Inner City Brisbane's traditional residential character: an analysis of character protection mechanisms

Lockwood, Christine Ann (1994). Inner City Brisbane's traditional residential character: an analysis of character protection mechanisms Master's Thesis, School of Geography, Planning and Architecture, The University of Queensland.

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Author Lockwood, Christine Ann
Thesis Title Inner City Brisbane's traditional residential character: an analysis of character protection mechanisms
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning and Architecture
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1994
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Supervisor Ron Brown
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subjects 1608 Sociology
1205 Urban and Regional Planning
Formatted abstract
Livability is proving to be an important issue throughout Brisbane if the lead up to the 1994 council elections and associated policies are any indication of the people’s values. A substantial part of livability Brisbane-style is the single detached dwelling, often of timber-and-tin, which is potentially being threatened by the onset of multiple-unit dwellings and the push for urban consolidation throughout the inner city areas of Brisbane.

This study aimed to test the City of Brisbane town planning scheme’s ability to protect the traditional timber-and-tin character of residences of the inner city. The main objectives of the thesis were to define Brisbane’s traditional inner city residential character and to establish the extent to which this character is threatened by the existing zoning scheme. Other objectives were to explore the possibility of owner initiated down-zoning as a means of addressing character conservation. The suburb of Paddington was examined to establish the extent to which the Brisbane City town plan is able to protect its workers cottages’ and timber-and-tin character.

Case study findings showed that the character of the Paddington area had been retained substantially. However, this was more due to market forces inflating the price of land in the area beyond most developers interests and not by means of the town plan. There was a 10% take-up rate of development opportunity in the Residential B zone.

Up to 70% of the inner city’s residential area is zoned for redevelopment as units and town houses and much of this is timber-and-tin character housing. A blanket approach to zoning had been taken in the 1987 town plan which disregarded character issues. This study found that down-zoning could be a viable mechanism for character conservation in inner city areas. The issue of compensation should not be significant where block sizes are too small for redevelopment as is the case in much of the inner city. However, legislation regarding compensation for injurious affection could be altered to ease council’s ability to plan for conservation of significant character areas. Another important issue was the lack of control over removal and demolition of dwellings. No residential zone limited dwelling removal even though it is within Council’s power to do so. Control over removal of housing should ideally be targeted to character dwelling areas only. Therefore effective and objective identification of such areas is essential.
Keyword City planning -- Queensland -- Brisbane
Architecture, Domestic -- Queensland -- Brisbane -- Conservation and restoration
Architecture, Domestic -- Queensland -- Brisbane -- History
Brisbane (Qld.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
Thesis (M.Urb. & Reg.Plg.) - University of Queensland
Additional Notes Other Title: Inner Brisbane character protection.

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