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Proposed review of Planning Regulations

UDIA Queensland has just submitted its first comments in a letter to the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP) as it reviews State Government's proposed amendments to the Planning Regulations. Through this collaboration, the Institute intends to improve upon what it already considers to be a strong effort.

The letter addresses three key issues with the draft changes:

Firstly, the Institute's strong support for the direction of the infrastructure transparency proposals.

  • The proposals will help inform communities of the benefits of new development
  • Reforms will allow the public and developers to engage with local governments on how charges are spent on trunk infrastructure.

Secondly, recommendation to reconcile the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) Schedule of Works (SOW) against the local government's capital works budget and developer-provided infrastructure.

  • This would give an indication of how existing projects fit into the larger infrastructure goals of the local government.
  • Would provide status information about key deliverables in works programs, as well as recording when the scope of projects change or an element becomes redundant.
  • Provides a more accurate record of costs to local government for providing trunk infrastructure.

Finally, acceptance that some detailed information at the “Infrastructure Charges Notice (ICN) and Register (ICR)” stages may be simpler to produce initially.

  • Rather than include the information on Notices for specific trunk infrastructure, charges could reflect more abstract future plans, or perhaps the amounts shared to existing and future catchments.

More comments to come from the Institute as time progresses. For further details, please contact Martin Zaltron, Manager of Policy via on 07 3229 1589.