The rejection follows efforts by the council to seek a permanent change to planning legislation that would ban townhouses and apartment blocks on properties greater than 3000 square metres in low density-zoned residential suburbs.
Residents of Morningside lodged 30 submissions all protesting the planned development, citing parking, neighbourhood amenity and the council’s own announced commitment to maintaining the big backyard feeling of suburbs.
City planning chairman Matthew Bourke said the council rejected the application after concerns raised by the council’s officers were not sufficiently addressed.
“The scale of this proposed development was not consistent with the amenity, character and community expectation of this site,” Cr Bourke said.
“The proposal also conflicted with the zoning of the site and failed to meet requirements surrounding communal open space, setbacks and planting.»
Cr Bourke said stopping the «cookie-cutter townhouse development» helped protect the Brisbane backyard.
“The development in its proposed form would have severely impacted on residential amenity,» he said.
“Council is taking action to stop townhouses in areas zoned for single homes, which was called for by residents during the Plan Your Brisbane consultation.”