The Residential Block, Brisbane


Aside from the Aurora Tower, which is the tallest skyscraper in Brisbane at the moment, and other vertical residential blocks, Brisbanites can also chose to live in one of the horizontal residential blocks among the one hundred eighty-nine suburbs in Brisbane.

Horizontal residential blocks in the suburbs of Brisbane offer as many advantages to its inhabitants as the tall residential buildings do to its occupants, who chose vertical residences due to their proximity to the business center and the general cosmopolitan lifestyle attached

to residing in one. Aside from owning bigger spaces and being able to enjoy a quieter atmosphere, inhabitants of suburban residential blocks have more community facilities for

their sports, recreation and other activities.

Together with their councils, inhabitants of residential blocks in the suburbs endeavor to ensure the development and management of parks and gardens for their and their pets’ enjoyment. Most suburbs also have community halls, bikeways, walk trails, pools and other sports facilities that help residents lead healthier lives that are still deeply connected to the environment and the people around them.

These and other developments in neighborhoods are governed by Brisbane’s City Plan

2000. This legal document contains guidelines on the where, what and how of adding developments in the suburbs. It takes into account the State Integrated Planning Act of 1997.

Planned developments must go through the process of approval by the Brisbane City Council who evaluates the project’s location and environmental impact. This process ensures that whatever developments are to be done in the suburbs, its impact on the rest of the community will be carefully studied and considered.

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In cases where compliance with City Plan codes is not as cut-and-dried, the affected community is even asked for their stand on the proposed development. They are kept abreast of major developments. Information are usually posted on the property, published in the local paper or sent

through letters to the inhabitants in the neighborhood.

All of this is to ensure that everyone is involved in the safeguarding of the quality of life and environment of the Brisbanites. Not only as a group,

individual inhabitants are also involved in projects that guard the air, land and water conditions of their communities through personal lifestyle changes

that they have learned affect other people’s lives. They are given tips and information on how to live sustainably by planting trees and gardens; saving water, power and other resources; managing their solid waste and recycling.

Inhabitants of residential blocks are also given incentives, such as home rebates and community grants for their community involvement and show of

good citizenship.