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8.2.13A Key civic space and iconic vista overlay code

8.2.13A.1 Application

(1) This code applies to assessing development in the Key civic space and iconic vista overlay, if:
(a) assessable development where this code is an applicable code identified in the assessment benchmarks column of a table of assessment for an overlay (section 5.10); or
(b) impact assessable development.
(2) Land in the Key civic space and iconic overlay is identified in the Key civic space and iconic vista overlay map and is included in the following sub-categories:
(a) Key civic space sub-category;
(b) Iconic vista site sub-category.
(3) When using this code, reference should be made to section 1.5 and section 5.3.3.

Editor’s note—As neighbourhood planning is undertaken, where it is intended that additional key civic spaces and iconic vista sites should be protected, the Key civic space and iconic vista overlay may be applied to additional land.

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

8.2.13A.2 Purpose

(1) The purpose of the Key civic space and iconic vista 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 and Element 2.4 – Brisbane’s community facilities, services, open space and recreation infrastructure;
(ii) Theme 5: Brisbane’s CityShape and Element 5.1 – Brisbane’s City Centre.
(b) Provide for the assessment of the suitability of development on land in the Key civic space and iconic vista overlay.
(2) The purpose of the code will be achieved through the following overall outcomes:
(a) Development protects, maintains and enhances key civic spaces and does not result in any permanent buildings or structures being erected within a key civic space, unless there is both an overwhelming community and economic need demonstrated for the development relative to the public’s interest in maintaining the key civic space.
(b) Development protects, maintains and enhances its function as a publicly accessible space supporting a range of community and cultural activities.
(c) Development protects, maintains and enhances the amenity characteristics, including lighting, daylight, breezes, shade and the uninterrupted ability to use and enjoy the land of key civic spaces without permanent buildings or structures.
(d) Development protects, maintains and enhances the nature and characteristics of an iconic vista site and does not detract from the aesthetic, landscape, architectural, historic or cultural significance of an iconic vista site.

8.2.13A.3.A Performance outcomes and acceptable outcomes

Table 8.2.13A.3.A—Performance outcomes and acceptable outcomes
Performance outcomes
Acceptable outcomes
Section A—If in the Key civic space sub-category and identified as KCS1 or KCS2
PO1
Development does not result in any permanent buildings or structures being erected within the key civic space.
AO1
No acceptable outcome is prescribed.
PO2
Development does not intrude into the airspace above the key civic space.
AO2
No acceptable outcome is prescribed.
PO3
Development protects, maintains and enhances the function of the key civic space.
AO3
No acceptable outcome is prescribed.
Section B—If in the Key civic space sub-category and identified as KCS3 or KCS4
PO4
Development does not result in any permanent buildings or structures being erected within the key civic space.
AO4
Development ensures that the maximum height of a permanent building or structure is in accordance with Table 8.2.13A.3.B.
PO5
Development does not intrude into the airspace above the key civic space.
AO5
Development ensures that the maximum height of a permanent building or structure is in accordance with Table 8.2.13A.3.B.
PO6
Development protects, maintains and enhances the function of the key civic space.
AO6
No acceptable outcome is prescribed.
Section C—If in the Iconic vista site sub-category
PO7
Development protects, maintains and enhances the nature and characteristics of the iconic vista site, as described in Table 8.2.13A.3.C.

Note—Development must demonstrate how impacts on the iconic vista site have been managed through the undertaking of a view analysis. A view analysis should demonstrate the development proposal, existing development and relevant natural landscape features. The analysis should also demonstrate how the proposal affects the nature and characteristics of the iconic vista site, including but not limited to all elements identified in Table 8.2.13A.3.C. Three-dimensional modelling must be submitted in a format suitable for analysis in Council’s Virtual Brisbane model.

AO7
Development ensures that the maximum height of a permanent building or structure is in accordance with Table 8.2.13A.3.B.
Table 8.2.13A.3.B—Maximum building or structure height
Site reference
Building or structure height
Where within the Key civic space sub-category
KCS1—Reddacliff Place
Ground level
KCS2—Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law Complex
Ground level
KCS3—Post Office Square
The level at any point of the landscaped publicly accessible space
KCS4—Admiralty Towers II public plaza
The level at any point of the landscaped publicly accessible space
Where within the Iconic vista site sub-category
IV1A—Anzac Square
Ground level
IV1B—Post Office Square
The level at any point of the landscaped publicly accessible space
IV1C—General Post Office
The highest point of the General Post Office
IV1D—St Stephen’s Cathedral
The highest point of the St Stephen’s Cathedral including the spire
Table 8.2.13A.3.C—Nature and characteristics of the iconic vista
Iconic vista site reference
Nature and characteristics of the iconic vista
Iconic vista 1 (IV1): The Ceremonial Vista
IV1A—Anzac Square
IV1B—Post Office Square
IV1C—General Post Office
IV1D—St Stephen’s Cathedral
The ceremonial vista includes one or more of the Central Railway Station, Anzac Square, Post Office Square, the General Post Office and St Stephen’s Cathedral.
The ceremonial vista includes, but is not limited to, a unique collection of prominent low-scale historic buildings and civic spaces, which together, form one of Queensland’s most historically significant precincts.
The protection, maintenance and enhancement of public views through and within the ceremonial vista strengthens the public’s appreciation of the heritage precinct, maintains the strong physical and visual link between the buildings and spaces, and defines their setting within the context of the city centre.
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