Under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) all local governments were previously required to include a Priority Infrastructure Plan (PIP) in their planning schemes. With the introduction of the Sustainable Planning (Infrastructure Charges) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (SPICOLA 2014), local governments are now required to include a Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) instead of a PIP.
An LGIP is that part of a planning scheme that identifies the local government's plans for trunk infrastructure that are necessary to service urban development at the desired standard of service in a coordinated, efficient and financially sustainable manner.
A grace period, starting from 4 July 2014 and ending 30 June 2016, or a later date ending before 1 July 2018 and approved by the Minister (the deadline), has been included in the legislation, during which time a local government planning scheme is not required to include an LGIP.
After the deadline local governments will be required to include an LGIP in their planning scheme if they intend to levy infrastructure charges or impose conditions for trunk infrastructure.
Local governments that do not intend to levy infrastructure charges or impose conditions for trunk infrastructure do not need to include an LGIP in their planning schemes.
Advice for extension of the LGIP deadline
Section of 997 of SPA prescribes the requirements for local governments to apply for an extension of the deadline to adopt an LGIP in their planning scheme. To assist local governments with the preparation of their applications for an extension of the LGIP deadline, the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning has prepared advice about how a local government should prepare and submit an application to the Planning Minister.
Purpose of a local government infrastructure plan
The purpose of an LGIP is to:
- integrate infrastructure planning with the land use planning identified in the planning scheme
- provide transparency regarding a local government's intentions for the provision of trunk infrastructure
- enable a local government to estimate the cost of infrastructure provision to assist its long term financial planning
- ensure that trunk infrastructure is planned and provided in an efficient and orderly manner
- provide a basis for the imposition of conditions about infrastructure on development approvals.
Infrastructure identified in a local government infrastructure plan
Infrastructure that the local government has determined to be trunk infrastructure is identified in an LGIP.
Development infrastructure is defined in the SPA and is limited to land and/or works for the following five networks that provide essential services for development:
- water supply
- public parks and land for community facilities.
Local government infrastructure plans - Statutory guidelines
The Queensland Government provides local governments with technical assistance to help them prepare their LGIPs. Available tools are included in:
This sets out the minimum requirements that must be followed by a local government for preparing or amending an LGIP, in accordance with section 117 of SPA.
Panel of pre-approved LGIP reviewers
The Queensland Government has appointed a panel of pre-approved LGIP Reviewers from which local government can identify and appoint a contractor to conduct an objective review of their draft LGIP in accordance with the provisions of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Statutory guideline - Making and amending local planning instruments and Statutory guideline - Local government infrastructure plans (or relevant provisions that apply under subsequent changes to the legislation).
Details of the panel are provided in the DILGP panel of pre-approved LGIP reviewers - Buyers guide (February 2017) ( 281 KB)
Only reviewers who have been appointed to the panel can be used. Local government will be directly responsible for identifying and appointing a reviewer from the panel without further involvement of the state.
The arrangement commenced on 1 September 2014 for an initial period of 12 months. At the discretion of the department, the appointment of a contractor to the panel may be extended in writing up to a total of three years from the date of commencement. The appointment of the current panel will expire on 31 August 2017 before which date a new panel will be appointed through a public procurement process.
Infrastructure planning, charges and fact sheets
Under the infrastructure planning and charging framework of SPA, there is a close relationship between the LGIP instrument and infrastructure charges. LGIPs for example form the basis to identify trunk infrastructure and impose conditions about infrastructure when local governments deal with development applications. Maximum infrastructure charges are set by the state through the State Planning Regulatory Provision (adopted charges). More information on infrastructure charges, tools and implementation fact sheets can be found in the resources section of this website.