The Brisbane City Council adopted the City Centre Neighbourhood Plan on 14 February 2017. This brought about consequential changes to the Brisbane City Plan 2014 which were also adopted by the council. The plan will take effect on 24 March 2017.
The plan centres on the concept of "buildings that breathe". This is a response to the sub-tropical climate that Brisbane experiences and importantly, the plan focusses on orientation, outdoor spaces, daylight, ventilation, shade and protection, living greenery, identity, and a reduction in energy and waste.
The area that comprises the 'city centre' is anticipated to experience a significant growth period over the next 20 years which will include an increased demand for shopping, residential and commercial office space in the CBD to the tune of approximately 800,000 square metres of additional floor space. This could mean another 50 towers to be constructed in the area. The 'city centre' encompasses the central business district of Brisbane which includes the Roma Street Parkland and City Botanic Garden precincts, extending to the top of Queen Street and down to Quay Street.