Transit Oriented Development (TOD) has raised
its profile once more. As land becomes increasingly scarce, TODs
are becoming acceptable development outcomes to address population
growth. Since 2008, four TODs have been approved in Brisbane.
A TOD is a development centred around a transit facility such as
a railway station or a bus station. It is sometimes incorrectly
described as a residential tower above a noisy railway station.
The characteristics of a TOD include a rapid and frequent
transit service that is highly accessible, a mix of land uses, and
high quality open spaces and streetscapes that are pedestrian
friendly. As a result of the accessibility to the transit service,
there are reduce rates of private car parking.
A TOD will typically include a mix of different land uses, such
as medium to high density residential, retail, commercial and
community uses. This mix of land uses will enable people to live,
work, shop and socialise within a short distance from their homes.
A TOD precinct is described as being within a comfortable 10 minute
walk or 800 metres radius of the transit station.
While TODs have not formally been adopted in the past, many
areas within Brisbane have been developed using TOD principles.
These areas include Southbank with its mixed uses situated between
two railway stations and Kelvin Grove Urban Village with its mixed
uses in close proximity to the busway.
Some of the Urban Development Areas have also been flagged to
include a TOD or TOD principles, such as the Fitzgibbon Urban
Development Area close to Carseldine Railway Station.
The State Government, through its agency Growth Management
Queensland, has confirmed that it is committed to the establishment
of TODs to address increased population growth in Queensland.
It is also acknowledged that a TOD will support the use of more
sustainable modes of transport and be a more effective integration
of land use with transport infrastructure. In order to encourage
good practice in terms of applying the principles of TOD, the State
Government has released the Transport Oriented Development Guide
(Guide). The Guide is in three parts:
A guide to practitioners – to encourage good practise
in applying the principles of TOD.
A guide to community diversity – which outlines how
to achieve diverse and inclusive communities for a TOD.
A guide for development in a railway environment – a
technical guide to assist with the development in or around a rail
corridor. This guide ensures safe designs and aims to minimise
amenity impacts such as noise and light intrusion.
The release of the Guide also coincides with the announcement of
the TOD precinct at Yeerongpilly.
In a press release the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning,
Stirling Hinchliffe, stressed that the State Government and
Brisbane City Council are working together to deliver an
"exemplary TOD at Yeerongpilly".
The Guide will assist practitioners to meet the State's
expectation for creating vibrant urban communities based on the
principles of TOD.
The South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 and the Far
North Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 advocate TODs as a
strategy for achieving sustainability and building attractive and
vibrant communities. It is likely that Brisbane residents will see
more TODs being developed over the next few years.
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