Vegetation in Urban Development Areas has been identified as controlled vegetation because it satisfies one or more of the following criteria:
- maintains biodiversity values
- helps preserves natural landforms
- contributes to the character of the landscape
- has historical, cultural heritage or amenity values to the public.
Click on the below links to view the Bowen Hills, Northshore Hamilton or Fitzgibbon maps of Controlled Vegetation:
Vegetation identified as controlled vegetation falls into one of the following categories:
- Waterway vegetation (WAV)
- Wetland vegetation (WEV)
- Significant landscape trees (SLT)
- Significant native vegetation (SNV)
- Vegetation protection order (SPO)
- Vegetation protection order – individual tree (VPOIT)
- Valued urban vegetation (VUV). These categories are defined below.
The vegetation can comprise of:
- a particular tree or plant
- a particular group of trees or plants
- vegetation of a particular species in a part of the area
- all vegetation in a part of the area.
Vegetation is means trees, plants and all other organisms of vegetable origin, whether living or dead including their root zone.
Root zone is the zone of the soil and roots described by the vertical projection of the foliage limit of the tree, to the depth of 1 metre and including buttress roots on and above the soil surface.
Categories of vegetation
Significant Landscape Trees – this category protects trees that are defined as significant landscape trees, refer to map layer SLT.
Protected Significant Landscape Trees are:
- Ficus-benjamina, obliqua, platypoda, microcrapa var.hillii, bengaliensis, macrophylla, religiosa, virens, watkinsiana (Fig Trees) with a trunk diameter 100 cm or larger
- Mangifera indica (Mango) with a trunk diameter 80 cm or larger
- Delonix regia (Poinciana) with a trunk diameter 80 cm or larger
- Jacaranda mimosifolia (Jacaranda) with a trunk diameter 80 cm or larger
- Araucaria cunninghamii (Hoop Pine) with a trunk diameter 60 cm or larger
- Araucaria bidwillii (Bunya Pine) with a trunk diameter 60 cm or larger
- Agathis robusta (Queensland Kauri Pine) with a trunk diameter 60 cm or larger
- Eucalyptus tereticornis (Forest Red Gum) 60 cm trunk diameter or larger
- Eucalyptus microcorys (Tallow Wood) 60 cm trunk diameter or larger
- Eucalyptus racemosa (Scribbly Gum) 60 cm trunk diameter or larger. Measurements are conducted at a point 1 meter above the natural ground level.
Significant Native Vegetation – this category identifies properties in areas where native vegetation communities remain relatively intact, e.g. bushland acreage areas. Refer to map layer SNV. However, there are exemptions for pruning your garden, mowing pastures, pruning trees around your house.
Valued Urban Vegetation – this category protects all vegetation (native and non-native) of landscape character or cultural/historical significance growing on properties identified by the VUV map layer. This includes all mature trees e.g. large mango trees, figs, gum trees and other trees, which are visible throughout the neighbourhood, including from a public place e.g. a road or park.
Vegetation Protection Order – the vegetation protection order (VPO) protects areas like valuable melaleuca forests and remnant rainforest communities, which are so fragile that damaging any of the vegetation could mean threatening an entire ecosystem. The loss of vegetation, including the understorey, may threaten the long-term survival of wildlife species. This category protects all trees, shrubs, groundcover and vines in a particular area. This includes the protection of dead material, such as a dead tree or hollow log where animals may roost or nest. Refer to map layer VPO.
Vegetation Protection Order individual trees – the vegetation VPOIT category protects the trunk, branches, foliage and roots of individually significant trees. This may even include dead trees as some of the most important bird and possum nests are found in dead trees. Refer to map layer VPOIT.
Waterway Vegetation – this category protects vegetation in waterway corridors, including the Brisbane River corridor where relevant. Refer to map layer WAV.
Wetland Vegetation – this category protects vegetation in wetland areas, refer to map layer WEV.
An original decision is a decision taken as part of a Controlled Vegetation Notice, Permit Decision Notice, Change Permit Conditions Notice, Permit Suspension or Cancellation Notice, Management Notice, Oral Compliance Direction Notice, and Compliance Notice. An application for review of an original decision must be made within 20 business days receiving the original decision.
The form for submitting an application to review an original decision can be found in the forms section on the Development assessment of priority development areas webpage.