Qld Greens announce plans for local citizen juries and binding community votes

Local residents could soon be drafting their own neighborhood plans under a new Queensland Greens policy.

The party announced their plan for a major overhaul of Queensland’s planning system on Thursday, saying if they’re elected next election they will “introduce citizen juries and binding community votes to draft neighbourhood plans, make building height limits non-negotiable and introduce mandatory requirements for trees and green space.”

They also revealed plans to “roll back Labor’s provision that allowed developers to choose their own assessors.”


Queensland Greens candidate for McConnel, Kirsten Lovejoy said that at the moment, “residents feel like they’ve lost control of their neighbourhoods.”

“While development can be fantastic for an area, what we’re seeing at the moment is unsustainable and undemocratic,” Ms Lovejoy said.

“We can’t let property developers dictate how our communities are built.”

Ms Lovejoy said The Greens will “introduce real democracy into the planning system” by trialing citizen juries and community voting on neighbourhood plans to “give people a real say in how their neighbourhoods are built.”

Under the trial, neighbourhood plans would be drafted by a panel of residents randomly selected from the community with assistance from architects and town planners.

“We’ll ensure equality of participation by paying people for their time,” Ms Lovejoy emphasised.

Under the policy, Councils would still have to approve the neighbourhood plans but communities would have the final say through a direct, binding vote.