An inside edge: urban infill potential within the suburban flood plain

Skinner, Peter (2011). An inside edge: urban infill potential within the suburban flood plain. In: Hisham Elkadi, Leilei Xu and James Coulson, Architecture @ the Edge: Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia 2011 International Conference. Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia Annual Conference (AASA), Geelong, VIC, Australia, (33-42). 18-21 September 2011.

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Author Skinner, Peter
Title of paper An inside edge: urban infill potential within the suburban flood plain
Conference name Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia Annual Conference (AASA)
Conference location Geelong, VIC, Australia
Conference dates 18-21 September 2011
Proceedings title Architecture @ the Edge: Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia 2011 International Conference
Place of Publication Geelong, VIC, Australia
Publisher Deakin University School of Architecture and Building
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780958192552
Editor Hisham Elkadi
Leilei Xu
James Coulson
Start page 33
End page 42
Total pages 10
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The South-East Queensland Regional Plan defines an urban growth footprint to limit outward expansion of Brisbane and the SEQ conurbation. Despite this clear intention to limit residential sprawl and promote infill, recent housing development continues to focus on greenfield estates at the periphery of the city. Real progress on transit-oriented development of inner suburbs has proved difficult. The January 2011 floods highlight a second latent boundary to the future growth in Brisbane, an inner edge of flood-prone land that fringes the Brisbane River and its suburban tributary creeks. Beneath the latest defined flood level are thousands of suburban properties that have suffered inundation, lost resale value and are uninsurable in their current form. This paper argues that the zone of land within one storey-height of the new flood level has the potential to provide a much-needed infill redevelopment opportunity of the city – a broad inner ribbon within the urban footprint with the capacity to house thousands of new residents. Up-zoning to allow higher density housing would stimulate market-driven redevelopment of blocks overlooking the suburban creek network. Between flood events, these areas have high residential amenity with potential for recreational open space and walking and cycling networks to local shops, bus and rail. Population increase here would yield an increased rates base to fund green infrastructure and flood mitigation. These suburban flood plains are proposed as the ‘inside edge’ needed to deliver provision of denser affordable housing. This proposition is tested in Brisbane’s Oxley Creek catchment.
Keyword Urban growth
Housing density
Affordability
Flood resilience
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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