City planning committee chairwoman Krista Adams said council planning officers assessed DAs against the state’s Planning Act 2016 and the City Plan 2014.

“In accordance with the Planning Act, council can only refuse an application based on matters and submissions relevant to the assessment against the state government guidelines,” Cr Adams said.

Brisbane City Council development applications

Number of DAs lodged with Brisbane City Council

  • 2018-19 – 4201 (3089 full, 1112 modifications)
  • 2019-20 – 4183 (2901 full, 1288 modifications)

Number of DAs approved

  • 2018-19 – 3777 (2861 full, 916 modifications)
  • 2019-20 – 3845 (2699 full, 1146 modifications)

Number of DAs rejected

  • 2018-19 – 173 (133 full, 40 modifications)
  • 2019-20 – 134 (106 full, 28 modifications)

Number of rejected DAs approved through court appeals

Number of rejected DAs upheld through court appeals

“We always strive to achieve the best planning outcomes for our city and its residents to ensure Brisbane remains a great place to live, work and relax.”

In another instance, a long-running court appeal against council’s refusal to allow a 15-storey development over Red Hill’s Normanby Hotel was withdrawn by the developers and the proposal scrapped.

Conversely, residents or neighbours appealed against some developments that had been approved by council.

One such appeal was lodged by residents against a proposed childcare centre in Holland Park, which the planning court later dismissed.

Another appeal lodged by residents was against an approved development next to the Bulimba ferry terminal, which remains under appeal in the planning court.

Cr Adams said residents were “an important part of the planning process” and were always encouraged to make submissions on developments.

“When giving feedback, residents are just as vocal when they are in favour of a proposal as they are when they are against something. For example, a proposal decided in 2018-19 for 54 Serviceton Avenue, Inala, received 2343 submissions in favour,” Cr Adams said.

Council this year launched a new development planning website, Development.i, to replace the ageing PD Online site.

All Brisbane DAs can be tracked through the website, from submission to conclusion.

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