Logan land up for grabs
Published: 12 July 2018
Logan City Council will boost the number of available 'market-ready' low and medium-impact industrial land parcels to help meet continued growth.
It follows Council reports on trends affecting industrial development and an analysis the city’s ‘employment lands’ – areas zoned as 'Centre', 'Low impact industry', 'Medium impact industry', 'Mixed use', 'Community facilities' and 'Specialised centre'.
While Logan has sufficient employment lands to handle projected employment growth until 2041, both technical studies found an oversupply of mixed-use lands and an undersupply of 'market-ready' low impact and medium-impact industrial land.
Planning & Economic Development Committee Chair, Councillor Russell Lutton, said the results of the studies would inform a new Next Generation Employment Lands Strategy.
Cr Lutton said the next step in developing the strategy was to seek input from industry to help assess the performance of industry lands.
“This stage also includes a review of mixed-use lands,” Cr Lutton said.
“We proactively went out and investigated industrial land use as we want to ensure we are getting the balance right so Logan’s economic growth can continue to flourish.
“We found the mixed-use zone allows for too many uses, with industry suggesting this adds complexity and discourages investment.
“There is a need to work with industry to review, readjust and restore a high performing ’market-ready’ industrial land bank that is responsive to changes that are already occurring.
“So we will work with industry on this, and develop a Next Generation Employment Lands Strategy, which will include an implementation program and key indicators to measures success.”
The key goal of the strategy is to ensure that the City of Logan has sufficient employment land to support job creation in line with projected population growth.
Specific focus is given to the creation of higher value jobs.
Industrial land use in Logan is thriving, with Zarraffa’s recently moving their headquarters to the city, joining several companies that have major distribution centres in and around the city.
Paccar Parts, a truck parts provider for Kenworth and DAF vehicles, recently established a new distribution centre alongside Logan Australand, Energex and Sigma Pharmaceuticals at Logan’s SouthWest1 in Berrinba.