Queensland's population aged 65 and over is accelerating and
the demand for retirement living is set to double by 2027. With
this large demographic shift comes the need to provide appropriate
housing choice and facilities for seniors and to remove any
barriers to their delivery.
On 31 August 2016, Brisbane City Council announced several
planning policies to encourage more inner suburban retirement
village and aged care development in Brisbane.
Those policies include:
From 1 September 2016 until 31 December 2019, qualifying
development permits for new retirement living or aged care
development will be eligible for a 33% reduction in infrastructure
A more streamlined approach for those proposing new retirement
living or aged care development including:
Free pre-lodgement advice;
A dedicated assessment manager; and
A decision on an application within 90 business days.
Progressing draft amendments to Brisbane City Plan
Update the strategic framework to emphasise the need for
retirement living and aged care accommodation.
Create a single retirement facility and residential care
facility code which identifies specific design considerations for
such uses and includes provisions for greater building height on
larger sites provided building height transitions are applied.
Lower the level of assessment to code assessment in various
zones including the low density residential zone and the lowmedium
density residential zone where the development complies with
building height outcomes.
Increase the allowable code assessable building height by two
storeys for residential care facilities and retirement facilities
in the medium and high density residential zones.
Allow small-scale commercial, retail and community uses (such
as childcare, food and drink outlet and shop) in retirement
facility and residential care facility developments as code
Identify opportunities for the co-location of retirement
facilities and residential care facilities on privately owned sport
and recreation zoned land (such as land zoned for bowls clubs and
golf courses) if a community benefit is provided.
Allow operators to re-purpose existing buildings from a
retirement facility to a residential care facility, or vice versa,
as self-assessable development.
The incentives seek to facilitate the ability for people to
retire and go into aged care in areas they are familiar with, and
which have medical and professional services available, thereby
avoiding the need to move into facilities located on the outskirts
of the city.
Public notification and consultation on the proposed City
Plan 2014 amendments is expected in late 2016 to early
Over recent years Brisbane City Council has adopted similar
approaches to encourage the development of hotels and student
accommodation within Brisbane. These have proved successful in
terms of the number of approvals granted within the first year of
their effect. It is hoped that these aged care and retirement
living incentives are likewise implemented and embraced to increase
the supply of suitable housing for retiring Brisbane residents.
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