QUEENSLAND Deputy Premier and Local Government Minister Paul Lucas last week announced that the 'Green Door' is now open and the Green Door Information Paper is now available.
The Green Door initiative, developed by the State Government in conjunction with local government and industry, aims to accelerate the development assessment of exemplary sustainable 'green' developments in Queensland.
"Through the Green Door the State Government will work with the applicant, the relevant local government and other stakeholders to fast track the assessment of projects displaying the 'best of the best' in green credentials," Mr Lucas said.
Mr Lucas said a truly first rate sustainable development should not only be environmentally green, but also have a demonstrable positive impact on amenity, the economy and community wellbeing.
"Features could include the delivery of planning and economic priorities in a particular region, a significant reduction of water, waste and energy, the creation of permanent jobs or the provision of innovative and effective sustainable transport options."
"We welcome the development industry to knock on our 'green door' so that we can help them to deliver the most sustainable developments in Queensland," Mr Lucas said.
Mr Lucas said the government will provide dedicated case managers who will be able to deal with up to six development proposals at a time across Queensland.
"Case managers will work collaboratively with local governments and referral agencies to assist the applicant to make an application that minimises delays and the need for an information request once it is lodged," Mr Lucas said.
It is anticipated that key outcomes of the Green Door program will include reduced time to develop and assess development applications, improved development quality and increased certainty and decreased risk for stakeholders.
The Green Door initiative is expected to deliver benefits to the community, development industry and state and local governments across Queensland.
Among the benefits cited are the delivery of sustainable developments, creation of job opportunities and facilitation of knowledge sharing and transfer, as well as the positioning of Queensland towns and cities as leaders in sustainable development.
Mike Roberts, Acting Executive Director of the Housing Institute of Australia, called the Green Door program a great opportunity to fast track projects aiming to deliver exemplary environmental outcomes that may otherwise become "bogged down in the approval process."
Brian Stewart, Chief Executive of the UDIA said the UDIA has provided the strongest support for sustainable development for a number of years.
"The UDIA launched and delivered the EnviroDevelopment branding nationally, and this initiative by the Government will add value and opportunities to our members who are committed to providing for a sustainable future," Mr Stewart said.
Green Door Advisory Committee organisations:
- Property Council of Australia
- Urban Development Institute of Australia
- Green Building Council of Australia
- Housing Industry Association
- Local Government Association of Queensland
- Centre for Subtropical Design, QUT
- Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
- Planning Institute of Australia
- Premier's Council on Climate Change (guest)
More information about the Green Door initiative is available from the Department of Local Government and Planning website at <http://www.dlgp.qld.gov.au/greendoor>.