Baylands One Planet Review
The Sustainability Framework is the product of the City of Brisbane’s five year long effort initiated in 2009, and is the City’s negotiating tool for the Baylands to ensure the project is a sustainable development. The City’s website states “the City Council formed a Baylands Sustainability Committee to prepare the Draft Baylands Sustainability Framework, which is organized around the ten One Planet Living principles developed by BioRegional.” Bioregional is a non-profit organization based in the United Kingdom which studies how to make communities and development projects more sustainable. Bioregional developed ten base principles for sustainable living which are known as the One Plant Living model. These ten principles are:
Due to this sustainable model, Bioregional has achieved worldwide acclaim and is one of the most globally respected environmental charities; it is for this reason that the City of Brisbane chose the One Planet Living model for its Sustainability Framework and asked UPC to conform to its guidelines. Thus, UPC commissioned a report from Bioregional to better understand what would be required to meet the criteria that Brisbane asked for.
On July 11th of this year the Mayor and members of the City Council of Brisbane were presented with a report from Bioregional, which detailed the conclusions of the analysis of three possible development scenarios for the Baylands. Bioregional used its One Planet Living Model to analyze each development option across the following local, regional and planetary sustainability criteria: The three development options considered by Bioregional to see if they would align with the One Plant Living model are: the Developer Sponsored Plan (aka, the Brisbane Baylands), the Community Preferred Plan, and the Renewable Energy Alternative plan.
The non-profit concluded that although no proposal perfectly aligned with the sustainable living model and community needs, that “an option that effectively maximizes housing will go the furthest toward reaching local, regional and even planetary needs.” According to Bioregional, an optimal One Planet Living proposal would include 7,000 new housing units near transit which would reduce traffic congestion, reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent, and save $250 a week on transportation costs. The organization also recommends that the City of Brisbane and UPC work together to find the best solution for them and UPC made it clear in the report given to the City Council that they wholeheartedly welcomed such collaboration.
We encourage you to reach out to the Council and ask them to please support housing on the Baylands:
brisbanebaylands.com/GetInvolved. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.