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8.2.20 Streetscape hierarchy overlay code

8.2.20.1 Application

(1) This code applies to assessing development of land adjoining or having frontage to (i.e. where the overlay sub-category is located in adjoining road reserve or public land), or traversed by or containing, any of the overlay sub-categories identified in the Streetscape hierarchy overlay map, if:
(a) accepted development subject to compliance with identified requirements, where acceptable outcomes of this code are identified requirements in a table of assessment for an overlay (section 5.10); or
(b) 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
(c) impact assessable development.
(2) The Streetscape hierarchy overlay map identifies in the following sub-categories:
(a) Subtropical boulevard – in centre sub-category;
(b) Subtropical boulevard – out of centre sub-category;
(c) City street major sub-category;
(d) City street minor sub-category;
(e) Neighbourhood street major sub-category;
(f) Neighbourhood street minor sub-category;
(g) Industrial street sub-category;
(h) Cross block link – in centre sub-category;
(i) Cross block link – out of centre sub-category;
(j) Corner land dedication sub-category;
(k) Locality street sub-category;
(l) Laneway sub-category;
(m) Wildlife movement solution sub-category.
(3) 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:

Editor's note—Standards for the provision of trunk infrastructure are specified in Part 4 Local government infrastructure plan.

Editor’s note—For a proposal to be accepted development subject to compliance with identified requirements, it must meet all the identified acceptable outcomes of this code that relate to the applicable sub-category and any other applicable code. Where it does not meet all identified acceptable outcomes, the proposal becomes assessable development and a development application is required. Where a development application is triggered, only the specific acceptable outcomes that the proposal fails to meet need to be assessed against the corresponding assessable acceptable outcomes or performance outcomes and relevant overall outcomes. Other identified acceptable outcomes that are met are not assessed as part of the development application.

8.2.20.2 Purpose

(1) The purpose of the Streetscape hierarchy 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 4: Brisbane’s highly effective transport and infrastructure networks and Element 4.1 – Brisbane’s transport infrastructure networks.
(b) Provide for the assessment of the suitability of development in the Streetscape hierarchy overlay.
(2) The purpose of the code will be achieved through the following overall outcomes:
(a) Development ensures that verges are wide enough to support high levels of pedestrian movement and have sufficient space to accommodate large subtropical street tree plantings.
(b) Development ensures that existing street trees are retained and new subtropical tree species in the verge make a significant contribution to shade tree cover and carbon sequestration.
(c) Development ensures that subtropical planting reinforces city gateways, thresholds and nodes.
(d) Development ensures that verges comprise consistent and high-quality treatments with improved footpaths and increased shade and shelter appropriate to their anticipated pedestrian use and where the use will change from the current zone.
(e) Development protects and contributes to safe, direct and convenient access for pedestrians and cyclists of all ages and abilities throughout sites and throughout neighbourhoods.
(f) Development maintains options for the safe movement of wildlife along a corridor.

8.2.20.3 Performance outcomes and acceptable outcomes

Table 8.2.20.3.A—Performance outcomes and acceptable outcomes
Performance outcomes
Acceptable outcomes
Section A—If for accepted development subject to compliance with identified requirements (acceptable outcomes only) or assessable development
PO1
Development must improve pedestrian movement and amenity by providing for verges to a width that is appropriate to accommodate large subtropical street tree planting and high levels of pedestrian movement.
AO1
Development ensures that a verge is provided via a linear land dedication to create a minimum verge width as specified in Table 8.2.20.3.B and the streetscape locality advice and road corridor design standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
PO2
Development must construct verges including street tree planting, street furniture, paving, lighting and verge and kerb treatments that establish a high-quality subtropical streetscape with a strong pedestrian amenity focus.
AO2.1
Development ensures that existing street trees are retained and protected.
AO2.2
Development ensures that street tree planting, street furniture, paving, lighting and verge and kerb treatment are designed and constructed in compliance with the specifications of the streetscape locality advice and road corridor design standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
Section B—If for assessable development
PO3
Development ensures that the design of a corner land dedication identified on the Streetscape hierarchy overlay map:
(a) facilitates a high level of pedestrian movement and activity;
(b) enforces the sense of arrival to individual precincts and major connections;
(c) provides a landmark definition through its materials and landscaping including deep-planting feature trees, seating and public art that integrates with the public realm.
AO3.1
Development ensures that a corner land dedication is provided:
(a) where identified in the Streetscape hierarchy overlay map;
(b) in compliance with a neighbourhood plan and the road corridor design and streetscape locality advice standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
AO3.2
Development ensures that landscaping including a large feature tree and seating is provided in a corner land dedication area in compliance with the specifications and standards in the road corridor design and streetscape locality advice standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
AO3.3
Development ensures that public art is provided in a corner land dedication area where identified in a neighbourhood plan and in compliance with the specifications and standards in the streetscape locality advice and public art standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
PO4
Development supports and contributes to the formation of an integrated and continuous through-block pedestrian and bicycle network that:
(a) facilitates convenient, safe, logical, active, legible and direct access to centres of activity, public transport facilities and public open spaces, including small-scale spaces;
(b) ensures the continuation of adjoining existing links to create an integrated and continuous through-block pedestrian network.
AO4
Development ensures that cross block links are provided:
(a) where identified in the Streetscape hierarchy overlay map;
(b) in compliance with a neighbourhood plan and the road corridor design and streetscape locality advice standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.

Note—Cross block links are shown in the general location in which they are needed.

PO5
Development ensures that cross block links:
(a) are designed and are of a width scale that reflects their function and location;
(b) have a strong street presence that signifies that they are publicly accessible;
(c) create a 24-hour publicly accessible space with equitable access;
(d) are of sufficient width to accommodate desired embellishments, pedestrian movement and activities and enable clear sightlines;
(e) are effectively signed, accessible and assist in way-finding.
AO5.1
Development ensures that cross block links are provided:
(a) where identified in the Streetscape hierarchy overlay map;
(b) in compliance with a neighbourhood plan and the road corridor design and streetscape locality advice standards in the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.
AO5.2
Development ensures that a cross block link:
(a) is dedicated to the Council;
(b) creates a 24-hour publicly accessible space with equitable access;
(c) is provided at-grade with an adjoining public area and connects safely without any lip or step;
(d) incorporates crime prevention through environmental design principles;
(e) incorporates a minimum corridor width of 6m, including a minimum unobstructed pavement width of 3m;
(f) provides lighting and shelter;
(g) has signage at each end identifying the connection provided;
(h) is straight and allows for visual connection to the other end;
(i) does not contain and is not adjacent to bin collection and car parking areas;
(j) is not used for vehicle access including service vehicle access.

Note—Refer to the Crime prevention through environmental design planning scheme policy.

If in or on a site adjoining the Wildlife movement solution sub-category
PO6
Development incorporates effective wildlife movement infrastructure that enables safe wildlife movement across and past transport infrastructure.
AO6
Development ensures that infrastructure solutions are:
(a) provided at the locations identified on the Streetscape hierarchy overlay map;
(b) designed to:
(i) account for daily and seasonal movement needs of native wildlife, such as foraging, breeding, predator and natural disaster avoidance;
(ii) achieve physical separation of native wildlife and the road;
(iii) adopt designs and treatments known to be used by native species, including significant fauna species listed in the Biodiversity area overlay code.

Note—Refer to the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy for further guidance of the design of wildlife movement solutions.

Table 8.2.20.3.B—Required verge widths for the streetscape hierarchy
Streetscape type
Required width
Subtropical boulevard – in centre
Range 3.75m (or 4.25m for new roads) to 6m
Subtropical boulevard – out of centre
Range 3.75m (or 4.25m for new roads) to 6m
City street major
5m
City street minor
3.75m or 4.25m for new roads
Neighbourhood street major
3.75m or 4.25m for new roads
Neighbourhood street minor
3.75m or 4.25m for new roads
Industrial street
3.75m or 4.25m for new roads
Cross block link
Range 4m to 6m
Corner land dedication
Range 25m2 to 81m2
Locality street
Laneway
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