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Online tool puts planning in your hands

Published: 3 February 2016

Online tool puts planning in your hands

Developers in the City of Logan now have a convenient online tool to estimate costs associated with infrastructure contributions to support new developments.

This new function is available in the Logan Interactive Mapping Tool and allows developers to understand the infrastructure charges associated with a proposed development before they commit to a project.

Infrastructure charges contribute towards the provision of public infrastructure, such as water, sewerage, stormwater and community facilities.

Council collects these charges to ensure these essential services can be provided in the right places, and at the right time, to support growing Logan communities.

Believed to be the first online infrastructure charges estimator designed for public use in Australia, the tool provides convenience and flexibility through an instant online estimate, saving a phone call or visit to Council during business hours.

Planning and Development Committee Chairperson, Councillor Cherie Dalley, said this latest innovation demonstrated Council’s commitment to improving the efficiency of planning in Logan.

“We want to make planning in Logan a transparent and user-friendly experience as much as we can and this new feature delivers on that,” Cr Dalley said.

“By answering one or two questions about the type of development they are proposing and the existing use of the site, our customers will be provided with an on-screen estimate of any applicable infrastructure charges.

“People expect to be able to access information in their own way and in their own time, so with this small innovation they now have the freedom to do that rather than having to organise a meeting or phone call with Council during work hours.”

Council’s latest planning innovation follows the release of an online tool in August last year that allows customers to identify the environmental values of a site and determine the cost of any proposed vegetation clearing, which contributes to rehabilitation of important environmental corridors across the city.

UDIA (Qld) President Brett Gillan said the Institute was supportive of programs and initiatives, such as the online infrastructure contribution tool, which increased transparency for the industry and community and provide greater certainty to inform investment decisions.

“Initiatives which reduce time and complexity associated with the development approvals process and add certainty to development feasibilities allow the industry to deliver diverse and affordable new housing and build better communities,” he said.

To find out more about the online tools, go to www.logan.qld.gov.au/planning-and-building/planning-and-development/logan-planning-scheme-interactive-mapping.