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6.2 Zone codes

6.2.1 Residential zones category

6.2.1.1 Low density residential zone code

(1) The purpose of the low density residential zone is to provide for:
(a) dwelling houses; and
(b) community uses, and small-scale services, facilities and infrastructure, to support local residents.
(2) The purpose of the zone will be achieved through overall outcomes for:
(a) zone role;
(b) development location and uses;
(c) development form.
(3) Zone role overall outcomes are:
(a) Development in the zone supports the implementation of the policy direction set in the Strategic framework, in particular:
(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.
(4) Development location and uses overall outcomes are:
(a) Development provides for suburban living in dwelling houses of predominantly 1 or 2 storeys in height, on appropriately sized and configured vacant lots, which maintain the low density detached housing suburban identity of the Low density residential zone.
(b) Development provides for other housing types at a house scale to provide housing diversity offering choice to different household types and individuals to suit residents through different life-cycle stages.
(c) Development, other than a dwelling house, including dual occupancy or a multiple dwelling is not accommodated within this suburban setting unless on a well-located site of over 3,000m2.
(d) Development for other housing types, being a residential care facility or retirement facility, which provides housing diversity and enables people to remain within their local neighbourhood throughout their life cycle, may be accommodated at appropriate locations where height is no greater than 1 or 2 storeys.
(e) Development for a relocatable home park or tourist park may continue to operate and expand where on an existing site to provide housing diversity.
(f) Development for a dwelling unit may occur as part of a non-residential use.
(g) 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.
(h) Development for commercial character building activities on land within the Commercial character building overlay is to comply with the Commercial character building (activities) overlay code.
(i) Development for a compatible and individual small-scale non-residential use which is a community care centre, community use, health care service, office, shop or veterinary service (together with any associated caretaker’s accommodation or dwelling unit), where not on land within the Commercial character building overlay is to:
(i) have a gross floor area of less than 250m2;
(ii) serve local residents' day-to-day needs;
(iii) not undermine the viability of a nearby centre.
(j) Development for a home-based business may operate in a dwelling house and is of a scale and nature that protects the amenity of adjoining residents.
(k) Development for a non-residential use serves a local community facility need only, such as a child care centre or a substation, and is of a bulk and scale that is compatible with and integrates with the built form intent for the Low density residential zone.
(l) Development for rooming accommodation accommodates five persons or less.
(5) Development form overall outcomes are:
(a) Development is of a form and scale that reinforces a distinctive subtropical character of low rise, low density buildings set in green landscaped areas.
(b) Development for a dwelling house is of a height, bulk, scale and form which is compatible with the low density detached housing suburban identity of the Low density residential zone.
(c) Development for a dwelling house occurs on appropriately sized and configured lots, and:
(i) where not on a rear lot, has a minimum lot size of 400m2;
(ii) where on a rear lot, has a minimum lot size of 600m2;
(iii) maintains a block pattern that accommodates traditional backyards and large trees.
(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.
(e) Development of a dwelling house on a small lot comprising a new premises or an increase in gross floor area of an existing premises is located within a defined building envelope that:
(i) provides safety from fire hazards;
(ii) maximises the retention of backyard spaces as private landscaped space;
(iii) avoids overbearing development involving bulk or setback which is inconsistent with the character of a dwelling house on an adjoining lot.
(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.
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