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Institute raises concerns on Townhouses TLPI

The Institute has expressed its serious concerns about Brisbane City Council’s new proposed Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) in a recent submission to the State Government. Recently, Brisbane City Council voted unanimously to seek a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) to restrict townhouses in Low density residential areas. The Institute does not support the proposal.

If passed by the state, this TLPI would ban multiple dwellings (apartment and townhouse developments) on low density residential zoned sites greater than 3,000m2. The Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning will decide if the TLPI is needed to “Protect all or part of a local government area from adverse impacts in urgent or emergent circumstances” – section 4(d) of the Planning Act 2016.

In 2018, Brisbane City Council underwent a consultation process and produced the Brisbane’s Future Blueprint. Numerous actions and principles have been created as a result; including:

“Protect the Brisbane backyard and our unique character” – Stop townhouses and apartments being built in areas for single homes” Brisbane City Council have indicated that significant risk of serious adverse social impact to the Brisbane Community is prevalent which necessitates this TLPI.

The Institute has expressed concern the TLPI will affect the ability for Brisbane to meet dwelling supply targets per the ShapingSEQ document, and to provide diverse housing typologies for the region. To view the Institute’s  submission, please follow this link here.

The Institute will be working with the State and Council as this TLPI progresses. If members have any questions or concerns regarding the TLPI, please contact Policy Manager Martin Zaltron via or 07 3229 1589.