Logan’s list points to planning evolution
Published: 9 December 2015
More than 175 changes to Logan’s planning scheme are being considered by Council, six months after the new planning scheme was formally endorsed.
Planning and Development Committee Chairperson, Councillor Cherie Dalley, said the list of changes demonstrated Council’s new approach to planning in the City of Logan was a success.
“One of the great myths about planning schemes is that they are static documents that only change every 10 years or so,” Cr Dalley said.
“In reality, planning schemes are fluid documents that regularly change because each planning matter presents its own unique set of questions and challenges.
“The planning scheme needs to be flexible enough to answer those questions and meet those challenges.
“That’s why Council endorsed the Logan Planning Scheme Evolution Framework in October.
“The Evolution Framework provides a process for Council to review the planning scheme every six months so that we can be sure its remains current and reflects community expectations for how development and growth in the city is managed.”
Cr Dalley said Council had kept a register of comments and suggestions made by the community, planning professionals and its own staff for improving the planning scheme since May this year.
To date, the register has tallied 176 items for Council to investigate.
Cr Dalley said while the majority of the proposed changes were minor in nature, major changes to the planning scheme through the Evolution Framework process would still require public consultation and, in some instances, review from the State Government too.
“Amendments to the planning scheme could be made for a number of reasons, from fixing typographical errors in the planning scheme itself to introducing minor changes that provide consistency on things like setbacks from roads or clarifying exemptions for land clearing,” she said.
“For example, one of the amendments we have supported during this review was to make minor food related businesses that operate from home self-assessable.
“Home-based businesses that involve food preparation, such as cake decorating, currently require a development application.
“Changing them to be self-assessable will mean anyone who wants to start a home-based food business does not have to lodge a development application with Council.
“We don’t believe development applications are needed for this type of business in the City of Logan.
“So it’s a good example of an amendment that has cut red tape by removing the burden on people to lodge unnecessary paperwork with Council as well as freeing up time for our staff to focus on more complex planning applications.”
To find out more about the Logan Planning Scheme or to provide feedback, please visit http://www.logan.qld.gov.au/planning-and-building/planning-and-development/logan-planning-scheme