A target has been set to make 20% of the region’s housing social and affordable, which will likely involve changes to the City of Logan’s density and key infrastructure accessibility.

The goal is part of a broad plan to increase the number of residences in Logan by more than 100,000 over the next 23 years.

The construction blitz would prioritise affordable living and help meet population growth which, as reported by MyCityLogan last week, is expected to rise by more than 311,000 new residents by 2046.

The government hopes Logan will have more than 234,000 dwellings by then, but the plan is to not only assist in their delivery (which will be mostly led by the private sector) but also their liveability.

South East Queensland’s population is expected to grow to 5.3 million, which the government says will require 30,000 new dwellings every year to keep pace.

With help from Logan City Council, the state government will aim to offer residents more choice in “how and where they live”.

A target has been set to make 20 per cent of the region’s housing social and affordable, which will be achieved through changes to factors like housing density and key infrastructure accessibility.

“With these new targets and requirements for social and affordable housing, government and industry will be clear on what is needed to help deliver for our future population,” housing minister Meaghan Scanlon said.

“Importantly, this plan isn’t just about housing affordability, it’s about affordable living.

“Making sure the right housing is available, at the right location, to maximise access to local services, transport and jobs is critical.”

The government’s early efforts to cater for the population explosion have focused on accessibility to facilities like hospitals, university precincts and schools, as well as enhancing mobility, diversity and the removal of unnecessary regulatory costs.

According to the current plan, Logan is expected to see a decrease in detached homes and an increase in all forms of attached housing to accommodate a larger density.

Specifically, the city will see a rise in attached low-rise dwellings, such as one-to-three-storey apartments and semi-detached homes like terrace homes or townhouses.

A spokersperson for the Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, deputy premier Steven Miles, said a timeline and more specific targets would be presented following the current community consultation period.

“Dwelling diversity targets will be agreed in consultation with local government between the draft and final plan,” the spokesperson said.

Deputy premier Steven Miles said more housing was needed than ever before.

“… and we need a plan that ensures homes are delivered when and where they need to be,” Mr Miles said.

“Our population isn’t just getting bigger; it’s changing – with household sizes, demographics and lifestyle trends shifting.

“We cannot only rely on traditional models and new greenfield development as the answer for housing choice and affordability given what we know about people’s preferences.”

He said the government’s plan “doesn’t mean growth everywhere”, rather growth for suburbs that can cater to future growth.

“This is about taking action now and planning ahead to manage growth well and ensure we build more of the Queensland we love.”

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