Qld govt commandeers council housing plan

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Fingers are being pointed after the Queensland deputy premier's "extraordinary" decision to take over a local council's housing strategy.

Steven Miles says Redland City Council has refused to update its strategy, claiming it won't address the needs of a growing population and lacks diversity in the types of housing being delivered.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams says the state government approved its housing strategy, but won't provide the infrastructure needed to support growth in its area, along the Moreton Bay coast southeast of Brisbane.

"A housing strategy without a plan for infrastructure is not a plan," she said.

The intervention could create an icy atmosphere at Friday's roundtable talks between the state and local governments to plan for a housing summit next month.

Queenslanders struggling to find a home are unlikely to care which government delivers more housing as long as they do it quickly.

The waiting list for social housing exceeds 27,000 households, rental vacancies are down and prices are up.

Mr Miles, who is also planning minister, sent a letter to the council saying he'd be using his powers to take over its housing strategy on Thursday.

"Redlands has been asked repeatedly to update its housing strategy but has declined to do so," Mr Miles said.

Ms Williams said the state's intervention took her by surprise.

"I spoke with the deputy premier just yesterday afternoon about housing and he indicated his willingness to work collaboratively with council."

"He did not advise of his upcoming letter or his decision to undertake a housing strategy for us," she said in a statement.

Mr Miles said the government would work with the council and support it to ensure its housing strategy is in the state's interest.

"However, as this has been communicated on a number of occasions, I am now taking this extraordinary step to get this done," he said.

"The current housing strategy for the city is dated 2011 and is based on 2006 population data," he said.

The council is waiting on population projections from the state government, and has progressed a plan for new "emerging communities" and "priority growth areas" Ms Williams says will deliver about 6500 new homes.

She said the government signed off on its city plan in 2018, and the current housing strategy goes through until 2031.

The strategy has a target of 66,200 homes by then, but Mr Miles said last year they had already reached 65,200.

The strategy needs updating, not just with more housing, but more types.

"This includes removing regulatory impediments that prevent a variety of housing," he said.