The Queensland Government has put out a call to industry to submit housing project proposals to its new streamlined approvals process, which is designed to speed up the development of new homes. 

Led by the government’s new State Facilitated Development team, this new process will prioritise fast-tracking developments that align with state priorities, including diverse and affordable housing. 

Projects featuring affordable housing, especially for low to moderate income households, will receive top priority. 

This comes after the State Facilitated Development team pathway was cemented through the Housing Availability and Affordability (Planning and Other Legislation Amendment) Bill 2023

Queensland Minister for Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works, Meaghan Scanlon, said that the State Government is making it quicker and easier to build more affordable, quality homes faster in the right locations, near services and transport. 

“This new team wants to explore all proposals to deliver housing that meets the diverse needs of Queenslanders,” Minister Scanlon said. 

Planning Institute of Australia’s (PIA) Queensland and Northern Territory State Manager, Nicole Bennetts, said that strong population growth is expected to continue in Queensland, which – when combined with smaller household sizes – means demand for affordable and diverse housing will remain high, well into the future.

“Good planning is part of the solution to facilitate more well-located affordable and diverse housing that meet the needs of the community,” Ms Bennetts said. 

“PIA has been pleased to contribute to the entry criteria for the State facilitated DA pathway with Government, to ensure it focuses on unlocking more of the housing we need.

“PIA supports this pathway as an opportunity to bring forward innovative housing developments which deliver diverse and different forms of housing.

“By using this pathway to demonstrate density done well in the right locations, we believe the community will feel the benefits of this initiative in their neighbourhoods.”

Villawood CEO, Alan Miller, said that Villawood has been in talks with the State Government about cutting red tape to fast-track development applications that deliver diverse and affordable housing.

“We’re very keen to see new legislation that prescribes affordable housing for buyers of limited income and we have projects ready to roll with this proviso,” Mr Miller said. 

“We see the State Facilitated Development team as a meaningful and positive initiative to deliver new and innovative forms of housing for Queenslanders.

“Villawood looks forward to ongoing involvement with the team across our Queensland projects.”

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1 Comment
  1. Garry O'Dell 1 month ago

    What are the mechanisms to turn an approval into timely construction?

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