A new City Centre Neighbourhood Plan for Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD) will add an estimated 50 towers over the next 20 years, due to launch on Friday, 24 March.

The plan, constructed by the Brisbane City Council, builds off the 2014 Brisbane City Centre Master Plan and details how it hopes to expand the CBD to include five new precincts.

There is set to be a retail precinct, a river precinct to improve public access to the riverfront,

a Queens Wharf precinct for priority resort development, a Quay Street precinct on the city fringe for residential dwellings, and a Howard Smith Wharves precinct, set to become a high quality riverfront destination with better parklands and event facilities.

Intended to create ‘vibrant, high quality, and pedestrian-scale streetscapes’ and ‘accommodate growth and economic development,’ the City Centre is set to grow due to public demand for around 800, 000 square metres within the next 20 years.

This significant development of infrastructure in the CBD is predicted to increase public transport journeys into the city by 80 per cent, and double the amount of trips pedestrians make there.

The City Centre Neighbourhood Plan implements ideas from the 2014 Brisbane City Centre Master Plan, which aims to deliver strategies to improve future development, transport, and public space investors in Brisbane City.