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A sin­gle line in the re­cent Bris­bane’s Fu­ture Blue­print doc­u­ment has Bris­bane de­vel­op­ers ex­cited, ac­cord­ing to YIMBY (Yes in My Back Yard) Qld co-founder, Natalie Ray­ment.

Ms Ray­ment said a roofed struc­ture on a rooftop is de­fined as a storey in Queens­land,which meant you couldn’t put so much as a fixed shade struc­ture over a bar­be­cue.

“How­ever, this is about to change with the Bris­bane City Coun­cil propos­ing a change to the rules, due largely to a sub­mis­sion by YIMBY Queens­land.

In an ef­fort to un­tie the red tape around rooftop de­sign, Ms Ray­ment launched a cam­paign to al­low de­vel­op­ers to take ad­van­tage of Queens­land’s cli­mate with rooftops.

“Even where the shade struc­ture is well de­signed, set back from the edges of the build­ing and made of light­weight ma­te­ri­als, it is not al­lowed un­der the cur­rent rules,” she said.

Ms Ray­ment added YIMBY Qld lob­bied the Bris­bane City Coun­cil to re­move the bar­ri­ers that pro­hibit shade on rooftops, specif­i­cally to ex­clude fixed shade struc­tures from be­ing clas­si­fied as a storey.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to see the coun­cil are look­ing to make a pos­i­tive change to the plan­ning scheme.”

She said Bris­bane City Coun­cil’s

Bris­bane’s Fu­ture Blue­print out­lined that they would amend the Bris­bane City Plan 2014 to make it eas­ier for new de­vel­op­ments to in­clude rooftop gar­dens and green open space.

“The blue­print has adopted the YIMBY Qld sub­mis­sion by propos­ing to re­move the reg­u­la­tion that de­fines a rooftop amenity space as an­other storey on the struc­ture,” she said.

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