Density and Diversity Done Well – with tiny houses of course!

At last!! We can now reveal the entry that we prepared for the Density and Diversity Done Well competition! This competition was a joint initiative of the Queensland Department for Infrastructure Local Government and Planning and the Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland, with the endorsement of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning…

The traffic congestion funnel

I was driving along the M1 (Gateway Motorway) on the weekend, through the road widening works between Nudgee and Deagon, despairing at the number of trees (including some very large old ones) that have been removed in order to create additional lanes. Less trees for more cars…sigh I was hoping someone could explain to me…

Biophilic Design Elements

Bio-what? The latin roots of the word biophilia are “bio” for ‘living things’ and “philia” for ‘attraction’ (as opposed to phobias for aversions). So the term “biophilia” means “love of life or living systems”. The hypothesis of biophilia was popularized by Edward O. Wilson in his book, Biophilia (1984) where he defined it as “the human urge…

Veteran Trees

Do you know that it takes between 150 and 200 years before a tree is old enough to create suitable hollows for galahs and rosellas? A couple of weeks ago, Rikki and I had the opportunity to attend the Veteran and Scar Trees workshop organised by the Wildlife Conservation Partnership Program (WCPP). Under the WCPP,  private…

Autumn Newsletter 2017

Plans, plans and plans – the many changes to the planning and building environment in Queensland State planning legislation Last year the Queensland State government introduced the new Planning Act 2016 which will come in force on 3 July this year. As part of these changes, subordinate statutory documents are also being updated and some…

Brisbane City Council’s proposed changes to Biodiversity Areas Overlay

Brisbane City Council has been working on a package of amendments to the planning scheme (City Plan 2014). The amendments include proposed changes to the workings of the Biodiversity areas overlay as follows: Key Points Developments within a mapped Koala habitat area that cannot satisfy the Acceptable Outcomes will have a harder time to show…

Have your say on changes to Queensland’s planning system

Last year the Queensland State government introduced a new Planning Act which will come in force on 3 July this year. As part of these changes, subordinate statutory documents are also being updated and some are currently out for public consultation: The Planning Regulations which elaborate on the workings of some aspects of the Act…

Flutter, flutter

Have you noticed the thousands of white butterflies fluttering around Brisbane these last few days. They are Caper White Butterflies (Belenois java), a species which migrates (although not annually) from western Queensland to the south-east. They migration tends to coincide with the first heatwave of the season. They are named after the host plant species…

Busy weekend!

Saturday 15 October was a busy day for esc Consulting! Rikki attended the Community Coffee event with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad at West End and had the opportunity to discuss appropriate development and provision of affordable housing within the area. It was a great opportunity to offer comment and support for better design and community planning…