Morningside Residents Speak Out Against Developments that Fail to Meet BCC Future Blueprint

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Morningside locals have expressed scepticism over Brisbane City Council’s Future Blueprint plan, which was intended to protect the suburb against future developments that do not adhere to the area’s character.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has identified Morningside as one of the suburbs where townhouses and units would be banned under the plan.

Residents remain doubtful about the plan to preserve Morningside from inappropriate development due to recent townhouse development proposals and the overdevelopment happening in several parts of the city.


The BCC Future Blueprint gathered the opinions of over 100,000 residents and every suburb in the city has participated. Its principles include:

  • Create a city of neighbourhoods
  • Protect and create greenspace
  • Create more to see and do
  • Protect the Brisbane backyard and their unique character
  • Ensure best practice design that complements the character of Brisbane
  • Empower and engage residents
  • Get people home quicker and safer with more travel options
  • Give people more choice when it comes to housing

Brisbane’s Future Blueprint is supposed to restrict the establishment of such townhouses in areas for single homes.

The restriction of townhouses and apartments to be built in areas for single homes fall under the principle “Protect the Brisbane backyard and their unique character.”


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The plan also clearly states that the council is determined to stop the establishment of townhouses or apartments in low-density areas that are meant for single homes. The council aims to preserve the space between homes by implementing minimum setbacks on property boundaries and by ensuring that all suburban developments are in line with the vision for the suburb.

Councillor Kara Cook was quick to point out two townhouse development proposals in the suburb that do not meet their City Plan requirements.

City Planning Chairman Matthew Bourke addressed the issue and said that the two development proposals in the suburb were submitted to be built on low to medium density-zoned areas.