Logan could grow by an additional 56,000 dwellings in the next 15 years, with more than $18 billion in government-funded infrastructure projects planned for the city.
The City of Logan has launched its Housing Study, the first step in a three-stage strategy for the south-east Queensland district, located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
A number of factors are driving residential development potential, including declared priority development areas at Yarrabilla—a 2,200-hectare site—and a 7,188-hectare Greater Flagstone site, part of which Peet Limited was given approval to develop last year.
Meanwhile, in the surrounding area, Golden Gate Property has kicked off a $130 million residential project; CFMG Capital has acquired a large development site and a $460 million Logan Hospital revamp is also on the cards.
The entire Logan City Council was sacked last year over fraud and corruption allegations.
The new housing study provides the new council with options for higher-density development around transport corridors.
Since 2010, annual residential dwelling approvals have increased by 77 per cent, nearing 4000.
The City of Logan is now home to more than 334,358 residents with a growth rate of 1.9 per cent; by 2041 as many as 586,000 people are expected to live in the city.
Potential for residential development in Logan by 2036
^ Source: City of Logan Housing Study 2020
The study found that affordable choices for housing and high availability have attracted families to the area from other parts of Queensland and as far afield as New Zealand.
Other findings include the fact that nearly a quarter of residents—23 per cent—are 14 years or younger, with a further 12 per cent of the population in the 15 to 24 age bracket, 63 per cent of whom are still living at home.
The median weekly rent for a three-bedroom house is $350 and the majority of families live in stand-alone homes with double garages.
City of Logan mayor Darren Power said the results of the study allow council to set a strategic vision that meets the expectations of the community as they look towards their 2025 planning scheme.
“Families are flocking to our booming new residential developments, our established suburbs are being re-energised and we have also seen growth in the traditional Logan rural-residential lifestyle,” Power said.
“The contents of this study will now help shape our housing strategy to establish best-practice policy options for future housing and residential development across the city.”
Stage 2 of the housing strategy will involve detailed investigations on planning issues including managing development in established areas, examining lot sizes and dwelling areas as well as identifying locations for new residential growth.