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Council online estimator named nation’s best

Published: 17 May 2016

Council online estimator named nation’s best
(l-r) Growth Management and Urban Design Manager Anthony Jones, Crs Russell Lutton and Lisa Bradley, with Environment and Sustainability Manager Ricardo Martello with the PIA award.

A tool that gives residents, developers and Council the ability to easily estimate the environmental cost of removing important vegetation has been named the nation’s best improvement in planning processes and practices at the 2016 Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) national awards on Thursday, 12 May.

Created in partnership with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and Ozius Spatial, the online estimator allows both Council and developers to estimate the cost of environmental offsets prior to lodging development applications.

Health, Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson, Councillor Lisa Bradley, said the estimator helped streamline applications while ensuring transparency for all parties.

“The Logan Planning Scheme provides strong protections for Logan’s environmental assets, however sometimes clearing is unavoidable,” she said.

“This free online tool allows developers from small mum-and-dad investors right through to complex multi-million dollar projects estimate charges to offset any clearing of environmentally significant vegetation.

“It’s important that all parties can see the same information before lodging development applications - Council wants to provide certainty and transparency in development processes for all parties.”

Planning and Development Committee Chair, Councillor Russell Lutton said the Logan Planning Scheme has been positively received by planning professionals and the community alike.

“The Logan Planning Scheme reflects the State Government’s best practice in planning and development, and has been operational for nearly a year now,” he said.

“It’s great to see innovations such as the offsets calculator being recognised by the industry.”

All funds raised through environmental offsets are used to further conservation, rehabilitation and other environmental work in the City of Logan.

To view the estimator, and find out more, visit the interactive planning map at http://www.loganinteractivemapping