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Gold Coast Logan Branch review of LGIP

The Gold Coast Logan Branch made a submission on the Gold Coast Council’s Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) in mid-November outlining items it supports as well as those it would like further consideration given to.

The Institute supported the efforts of the council to provide infrastructure planning for the Coast. However, two key comments were:

  • population and dwelling projections should be reviewed in consultation with the development industry.  With the 2016 census now in, the dwelling assumptions and projections presently used are outdated and could undermine the future provision of well-planned and affordable housing
  • the Priority Infrastructure Area (PIA) growth horizon should be reviewed, including specific park and transport aspects and the opportunities for more efficient infrastructure delivery.

We supported the inclusion of water, sewerage, transport and parks/community facilities land trunk networks in the LGIP as well as council’s efforts to align the plan with its long term financial forecast.

Branch President Sean Sandford also said it was refreshing to see council commit to finding alternate revenue sources where infrastructure charges fall short of their expectations.

“The branch strongly supports finalising modern LGIPs and we welcomed the release of a draft by City of Gold Coast. 

“We believe that, in principle, detailed infrastructure planning and associated allocation of future funding is critical to providing the industry with greater certainty to enable the provision of diverse and affordable housing for the Gold Coast,” Mr Sandford said.

To read the branch’s submission in full, click here. Some of the key issues highlighted included:

  • Concern at the exclusion of the stormwater network from the draft LGIP
  • The PIA is not considered to accommodate an adequately long horizon of growth as it is too reliant on infill to meet housing needs. Also the assumed horizon of the LGIP is undermined as it will not effectively commence until 2018
  • 10 - 30% contingency and on costs for infrastructure are considered excessive even though within the LGIP preparation rules
  • The LGIP should respect all existing development approvals which have commenced
  • Industry input should be sought regularly, so that the planned densities, land use and yield provisions, infrastructure and development timeframes are more certain and respond to changing market situations
  • Additional population and dwelling projection work be undertaken to attempt to update and more closely identify future dwelling production
  • Specific parks provision and transport items be reviewed for efficiency of allocation
  • The LGIP should cover a period of 15 years to address the implementation delay and provide additional clarity around infrastructure planning and funding
  • More work be undertaken to understand the infrastructure requirements being driven the Planning Scheme over the longer-term. Having this visibility beyond a 15-year horizon for all Infrastructure Networks will ensure that Council can better understand any potential for efficiencies in infrastructure delivery and investment and to more dynamically adapt to changes in development outcomes that occur over time.

The branch was appreciative of the opportunity to provide feedback into this critical local government document and looks forward to a response from council.