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The Toowoomba Branch has major concerns with proposed down zoning of substantial areas of Low Medium Density zoned areas in central Toowoomba. Under a recent council proposal, a total of 14,432, or 26.3% of properties in the Toowoomba region will be down-zoned from Low-Medium Density Residential (LMDR) to Low Density Residential (LDR).

This will have major impacts on delivering alternative forms of housing demanded by the community. It will also reduce the ability to provide mixed forms of housing outside a typical detached dwelling house which will limit housing choice, and in turn the capacity to provide affordable housing in Toowoomba.

Our recent submission to council on the matter raised concern with:

  • Restricting Dual Occupancy and Dwelling House developments from Accepted Development within the Low Density Residential and Low-medium Density Residential Zones
  • Removing Multiple Dwelling developments as Code assessment within the Low Density Residential Zone
  • Restricting Dual Occupancy developments as Accepted Development within the Township Zone
  • Designating Impact assessment provisions on subdivision applications (Reconfiguring a Lot) where minimum lot sizes are not achieved
  • Designating Impact assessment provisions for ‘Hatchet Lots’ within the Low Density Residential Zone
  • Carparking requirements for multiple dwellings
  • Designating Impact assessment provisions for Dual Occupancy and Multiple Dwelling developments within Hatchet Lots in Low Density Residential and Low-medium Density Residential Zones
  • Imposing Impact assessment provisions for all proposed Dual Occupancy and Multiple Dwelling developments where they exceed two storeys in height.

The branch encouraged council to focus more on code and design requirements rather than blanket exclusion of infill development options.

Details of various zoning changes across the region as part of this amendment are available here and search the address.

To view this amendment, please follow the link here.

The Toowoomba Branch have provided a submission which can be reviewed here. If you have any comments to include in the branch’s comments, please contact Robert Tily, Policy Executive on rtily@udiaqld.com.au.

The Institute has previously expressed concern with the mooted changes in 2016 in relation to the Medium Density Residential Review.