Logan City Council today endorsed a five-year project to create a new city plan.

The new Planning Scheme will be a blueprint for a sustainable future and will help manage and guide unprecedented growth across the City of Logan.

The project will be based on in-depth research done by Council and will be driven by extensive feedback from the community and other stakeholders.

The Logan Plan 2025 will address key planning areas including:

• growth management in established urban areas

• growth management in emerging suburbs

• best-practice design guidelines that encourage more interesting and appealing buildings

• best-practice flood risk management and other natural hazard preparations to protect the community

• the need for additional employment land to create a pipeline of jobs

• protecting and enhancing environmental values

The City of Logan population is expected to surge from the current 335,000 to more than 500,000 within 20 years.

Planning Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven said a new Planning Scheme was vital for one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.

“More than 10,000 people are moving here every year and more and more businesses are setting up a base in our city,” Councillor Raven said.

“Managing our growth effectively is critical and the 2025 Planning Scheme will ensure that the necessary infrastructure and services are delivered when and where they’re needed.

“We want people to enjoy living and working in our city which is why we will be consulting extensively with the community over the next two years.”

State Legislation requires Council to undertake at least one period of formal (statutory) public notification during the plan-making process.

To ensure maximum community feedback, Council will undertake an extra year of non-statutory consultation before any policy changes are considered.

The initial consultation, which will include workshops, forums and advisory sessions, will begin later this year.

“We want our community engagement on the new planning scheme to be fully inclusive and focussed on the best interests of the community, rather than particular individuals or groups,” Cr Raven said.

Formulating the new planning scheme will draw heavily on research recently conducted by Council.

This includes the extensive Logan Housing Study and the Logan Employment Lands Strategy.

The new plan will replace the Logan Planning Scheme 2015, which has undergone 30 amendments comprising of more than 320 items in the last six years.

As is the case with the existing planning scheme, the new scheme will not apply to the declared Priority Development Areas (PDA) at Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone.

These PDAs will continue to be subject to their own development schemes under the Queensland Government’s Economic Development Act 2012.

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