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Council plans for projected 432,000 residents by 2031

Published: 31 January 2019

Council plans for projected 432,000 residents by 2031

Logan’s growing communities will have critical infrastructure delivered in line with their rate of expansion thanks to planning initiatives to manage the city’s strong growth.

Planning and Economic Development chairperson Councillor Russell Lutton said the State Government had recently updated its long-term growth projections for Logan, estimating the city would accommodate 432,000 residents by 2031.

Logan’s population was estimated to be around 320,600 in 2017, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Cr Lutton said council was prepared for the boom with planning projects in place to ensure growth was manageable for new and existing communities in Logan.

“The Queensland Government’s latest projections are up 22,000 on their previous estimates, and it’s a sign that our growth is continuing to be strong,” Cr Lutton said.

“We’re ready for it. We’ve started two new infrastructure planning projects which ensure the planning and delivery of infrastructure is more closely aligned with the actual rate of growth and revenue we’ve gained from infrastructure contributions.

“These projects will ensure our existing and new communities will have critical trunk infrastructure such as local roads, parks, storm water, wastewater and community facilities when they need it.”

Logan’s expanding population was on the Planning and Economic Development committee agenda, with a report detailing the need for Council to provide the State Government with an updated Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) in 2022 to meet statutory requirements.

Cr Lutton said the new LGIP would be incorporated into the Logan Planning Scheme in May 2022, but in the meantime an interim LGIP would be adopted by the end of this year.

“The interim LGIP will ensure that until 2022, critical trunk infrastructure is being budgeted for specifically in response to existing developments that are in the approval stage,” he said.

Council is expected to endorse a draft interim LGIP in October ahead of planned community consultation in November.