday to Saturday, excluding public holidays;
(b) do not occur over periods greater than 6 months.
AO21.2
Development including construction and demolition does not release dust emissions beyond the boundary of the site.
AO21.3
Development construction and demolition does not involve asbestos-containing materials.
PO22
Development ensures that:
(a) construction and demolition do not result in damage to surrounding property as a result of vibration;
(b) vibration levels achieve the vibration criteria in Table 9.4.4.3.B, Table 9.4.4.3.C, Table 9.4.4.3.D and Table 9.4.4.3.E.

Note—A vibration impact assessment report prepared in accordance with the Noise impact assessment planning scheme policy can assist in demonstrating achievement of this performance outcome.

AO22
Development ensures that the nature and scale of construction and demolition do not generate noticeable levels of vibration.
Table 9.4.4.3.B—Recommended intermittent vibration levels for cosmetic damage
Type of building
Peak particle velocity (mm/s)
Reinforced or framed structures; industrial and heavy commercial buildings
50mm/s at 4Hz and above
Unreinforced or light-framed structures; residential or light commercial type buildings
Below 4Hz
4Hz to 15Hz
15Hz and above
0.6mm/s
15mm/s at 4Hz increasing to 20mm/s at 15Hz
20mm/s at 15Hz increasing to 50mm/s at 40Hz and above
Table 9.4.4.3.C—Recommended blasting vibration levels for human comfort
Type of building
Type of blasting operations
Peak component particle velocity (mm/s)
Residences, schools, educational institutions and places of worship
Operation blasting longer than 12 months or more than 20 blasts
5mm/s for 95% blasts per year 10mm/s maximum unless agreement is reached with the occupier that a higher limit may apply
Residences, schools, educational institutions and places of worship
Operation blasting longer than 12 months or more than 20 blasts
10mm/s maximum unless agreement is reached with the occupier that a higher limit may apply
Industry or commercial premises
All blasting
25mm/s maximum unless agreement is reached with the occupier that a higher limit may apply. For sites containing equipment sensitive to vibration, the vibration should be kept below manufacturer’s specifications or levels that do not adversely affect the equipment operation.
Table 9.4.4.3.D—Recommended levels for continuous and impulsive vibration acceleration (m/s2) 1–80Hz for human comfort
Location
Assessment period(1)
Preferred values(3)
Maximum values(3)
Continuous vibration
 
z-axis
x and y axes
z-axis
x and y axes
Critical areas(2)
Day or night
0.005 m/s2
0.0036 m/s2
0.01 m/s2
0.0072 m/s2
Residences
Day
0.01 m/s2
0.0071 m/s2
0.02 m/s2
0.014 m/s2
-
Night
0.007 m/s2
0.005 m/s2
0.014 m/s2
0.01 m/s2
Offices, schools, educational institutions and places of worship
Day or night
0.02 m/s2
0.014 m/s2
0.04 m/s2
0.028 m/s2
Workshops
Day or night
0.04 m/s2
0.029 m/s2
0.08 m/s2
0.058 m/s2
Impulsive vibration
 
Critical areas
Day or night
0.005 m/s2
0.0036 m/s2
0.01 m/s2
0.0072 m/s2
Residences
Day
0.3 m/s2
0.21 m/s2
0.6 m/s2
0.42 m/s2
-
Night
0.1 m/s2
0.071 m/s2
0.2 m/s2
0.14 m/s2
Offices, schools, educational institutions and places of worship
Day or night
0.64 m/s2
0.46 m/s2
1.28 m/s2
0.92 m/s2
Workshops
Day or night
0.64 m/s2
0.46 m/s2
1.28 m/s2
0.92 m/s2

Note—

(1) Day is 7am to 10pm and night is 10pm to 7am.

(2) Examples include hospital operating theatres and precision laboratories where sensitive operations are occurring.

(3) Situations exist where vibration above the preferred values can be acceptable, particularly for temporary or short-term events. Further guidance is given in the Noise impact assessment planning scheme policy.

Table 9.4.4.3.E—Recommended vibration dose values for intermittent vibration (m/s1.75) for human comfort
Location
Daytime(1)
Night time(1)
Preferred value
Maximum value
Preferred value(3)
Maximum value(3)
Critical areas(2)
0.1 m/s1.75
0.2 m/s1.75
0.1 m/s1.75
0.2 m/s1.75
Residences
0.2 m/s1.75
0.4 m/s1.75
0.13 m/s1.75
0.26 m/s1.75
Offices, schools, educational institutions and places of worship
0.4 m/s1.75
0.8 m/s1.75
0.4 m/s1.75
0.8 m/s1.75
Workshops
0.8 m/s1.75
1.6 m/s1.75
0.8 m/s1.75
1.6 m/s1.75

Note—

(1) Day is 7am to 10pm and night is 10pm to 7am.

(2) Examples include hospital operating theatres and precision laboratories where sensitive operations are occurring.

(3) Situations exist where vibration above the preferred values can be acceptable, particularly for temporary or short-term events. Further guidance is given in the Noise impact assessment planning scheme policy.

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