Beenleigh

Beenleigh Town Square

The delivery of the Beenleigh Town Square project is driven by a powerful desire from the community to transform the physical heart of the town. The project aspires to transform the space around the current six way roundabout from a functional junction into a real community heart.

The next step in the process is the completion of the detailed design and construction drawings for the town square. The design and various design elements will only be fixed once the detail design drawings have been completed.

Beenleigh Implementation Programme

Council is now developing an implementation programme to facilitate delivery of the key priority projects and overall objectives of the Beenleigh Town Centre Master Plan. The implementation programme will build on the proposals in the Central Beenleigh Renewal Plan to provide a framework for delivery of the vision of the Beenleigh Town Centre Master Plan. 

Our Living City - Gold Coast Planning Scheme  2003 Amendment Instrument 2012 No.1

On 26 March 2013 Logan City Council adopted the Our Living City - Gold Coast Planning Scheme 2003 Amendment Instrument 2012 No.1. The amendment takes effect from 28 March 2013.

The amendment makes changes to the existing Gold Coast Planning Scheme 2003 which currently guides development in Beenleigh. The changes better align with and enable the implementation of the Beenleigh Town Centre Master Plan Report, Beenleigh Town Centre Master Plan Building Heights Study and Central Beenleigh Renewal Plan.

Final Beenleigh Town Centre Master Plan

Council has prepared a master plan to guide future growth in the Beenleigh town centre. The Master Plan provides a strategic framework for managing growth in Beenleigh over the next 20 years.

The plan proposes to physically transform the town's centre, with clear proposals for land use, building, public spaces, and pedestrian and traffic movement.

The Master Plan is supported by a timeline and delivery strategy, as well as a series of interrelated strategies and plans that provide guidance on:

  • land use - land uses and where activities happen
  • urban form and density - scale of development, building design and character
  • access and movement - walking and cycling networks, public transport, car parking and efficient traffic movement
  • public and open space - community precincts, streetscapes and urban design, building character, public art
  • infrastructure - water, sewerage, drainage and telecommunications
  • economic - drivers for change, catalyst projects, growth opportunities
  • social - how to manage social change, social equity, impacts on quality of life, social infrastructure provision

Master Plan aims

The Beenleigh Town Centre Master Plan aims to:

  • build first-class public spaces and a new town square
  • balance traffic movements and car parking with high quality public spaces to ensure a  people friendly place
  • develop incentives to encourage the right type and quality of development at the right time and in the right place
  • create and environment that is attractive for investment
  • identify and prioritise key projects that will act as a catalyst for putting the Master Plan strategies into action in the short, medium and longer term.

Master Plan outcomes

The final master plan will:

  • guide land use planning and development, transport and the quality of design of buildings and public spaces to 2031.
  • provide a raft of new planning measures and incentives needed to achieve the aims of the Master Plan.
  • align with the State Government's South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 and Transit Orientated Development Guidelines.
  • be used to inform the (statutory) Beenleigh Local Plan, to form part of the new Logan Planning Scheme.

Summary of community feedback

The Beenleigh Town Centre Draft Master Plan was released for community feedback from 12 November to 17 December 2010. The purpose of this report is to summarise the 130 individually recorded comments on the draft plan received by email, letter or through the supplied community feedback form. Comments are summarised under the following headings:

  • Transport
  • Safety
  • Building heights, density and land use
  • Public realm and urban design
  • Infrastructure
  • Miscellaneous
  • Requests for more information.

Beenleigh Town Centre Draft Master Plan - Summary of Community Feedback

Improvements to the draft Master Plan

Following community consultation for the Beenleigh Town Centre Draft Master Plan, which was held from 12 November to 17 December 2010, two key issues were identified - building height and the development of an Implementation Programme.

Building Heights Study

Immediately prior to the release of the Beenleigh Town Centre Draft Master Plan, the Department of Local Government and Planning issued a new guide for the creation of Transit Orientated Developments (TODs).

While the Beenleigh Town Centre Master Plan was drafted in accordance with the best TOD principles, the Master Plan needed to have regard to the latest TOD Guide. Subsequently, Place Design Group Ltd was commissioned to undertake a Building Height Study in recognition of the submissions received during the public consultation and the latest TOD guidelines.

Based on the recommendations of the Building Heights Study, the maximum building heights have been increased.

Social Impact Assessment

Logan City Council conducted a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) to inform the implementation of the Beenleigh Town Centre Master Plan. Extensive consultation with the Beenleigh community was conducted, with the following key findings:

  • the community places a high value on the historical aspects of Beenleigh and would like to see these maintained 
  • the importance of identifying and mitigating of potential negative impacts, such as housing affordability
  • both physical changes to the urban environment and social change potential should be considered when increasing densities 
  • there is an ongoing need to consult with the Beenleigh community to effectively manage change

The study identified the social issues and potential impacts that could affect the quality of life of Beenleigh residents as a result of the Master Planning process. A range of enhancement and mitigation measures have been recommended and reviewed by Council.

The recommendations of the Social Impact Assessment have informed the final Master Plan, and will inform the Local Area Plan and Implementation Programme for the Beenleigh Town Centre area.

Social Needs Assessment

The Beenleigh and Bahrs Scrub Social Needs Assessment was prepared by Elton Consulting for Logan City Council in August 2010.

The social needs assessment informed the preparation of the Beenleigh and Bahrs Scrub plans. It provides an overview of the demographic characteristics of the Beenleigh and Bahrs Scrub areas, examines the community and open space facilities available in the area, and identifies current social issues and needs. It also considers broader population forecasts for the areas and the implications for demand on social infrastructure, highlighting issues for consideration in the next stages of community planning.

Beenleigh Parking Plan

The Beenleigh Parking Plan was released on 29 June 2011. The parking plan has been developed to accompany the Beenleigh Town Centre Draft Master Plan.

Beenleigh Parking Plan

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