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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.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Earlier this year the model code for neighbourhood design was released and consultation occurred on what elements of the code could be made mandatory.

    More than 20,000 responses were received from community, local government and industry across Queensland, demonstrating support for the policy principles and concepts of the proposed provisions. 

    We listened to all the feedback received and the proposed mandatory provisions have been revised. 

    We now want your feedback on how these proposed mandatory provisions will be implemented.

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  • CLOSED: This survey finished 1 September 2019. Register to stay up to date.

    The Queensland Government has released a new model code for neighbourhood design to encourage the development of heathier and more active communities across the state.

    Now we are proposing to make some elements of the code mandatory. This will set a minimum standard for new development to advance healthy and active communities for all Queenslanders. 

    You can read this short overview document for more details on the changes proposed.

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