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.