Brisbane City Council is enjoying overwhelming support for a new Suburban Renewal Precincts strategy despite not being able to identify which areas would be targeted.

As part of the council’s budget this week, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner announced a blitz on the suburbs promising at least 80 per cent of spending would be directed outside the CBD.

He also announced a new urban renewal program to transform vacant and disused commercial or industrial areas into high density residential hotspots which could house thousands amid the city’s increasingly constrained housing market.

New sites were yet to be identified but Mr Schrinner said they would be revitalised in the way suburbs such as South Bank, Woolloongabba, Teneriffe and Newstead had over the past 15 years.

The policy was part of a blitz on housing affordability, which included increasing the rates of airbnb property owners.

“We’re leading the charge in suburban renewal …which is about identifying those maybe smaller areas across the city where you can have residential communities growing,” he said.

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Adrian Schrinner wants to see rundown pockets of the city revamped.(ABC News: Alicia Nally)

“You’ve seen industries changing and one of those industries that has changed significantly is the car sales industry.”

He said a lot of used car yards had closed down or moved. 

“That’s a lot of space that could be potentially turned into residential or mixed use areas,” he said.

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Teneriffe is an example of how a former industrial area has been transformed into a trendy location with residential apartments, bars, cafes and shops.(ABC News: Lexy Hamilton-Smith)

Mr Schrinner promised to identify a “number of locations” and start planning “quite quickly”.

He said consultation still had to be undertaken with neighbourhood residents and the state government.

He said zoning would be modified to allow new mixed use communities to pop up.

“Logan Rd at Woolloongabba and Buranda used to have car yards, there are now residential buildings going up. 

“We’re looking for areas with good access to public transport and infrastructure.”

Policy could ensure choice

Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Queensland branch and not-for-profit advocacy group Suburban Futures welcomed the fresh policy.

An UDIA Queensland spokeswoman said the strategy painted an “exciting vision for our city” and would “play a part in ensuring we have sufficient housing to support a growing population”.

“There is no single solution to the current housing affordability and rental supply crisis but council’s budget is a step in the right direction and we look forward to engaging with council on the suburban precinct planning initiative to ensure the supporting process is effective in bringing housing supply on efficiently,” the spokeswoman said.

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The ShapingSEQ plans estimates 188,200 additional homes are required in Brisbane between 2016 and 2041. Altura, picture, is the latest 22-storey luxury residence being built at West Village, West End.(Supplied: West Village)


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