Visually appealing suburban streets with a range of housing choices will be encouraged under changes proposed to the Logan City Council Planning Scheme.

Requirements for developers to provide a variety of lot sizes and frontage widths are
among the proposed new measures that it is hoped will stimulate housing design
diversity.

The changes aim to deliver neighbourhoods where residents enjoy less design
duplication, improved streetscapes and easier access to amenities and services.

The existing ‘average lot size’ method of sub-division will be removed from the
Planning Scheme, based on research and community feedback in last year’s Logan
Housing Study.

‘Average lot size’ allowed for flood-prone land as well as land allocated to roads,
parks and easements to be included in determining the number of blocks on a subdivided site.

That resulted in some subdivisions where lots were smaller than had been
envisioned by potential buyers and the community.

Minimum lot sizes will apply under the proposed changes with a variety of block sizes
now required in developments of 10 or more lots.

The new rules propose that no more than three adjoining lots would have the same
frontage.

Other proposed changes to the Planning Scheme include two new ‘use’ codes
covering healthcare services and childcare centres in, or near, residential areas.
The new codes feature approval criteria that considers location, building design,
traffic volumes and the impact the service or centre might have on local amenity.

The proposed changes would not apply to any existing healthcare services or
childcare centres.

Planning Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven said it was important the city’s Planning
Scheme was regularly updated to reflect the needs of our changing and growing
community.

“These changes close loopholes that some developers have been using for years to increase their profits at the expense of our community,” Councillor Raven said.

“Getting rid of average lot sizes was one of the Mayor’s (Darren Power) first priorities
after getting elected and I’ve been working closely with staff to make that happen.

“Last year’s Housing Study told us that City of Logan residents want diversity and choices on how and where they live.

“I want to thank the community members who took the time to provide feedback
which helped us draft these proposed changes.

“The quality and volume of the responses shows how important it is for our Planning
Scheme to be a relevant, practical and a clear road map for the future of our city.”

There are also 65 ‘operational’ changes proposed to the Planning Scheme, many of which address issues raised by the community.

These include:

  • • New erosion and sediment control requirements to better manage the impacts of construction and minimise disturbance for neighbours
  • • Recycled concrete can be used in the construction of new roads, minimising environmental impact
  • • Removing the need for road-facing retaining walls to have coloured or textured finishes
  • • Limiting the number of shipping containers permitted on a property
  • • Expanding waste management requirements to ensure waste storage and collection does not impact residential amenity, including the option of communal bins in multi-dwelling developments
  • • Amendments to implement Council’s employment lands strategy which includes precincts of preferred land use within mixed zones and the optimisation of industrial zoned land to support jobs growth

The proposed changes to the Planning Scheme were presented at Committee today and now go to the next Ordinary Council meeting (Wednesday, April 28) to be adopted.

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