New Sandgate Neighbourhood Plan to Be Adopted in 2023

The revised Sandgate Neighbourhood Plan is almost ready, and will be adopted in March 2023. Here are some changes coming to Sandgate and neighbouring suburbs once the amended plan becomes official.

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The Sandgate Neighbourhood Plan includes the suburbs of Sandgate, Deagon, Shorncliffe and Brighton. 

The plan received support from the Queensland Government with no changes required, after a huge majority of the LNP Council voted for the plan in November 2022. There were only seven from Greens, Labor, and independent councillors who voted against the revised plan.


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Lagoon St, Sandgate (Photo credit: Google Street View)

Sandgate, one of the oldest bayside villages in Brisbane, will undergo major changes as part of the new neighbourhood plan, as it would allow a maximum building height of five storeys for the Lagoon Street sub-precinct.

The draft amendment package also seeks to maintain and enhance the Sandgate centre as the primary centre for the area, providing a balance of commercial and residential development close to public transport. 


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Deagon railway station (Photo credit: R V/Google Maps)

Separated from Sandgate from a series of lagoons, Deagon is a residential suburb which has been selected as one of the focus of the neighbourhood plan.

Council has removed plans to rezone the area around Deagon railway station to low-medium residential (units and townhouses) after some residents raised their concerns regarding the plan.

The draft amendment package retains the Low-density residential zoning and Character residential zoning around the Deagon railway station.

Connaught St, located north of Deagon sports grounds will be retained to low impact industry zoning to support local employment and business opportunities in the area.


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Photo credit: Google Street View

Shorncliffe, which was once part of Sandgate, became a separate suburb in Brisbane in 1975.

Shorncliffe has been identified as one of the study areas having potential growth. The draft proposes character residential zoning in Shorncliffe to better protect traditional building character in the suburb.

The bayside suburb is home to many character homes or those built in 1946 or earlier. Many homes in Shorncliffe even have a history that dates back to the early 1900s. 


Photo credit: Mark Stewart/Google Maps

Brighton, an established area of low-density housing, was not included in the neighbourhood planning process. All current planning outcomes for Brighton are retained in the draft amendment package.

The draft Sandgate District Neighbourhood Plan became a subject of discussion in the last three years, after the initial plan suggested up to six storeys for Sandgate’s main street, Brighton Rd.  The draft plan was eventually revised after residents voiced their opposition. No major policy changes have been proposed to the suburb, based on the updated draft.

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To learn more about the Sandgate Neighbourhood Plan, visit Brisbane City Council’s website.

Sandgate District Neighbourhood Plan Now Up for Community Feedback

Did you know that the Sandgate District Neighbourhood Plan is currently being updated and community consultation will be open until June? Have your say!

The Sandgate District Neighbourhood Plan, which encompasses suburbs such as Sandgate, Deagon, Shorncliffe and Brighton, is a project dedicated to ensuring that Brisbane residents are close to the services they need to live the lifestyle they want. 

Photo credit: Brisbane City Council

The plan, which is currently in the draft phase, was prepared by the Brisbane City Council based on community feedback and technical reviews of the area. Current comments and suggestions as of May 2021 have led to the following plans for improvement:

With the new draft plan, opportunities will be provided for mixed industry and business uses in Rainbow St, and attempts will be made to balance the protection of low-density character properties with providing housing choice close to the Sandgate railway station. 

The draft neighbourhood plan proposes modifications to city plan overlays to protect commercial character buildings, heritage buildings, pre-1911 buildings and traditional buildings — all to preserve character and heritage in the area.

Photo credit: Brisbane City Council

One Facebook post by Councillor Jared Cassidy beseeched the Sandgate community to have their say by emailing the project team or attending planner sessions to share their input. He also encouraged locals to make submissions via their website, City Plan Online. Feedback will be closed on Monday the 21st of June 2021. 

Those interested in making their submissions and having their voices heard can follow the instructions listed in the Facebook post above. For more information, read about the Sandgate District Neighbourhood Plan via the Brisbane City Council’s website here.