The latest proposal for the Bowen Hills Priority Development Area has been released with plans to transform more than 100-hectares of Brisbane’s inner-city precinct.
Under the scheme, Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) has released a proposed amendment of the Bowen Hills PDA, which plans to ensure its future as a vibrant urban area with “preserved heritage places” and “a diverse range of uses”.
Priority Development Areas are parcels of land in Queensland, identified by the state government for specific development, and a focus on economic growth.
State Development Minister Cameron Dick said the greatest diversity of uses and intensity of development would be focused around local public transport stations.
The scheme proposes development that could provide opportunities for building over infrastructure corridors with the provision of air rights above these corridors.
“Development that integrates with the Bowen Hills Railway Station must provide substantial improvements to the station itself, station access and the station’s interface with the public realm,” the scheme said.
Building heights would remain capped at eight storeys for high-density residential zoned land east of Abbotsford Road. Houses, townhouses, and low-rise apartments will remain up to four-storeys on medium-density residential zoned land.
Mixed industry and business zoned areas would have a maximum height provision of eight-storeys, under the proposed amendments.
The Bowen Hills PDA, which is also home to the old Queensland Museum and Brisbane Showgrounds, could also get a new retail precinct along Mayne Road and Hudd Street, along with a new recreation park near the Bowen Hills railway station.
“Retail high streets, ground-level businesses and a lively entertainment district around Brisbane Showgrounds will further add to the vibrancy of the area.”
Public feedback is encouraged on the future development of the Bowen Hills area, with formal submissions to be received by Friday 7 December.
Priority Development Areas in Brisbane
The state government recently declared two new PDAs in Brisbane’s south-west suburb of Oxley (19 hectares) and Yeronga (three hectares) in Brisbane’s south.
Other Brisbane PDAs include; Northshore Hamilton (300 hectares), Fitzgibbon (294 hectares), Woolloongabba (10 hectares), Queen’s Wharf (26 hectares), Herston Quarter (six hectares).