As a new year begins to unfold, we thought it timely to share some thoughts about what 2017 has in store for PIE Solutions and infrastructure planning more generally.

The first event on our calendar is our four year anniversary in March. We have gone from strength to strength during this time and have recently finished developing our PIE Novus suite of software. This software is aimed at improving the way infrastructure planning and charging is undertaken by infrastructure providers and is a major achievement for our company. We are already using PIE Novus to deliver better outcomes for our clients. We intend to provide more information about PIE Novus in a subsequent newsletter, but if you cannot wait to know more, jump on to our new web site (www.piesolutions.com.au) or give us a call.

This year will also see the new planning legislation for Queensland commence in mid-2017. From an infrastructure planning and charging perspective, the new legislation does not appear to result in significant changes to the existing framework.  A new statutory instrument called the Minister’s Guidelines and Rules will replace a number of existing guidelines and other documents, including Guideline 03/14 – Local government infrastructure plans. The new instrument will provide the rules for making and amending LGIPs. Most infrastructure planning practitioners we have spoken to believe that the existing process for making and amending of LGIPs needs to be overhauled to reduce its complexity, cost and time. We support this view and look forward to reviewing the Ministers Guidelines and Rules when they are released for public consultation. DILGP have advised that this is imminent.

In May this year, we will be attending the PIA Congress in Sydney. We will have a trade stand at the congress and look forward to catching up with our fellow practitioners.

2017 is shaping up to be a great year.