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Brisbane city council’s traditional building character overlay prohibits demolition of any dwelling built before 1947 in a bid to ‘maintain traditional character’. Planning laws that preserve most prewar Brisbane homes are “tantamount to exclusionary zoning”, keeping poor people out of rich suburbs without substantially preserving the city’s built heritage, according to new research.
The lead author, Rachel Gallagher, said the city’s character-zoning laws were justified as a means to preserve heritage – but in reality prevent higher-density housing being built in some of the city’s most desirable suburbs such as Chelmer, Morningside, Ashgrove, Paddington, Bulimba and Bardon.