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Concern raised over Local Government Infrastructure Plans

Local Government Infrastructure Plans (LGIP) form an important element of our infrastructure development framework, and they are important to the viability of development projects across Queensland. 

In coordination with each branch, the Institute has been preparing responses to draft LGIPs as part of the public consultation periods. During the review and response to draft LGIPs across Queensland, we've identified an emerging and significant issue with some LGIPs which threaten to undermine the delivery of affordable housing across the State. 

Our concern is that some local governments have omitted important areas under development or areas which are likely to be developed within the next decade from the Priority Infrastructure Areas (PIA) of LGIPs.  These omissions exclude these areas from arrangements related to the provision of infrastructure, and this causes a disconnect between land use and infrastructure planning.  It’s likely that the omissions will result in extra payment conditions being imposed by the local government, leaving the developer responsible for the provision of infrastructure servicing without assurances of refunds.  The flow on effect of this is likely to have  implications on housing choice, housing affordability, and constraining land supply, and this could add additional cost to housing.

In addition to the exclusion of significant areas from the PIA, some LGIPs also indicate timing of development within PIAs at variance to actual development timing.  This also exposes development to additional payment conditions.

It is important that LGIPs include fair and reasonable infrastructure planning for the prescribed 10 to 15 year time horizon. 

The Institute has included our concerns in our response to each LGIP, and we have written to the Deputy Premier to communicate the severity of this issue. 

We will keep members updated on our concern over some LGIPs via future Member Alerts. We welcome your feedback and comments. Please contact the Institute’s Policy Manager, Martin Zaltron at mzaltron@udiaqld.com.au.