HopgoodGanim partner leads review of Queensland’s planning system

5 March 2012

A partner from HopgoodGanim's award-winning Planning and Environment team has overseen the preparation of an industry-led reform paper, which makes 22 key recommendations to improve Queensland's complex planning system.

Spearheaded by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Qld), the largest professional property development member organisation in the State, Planning for Queensland's future makes recommendations covering various aspects of planning, including leadership and cultural change; state involvement in the plan making process; the preparation of state instruments; and pre-lodgement processes and meetings.

HopgoodGanim partner Sarah Persijn chairs the UDIA (Qld)'s 13-member Planning and Planning Governance Committee, which prepared the reform paper over a six- month period.

Ms Persijn says that the aim of the reform paper is to make recommendations for changes at both the micro and macro level to improve the State's planning system in tangible ways.

"The government and Queensland's development industry went through a significant reform process to introduce the Sustainable Planning Act in 2009. Rather than rewriting the legislation entirely, we're suggesting targeted reform to address some of the underlying concerns the industry has about Queensland's planning system."

Ms Persijn says that if the government focuses on the recommendations the reform paper makes, the State could see significant improvement to approval processes.

"The UDIA (Qld)'s Planning and Planning Governance Committee is comprised of 12 members from the Institute's diverse membership, including developers, financiers, lawyers, planners, engineers, consultants, materials suppliers, project marketers, real estate agents and government representatives.

"We also held workshops to garner the views of leaders within government bodies, including the Department of Local Government and Planning, the Urban Land Development Authority, the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, and the Major Projects Office.

"Because of this, the recommendations take into account the experience and valued insights of representatives from many different parts of Queensland's development industry."

Ms Persijn says that the head of HopgoodGanim's Planning and Environment practice and current Secretary of the UDIA (Qld), David Nicholls, was instrumental in forming the paper's recommendations related to infrastructure.

The reform paper will be provided to the Queensland Government and the Opposition, as well as local authorities.

Esther Cohen, Senior Communications Advisor
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