In recent times the Mayor and some councillors have claimed that the State Government has directed Redland City Council to make plans for the City’s population to increase by 50,000 over the next 25 years.
In the Council’s news release about public access to the Draft City Plan, Councillor Julie Talty was quoted as saying:
The State Government has asked us to find room for an estimated additional 50,000 people and 26,000 new homes between now and 2041 and this draft plan focuses development in existing residential areas rather than new green field sites.
We go looking for the facts
Redlands2030 asked the Council to point to the actual request from the State Government referred to in the statement by Cr Talty.
Eventually, we received this response from the Council’s Acting CEO.
Council is required to appropriately integrate State interests including the State Planning Policy and relevant regional plan into a proposed planning scheme.
The Planning Minister in signing off on the draft planning scheme for public notification, is required to have considered whether the proposed planning scheme satisfactorily integrates State interests.
Under the State Planning Policy – Liveable Communities and Housing, the State’s interest in housing supply and diversity is to ensure sufficient land and housing stock is available in appropriate locations to support development and to meet the diverse needs of different sections of the community. Council commissioned the Redlands Land Supply Review 2014 as a key input into the new planning scheme to align with the SEQ Regional Plan Review planning horizon of 2041.
Using Queensland Treasury and Trade population and dwelling forecasts, the analysis indicated that the City can accommodate the number of dwellings required to house the forecast population, while noting this would require a shift in the form of dwellings and locations this population will wish to reside in. Community consultation was undertaken on the draft report during July and August before the report was finalised. The Redlands Land Supply Review 2014 report is on Council’s City Plan 2015 website.
The planning horizon is a mandatory component under the Queensland Planning Provisions: Section 3.4 Strategic outcomes and is set for the period of the relevant regional plan, or for a period of at least 25 years. The 2041 timeframe was confirmed with the State Government at the outset of drafting.
In her letter of 20 August 2015 to the Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government, Infrastructure and Planning, Jackie Trad MP confirmed that she is satisfied the relevant State interests have been integrated and advised Council may now consult on the proposed planning scheme.
Fact or fiction?
The response provided to Redlands2030 by the Council reads like a very roundabout way of saying that the State Government has not actually asked or directed Redland City Council to adopt any particular population target.
Instead, it appears that the Council devised the population targets (with reference to State Government forecasts) and they have been approved, for public consultation, by the State Government.
Since Redlands hasn’t been specifically directed or asked to plan for housing 50,000 more people, there is plenty of scope for residents to question the amount of development which the Council has chosen to provide for in its Draft City Plan.
Submissions to the Council about its Draft City Plan are due by 27 November 2015.
Here are links to the: