The future of urban Brisbane

Have you ever wondered who approved all those shiny, new office buildings in the CBD? About the person who advocated to subdivide the lot next door to build an extra house on it? Or the person working with your neighbours to develop council's new community development plan?

For the most part, the person coordinating these projects would be an Urban Planner (or Town/Regional Planner).  On Tuesday, 7 February, we welcomed Ben Weaver, Assoc. Director at Urbis (the company whose office we meet in) and member of the Rotary Club of Brisbane High-Rise to speak at our meeting and share a snapshot of his life as an Urban Planner.  

We learnt there are two general streams of planning, strategic (think long term planning)

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and statutory (development approval planning).

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Both must accommodate a vast array of subject matter including transport, heritage, social and community development and environmental planning matters in decision making processes.  

From Ben we learnt that life as a planner is varied and never boring.  He also shared an overview of some of the major projects Urbis are currently working on in Brisbane, like the Queens Wharf and Howard Smith Wharves developments.  It was exciting to see how the CBD is set to change in the coming years and decades.

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