Cul de sac safe after huge response to walkability strategy

The Palaszczuk Government has received an overwhelming response to public consultation on a new model code for neighbourhood design.

Minister for Planning Cameron Dick said it was a fantastic response to public consultation around urban strategy and design.

“By the close of consultation on 1 September we had received more than 20 000 responses from the community, industry and local councils.

A summary of responses as follows:

  • 18, 533 votes on quick polls
  • 3036 visitors to the engagement hub
  • 442 survey responses
  • 1659 responses on social media
  • 75 responses from industry and local government
  • 89 per cent of responses support mandatory walkability provisions in new neighbourhoods
  • 80 per cent of responses support footpaths on both sides of the street, with trees for shading

“I’m delighted that Queenslanders have responded so positively and thoughtfully in this process.

“We are a consultative and responsive government and I’m pleased so many people have engaged with this process about how their streets, neighbourhoods and suburbs should be designed in the future.”

Mr Dick said one strong theme that emerged from the consultation was the community support for cul-de-sac streets.

“I’ve heard that response loud and clear, and we will not impose a ban on cul de sacs.

“The much-loved cul de sac will be safe under the new model code for neighbourhood design.

“We will now finalise work on the model code reflecting better design principles, including how councils, developers and the community can incorporate cul de sacs into walkable communities.

“Detailed analysis of the feedback and responses received will now be undertaken, and we anticipate releasing a final code before the end of the year.

“I thank Queenslanders for their input into this important body of work.”

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