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Our planning framework is about ensuring that development in Queensland occurs in a manner that helps create more liveable communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how important our neighbourhoods can be in supporting the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Now more than ever, Queenslanders appreciate the need for walkable neighbourhoods and access to local parks and open spaces.

Safeguarding our health is the top priority of the Queensland Economic Recovery Plan and designing our local neighbourhoods to support more active communities plays a key role in promoting the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.

Creating walkable neighbourhoods

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we undertook extensive consultation with the community, industry and local government about how effective neighbourhood design could support community health and wellbeing.

Your feedback was one of more than 20,000 responses we received from Queenslanders.

Following consideration of the feedback we have introduced new assessment benchmarks in the Planning Regulation 2017.

From 28 September 2020, new residential subdivisions in Queensland will be assessed against benchmarks relating to:

  • connectivity
  • block lengths
  • footpaths
  • park or open space
  • street trees.

You can read more about the assessment benchmarks at qld.gov.au/healthyactive.


Our planning framework is about ensuring that development in Queensland occurs in a manner that helps create more liveable communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how important our neighbourhoods can be in supporting the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Now more than ever, Queenslanders appreciate the need for walkable neighbourhoods and access to local parks and open spaces.

Safeguarding our health is the top priority of the Queensland Economic Recovery Plan and designing our local neighbourhoods to support more active communities plays a key role in promoting the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.

Creating walkable neighbourhoods

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we undertook extensive consultation with the community, industry and local government about how effective neighbourhood design could support community health and wellbeing.

Your feedback was one of more than 20,000 responses we received from Queenslanders.

Following consideration of the feedback we have introduced new assessment benchmarks in the Planning Regulation 2017.

From 28 September 2020, new residential subdivisions in Queensland will be assessed against benchmarks relating to:

  • connectivity
  • block lengths
  • footpaths
  • park or open space
  • street trees.

You can read more about the assessment benchmarks at qld.gov.au/healthyactive.