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Tips to building on a slope


Songbirds’ approach to design is far from what most experience in new communities. The natural shape of the land has created homesites that feature varying degrees of incline and undulation – a gift as there will be no two homes the same, only slope-responsive designs that span across a true mix of lot shapes and sizes. This will guarantee an appealing level of distinction and personality, but also allow for greater flexibility and individuality to shine through each residence.

To achieve these design outcomes and protect the vision for Songbird, Economic Development Queensland have developed detailed Design Guidelines. These guidelines stipulate the mandatory requirements for specific lots that home designs will need to achieve and have approved prior to building.

Below are some tips to help you create your bespoke design and move through the design approval process as seamlessly as possible.


Allotments fall into three main categories when designing in response to slope: down slope, up slope and cross slope.

Different slope types have different design requirements including cut and fill, which will help to inform the design of your home.

The slope type for your lot is illustrated below:


Provide your chosen home designer with the full version of the Design Guidelines and refer them to the page that talks about your slope type.

Page 13 for down slope, page 14 for up slope and page 15 for cross slope allotments.


These pages detail the mandatory requirements that all home designs must comply with to receive design approval. The disclosure plan for your lot will also detail the contours and considerations for construction.



When you receive your house designs, cross check the below items to ensure they meet the design requirements of your slope type:

  • cut and fill
  • retaining walls
  • visual connectivity between your home façade and the street
  • views to the undercroft of your home
  • building height


Up slope allotments may require additional stability analysis approved by a RPEQ Geotechnical Engineer prior to works commencing, where additional building loads and slope modifications are required, based on the home design.

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