SAY­ING YES TO PROGRESS

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BRIS­BANE is set to be­come a ‘yimby’ city as the pos­i­tives of good de­vel­op­ment are cel­e­brated.

The in­ter­na­tional ‘yimby’ (yes, in my back­yard) ini­tia­tive orig­i­nated in New York to dis­cuss, doc­u­ment and pro­mote good de­vel­op­ment, and has since spread to other US cities, Canada and through Europe.

Bris­bane prop­erty con­sul­tancy, Wolter Con­sult­ing Group (WCG), has spear­headed #yim­byqld to bring bal­ance to the de­vel­op­ment de­bate and coun­ter­act en­trenched neg­a­tiv­ity.

WCG se­nior as­so­ciate Mitchell Hen­dricks said the ini­tia­tive had been suc­cess­ful in­ter­na­tion­ally in giv­ing the com­mu­nity an un­der­stand­ing of new de­vel­op­ment, and the good things – di­rect and in­di­rect – that would come from it.

“The lack of in­for­ma­tion and how that matches com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions is one of the big­gest ar­eas where yimby can ac­tu­ally help,” he said.

Mr Hen­dricks said yimby was not fo­cused on in­di­vid­ual build­ings or projects, but high­lighted a great “space, place or idea”.

“(Re­cent) in­ner city ur­ban re­newal un­locked parks and ur­ban spa­ces that peo­ple hadn’t seen be­fore, and also opened up her­itage build­ings and bits of lost Bris­bane, and that’s what we want to see,” he said.

WCG di­rec­tor and plan­ning man­ager Natalie Ray­ment said Bris­bane had a track record of out­stand­ing de­vel­op­ments, in­clud­ing Gas­works precinct at New­stead as well as re­cent and pro­posed de­vel­op­ments such as Howard Smith Wharves and South City Square at Wool­loongabba.

“De­vel­op­ment is any­thing but ad hoc. It is driven by the City Plan, a doc­u­ment pre­pared in con­junc­tion with the peo­ple of Bris­bane,” she said.

“It is mis­in­formed to say that devel­op­ers get to do what they like unchecked. The fact of the mat­ter is there is an ex­tremely rig­or­ous sys­tem in place that takes into ac­count ev­ery as­pect of de­vel­op­ment as well as fu­ture plan­ning.”

Mr Hen­dricks said res­i­dents could be in­volved in #yim­byqld.

“If peo­ple see some­thing they like and they want to en­cour­age, they should com­mu­ni­cate that whether it be on­line, or share with their friends, (or) there are progress as­so­ci­a­tions,” he said.

If peo­ple see some­thing they like and they want to en­cour­age, they should com­mu­ni­cate that MITCHELL HEN­DRICKS WOLTER CON­SULT­ING GROUP

LEAD­ING DE­VEL­OP­MENTS: Wolter Con­sul­tancy Group se­nior as­so­ciate Mitchell Hen­dricks at the Gas­works precinct in New­stead; Howard Smith Wharves (right) and South City Square (be­low), Wool­loongabba.

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