City of Gold Coast Planning and Development Hub

Welcome to the City of Gold Coast Planning and Development Hub - an online communication and engagement tool created to provide a secure location to give you access to information on matters relating to planning, building and development, such as:

  • practice notes;
  • training videos;
  • presentations; and
  • news.
To become a member of this important hub, please click on "register to get involved" now.


Welcome to the City of Gold Coast Planning and Development Hub - an online communication and engagement tool created to provide a secure location to give you access to information on matters relating to planning, building and development, such as:

  • practice notes;
  • training videos;
  • presentations; and
  • news.
To become a member of this important hub, please click on "register to get involved" now.


  • Brent Toderian workshops initiate robust discussions

    16 days ago
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    The City recently hosted international speaker, teacher, and collaborator on advanced urbanism, Brent Toderian. During his visit, Brent collaborated with Councillors and City officers to workshop planning outcomes and looked at how the Gold Coast can benefit from the experiences of other cities around the world. Despite the inclement weather, the City was pleased to host a Planning & Development Event with Brent Toderian which looked at creating a well-designed city.

    Brent praised the City for the on-the-ground work being done in preparation for the Commonwealth Games and initiated stimulating debate on a range of topics. Some of Brent’s key... Continue reading

    The City recently hosted international speaker, teacher, and collaborator on advanced urbanism, Brent Toderian. During his visit, Brent collaborated with Councillors and City officers to workshop planning outcomes and looked at how the Gold Coast can benefit from the experiences of other cities around the world. Despite the inclement weather, the City was pleased to host a Planning & Development Event with Brent Toderian which looked at creating a well-designed city.

    Brent praised the City for the on-the-ground work being done in preparation for the Commonwealth Games and initiated stimulating debate on a range of topics. Some of Brent’s key messages to attendees of the Planning & Development Event included:

    • Good design adds value. It’s a necessary investment in creating successful cities.

    • We need a positive culture for planning cities. We should listen to the concerns of residents and improve the quality of outcomes. Rather than NIMBY, make it QIMBY – quality in my backyard.

    • Building height is less of an issue if the building hits the ground well. Buildings must be designed for pedestrians. Wave and Oracle are great examples. A blank (no activation) wall designed well is still a blank wall, ground floors should be active and make walking delightful.

    • Gentle density is ground orientated housing. This type of housing looks and feels like a single house, but with greater density. It is really important when creating successful suburbs and it is the difference between sprawl and suburbs.

    • During Vancouver’s Olympic Games, 17% of all trips changed from cars to transit & this continues after the games. The equates to 10 years of natural modal shift. The Commonwealth Games are a great opportunity for the Gold Coast to shift behaviour.

    • Good design is often seen as a barrier to being open for business. Urban design adds actual economic value to cities when it is done well.


  • City building seminar

    19 days ago
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    Join Associate Professor Jason Byrne and Dr Tony Matthews for a City Building Seminar on green infrastructure.

    Why are some parts of cities hotter than others? As we pursue policies of urban densification might we inadvertently be increasing problems with heat? What might be done about this?

    This seminar discusses research being led by Griffith University on the benefits of green infrastructure for rapidly growing cities. Green infrastructure – a term referring to street trees, verges, parks, green walls, green roofs and other green spaces, is gaining international prominence for its purported functions, benefits and services. Benefits include the potential... Continue reading

    Join Associate Professor Jason Byrne and Dr Tony Matthews for a City Building Seminar on green infrastructure.

    Why are some parts of cities hotter than others? As we pursue policies of urban densification might we inadvertently be increasing problems with heat? What might be done about this?

    This seminar discusses research being led by Griffith University on the benefits of green infrastructure for rapidly growing cities. Green infrastructure – a term referring to street trees, verges, parks, green walls, green roofs and other green spaces, is gaining international prominence for its purported functions, benefits and services. Benefits include the potential to combat urban heat islands. Other benefits include promoting social inclusion, improving sense of place, boosting property values and increasing physical activity and residents’ wellbeing.

    Green infrastructure is an emerging and critical facet of contemporary urban, environmental and natural resource planning. The seminar provides an overview of the positive contributions of green infrastructure in Australian neighbourhoods, as well as some potential disservices that planners, architects and other built environment professionals need to know about. Specific ways in which green infrastructure can be added to existing urban planning toolkits will are identified.

    Pathways and barriers to the uptake of green infrastructure are examined, highlighting lessons for subtropical cities.

    City Building Seminar - Green Infrastructure

    Thursday 27 April
    12.00pm - refreshments
    12.30pm - presentation begins

    RSVP lmcmeekin@goldcoast.qld.gov.au


  • Minister's Guidelines and Rules open for consultation

    about 1 month ago
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    The Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning have released the draft Minister's Guidelines and Rules (MGR), a new instrument that will mandate how local planning schemes and other local planning instruments are made (or changed) across the state.

    The draft MGR is now open for consultation and Queenslanders have until 5 pm on Tuesday 9 May 2017 to have their say.

    Following public consultation, the instrument will be formally made by the Planning Minister to support the commencement of the new planning system on 3 July 2017.

    The release comes after 18 months of working with practitioners and the... Continue reading

    The Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning have released the draft Minister's Guidelines and Rules (MGR), a new instrument that will mandate how local planning schemes and other local planning instruments are made (or changed) across the state.

    The draft MGR is now open for consultation and Queenslanders have until 5 pm on Tuesday 9 May 2017 to have their say.

    Following public consultation, the instrument will be formally made by the Planning Minister to support the commencement of the new planning system on 3 July 2017.

    The release comes after 18 months of working with practitioners and the community across the state to understand what was most important to them in Queensland's plan making process.

    The draft MGR includes several improvements including:

    • combining several guidelines into one succinct document
    • enhanced public consultation requirements
    • a tailored approach for making or amending a planning scheme, allowing local government to deliver a process that works for their community
    • the introduction of a new amendment process to provide for a more responsive system
    • a range of improved processes to support infrastructure charging and designation.

    We encourage all Queenslanders to have their say on this new planning instrument here.


  • Creating a well designed city with international guest Brent Toderian

    about 2 months ago
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    The City of Gold Coast is holding a special event with international speaker, teacher, and collaborator on advanced urbanism, Brent Toderian at the Gold Coast Arts Centre on Monday 20 March. Brent will provide attendees with an insight into 'creating a well-designed city' and how the Gold Coast can benefit from the experience of other cities around the world.

    Brent is an internationally respected practitioner with 24 years of experience in advanced urbanism, city planning, and urban design. He has advised and collaborated with cities, agencies and best-practice developers around the world, including the cities of Auckland, Brisbane, Buenos Aires,... Continue reading

    The City of Gold Coast is holding a special event with international speaker, teacher, and collaborator on advanced urbanism, Brent Toderian at the Gold Coast Arts Centre on Monday 20 March. Brent will provide attendees with an insight into 'creating a well-designed city' and how the Gold Coast can benefit from the experience of other cities around the world.

    Brent is an internationally respected practitioner with 24 years of experience in advanced urbanism, city planning, and urban design. He has advised and collaborated with cities, agencies and best-practice developers around the world, including the cities of Auckland, Brisbane, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Groningen, Helsinki, Medellin, New York, Oslo, Perth, Rotterdam, and Sydney. In Canada, his expertise is evident in planning outcomes in the cities of Abbotsford, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, London, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Ottawa, Regina, Surrey, and Vancouver.

    Brent’s key achievements as Vancouver BC’s Chief Planner (2006-2012), include:

    · the 2010 Winter Olympics-related planning and design;

    · the EcoDensity and Greenest City Initiatives;

    · new waterfront and skyline-shaping strategies;

    · new visions and strategies for the city’s viaducts, multi-modal mobility and active transportation (walk, bike, and transit);

    · place-making, public place design and street activation strategies;

    · next generation transit-oriented development (TOD) initiatives;

    · the Laneway Housing program and other affordability/housing strategies; and

    · inventive strategies at the downtown, city and regional levels emphasizing a “complete city”, not just a liveable one.

    During his time as chief planner, Brent oversaw the development, design and architecture in Vancouver, known internationally as a “city by design.”

    Date: Monday, 20 March 2017.

    Time: 4.00pm registration with presentation from 4.30pm -6.00pm

    Venue: Paradise Showroom, Gold Coast Arts Centre, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise.

    RSVPs are essential for catering purposes. Please RSVP to mcousins@goldcoast.qld.gov.au before COB on Thursday 16 March 2017.
  • Amanda Tzannes appointed Manager City Planning

    about 2 months ago
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    Amanda Tzannes has been appointed as Manager City Planning. Amanda, who has spent the past six months fulfilling the role of Acting Manager, initially returned to the City of Gold Coast in March 2016 as Executive Coordinator City and Regional Planning. Amanda’s extensive experience includes two and half years as the Manager of Planning for the SEQ South Region within the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

    Prior to working for the State Government Amanda worked for a private firm on the Gold Coast for almost 10 years.

    Amanda has over 16 years experience in the private, local and... Continue reading

    Amanda Tzannes has been appointed as Manager City Planning. Amanda, who has spent the past six months fulfilling the role of Acting Manager, initially returned to the City of Gold Coast in March 2016 as Executive Coordinator City and Regional Planning. Amanda’s extensive experience includes two and half years as the Manager of Planning for the SEQ South Region within the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

    Prior to working for the State Government Amanda worked for a private firm on the Gold Coast for almost 10 years.

    Amanda has over 16 years experience in the private, local and state sectors of the planning industry and has a passion for working with people and delivering outcomes. Amanda’s career has seen her gain experience across a number of facets of planning including as an expert witness in the Planning and Environment Court, development assessment, due diligence assessments, planning reform and strategic planning.


  • City Plan twelve months on

    2 months ago
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    The second of February marked twelve months since the launch of our City Plan. This anniversary provides a good opportunity to share some interesting facts about updates to the City Plan and our suite of online tools. Since commencement we have introduced new initiatives to collaborate with and inform industry and stakeholders.



    City Plan Updates

    2 Update packages to the City Plan have been implemented since City Plan commenced. 8 Updates are currently underway:

    • 4 Major Updates
    • 1 Minor and Administrative Update
    • 1 Planning Act Alignment Update
    • 1 Schedule 6 City Plan Policies Update
    • ... Continue reading

    The second of February marked twelve months since the launch of our City Plan. This anniversary provides a good opportunity to share some interesting facts about updates to the City Plan and our suite of online tools. Since commencement we have introduced new initiatives to collaborate with and inform industry and stakeholders.



    City Plan Updates

    2 Update packages to the City Plan have been implemented since City Plan commenced. 8 Updates are currently underway:

    • 4 Major Updates
    • 1 Minor and Administrative Update
    • 1 Planning Act Alignment Update
    • 1 Schedule 6 City Plan Policies Update
    • 1 Local Government Infrastructure Plan Update


    Improve our City Plan

    933 Suggestions/enquiries received, 52 from external, 881 from internal

    454 Have been completed, of the uncompleted items:

    • 31 Will be addressed by Major Update 1 & 1B
    • 9 Will be addressed by Major Coastal Update
    • 169 Will be addressed by Minor and Administrative Update 3
    • 22 Will be addressed by Schedule 6 City Plan Policies Update
    • 92 Will be addressed by Major Update 2


    Online Tools

    450k Views on the City Plan viewer website

    240k Views on the City Plan interactive mapping website

    7k Visits to the Planning and Development Hub averaging 158 daily visits

    23 Alerts sent to 548 individual members who have subscribed to the Planning and Development Alert


  • Industry events and training calendar

    2 months ago
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    Our online calendar is now live, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of City events and training as well as key industry activities relevant to planning and development industry professionals. This calendar will be continually updated throughout the year and we welcome ideas and feedback on other relevant events.

    View calendar

    If you would like to provide event information for publishing on the calendar please email details to Martine Cousins mcousins@goldcoast.qld.gov.au


    Our online calendar is now live, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of City events and training as well as key industry activities relevant to planning and development industry professionals. This calendar will be continually updated throughout the year and we welcome ideas and feedback on other relevant events.

    View calendar

    If you would like to provide event information for publishing on the calendar please email details to Martine Cousins mcousins@goldcoast.qld.gov.au


  • Pre-assessment for standard format plan sealing applications are now live

    2 months ago
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    The City is now accepting applications for Pre-Assessment Standard Format Plan Sealing. The pre-assessment process aims to assist in reducing assessment timeframes for Standard Format Plan applications. The application kit is designed to guide applicants through the process for all plan sealing applications. The pre-assessment process will focus on providing the applicant with as much up front information as possible for lodging Standard Format Plan Sealing applications and gaining compliance with conditions.

    If you submit an application with all information identified in the pre-assessment, the City commits to providing a decision within 10 business days.

    For... Continue reading

    The City is now accepting applications for Pre-Assessment Standard Format Plan Sealing. The pre-assessment process aims to assist in reducing assessment timeframes for Standard Format Plan applications. The application kit is designed to guide applicants through the process for all plan sealing applications. The pre-assessment process will focus on providing the applicant with as much up front information as possible for lodging Standard Format Plan Sealing applications and gaining compliance with conditions.

    If you submit an application with all information identified in the pre-assessment, the City commits to providing a decision within 10 business days.

    For further details on the process, including downloading the application kit, high level end-to-end process flow and an example of a completed Compliance Report, please see cityofgoldcoast.com.au/plansealing


  • Roger Sharpe to fill interim role as Manager of City Development

    3 months ago
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    With Alisha Swain finishing tomorrow (Tuesday), Planning Assessment Executive Coordinator Roger Sharpe will fill the Manager of City Development role until recruitment is finalised. Having worked in the Planning and Environment for over twelve years, Roger has spent the past decade as Planning Assessment Executive Coordinator.

    He is widely respected by his colleagues and the industry for his approach to resolving problems through conciliation and effective negotiation.


    With Alisha Swain finishing tomorrow (Tuesday), Planning Assessment Executive Coordinator Roger Sharpe will fill the Manager of City Development role until recruitment is finalised. Having worked in the Planning and Environment for over twelve years, Roger has spent the past decade as Planning Assessment Executive Coordinator.

    He is widely respected by his colleagues and the industry for his approach to resolving problems through conciliation and effective negotiation.


  • Interim pavement design requirements

    3 months ago
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    The City is conducting a review of the pavement design standards required under the City Plan Land Development Guidelines (City Plan LDG’s).

    The review will consider a number of issues including the costs associated with pavement construction; whole of life costs to ensure the standards do not result in an unacceptable maintenance burden on Council; and whether the design standards are comparable with the requirements of other local governments in South East Queensland.

    Until the current review of the pavement design requirements under the City Plan LDG’s is complete and any consequential amendments have commenced:

    The City is conducting a review of the pavement design standards required under the City Plan Land Development Guidelines (City Plan LDG’s).

    The review will consider a number of issues including the costs associated with pavement construction; whole of life costs to ensure the standards do not result in an unacceptable maintenance burden on Council; and whether the design standards are comparable with the requirements of other local governments in South East Queensland.

    Until the current review of the pavement design requirements under the City Plan LDG’s is complete and any consequential amendments have commenced:

    • The City will apply the most recent version of Planning Scheme Policy 11 – Land Development Guidelines pavement design requirements to permissible change requests where the existing development approval currently requires compliance with the City Plan LDG’s pavement design requirements.

    • The City will condition future development approvals to require compliance with the most recent version of Planning Scheme Policy 11 – Land Development Guidelines pavement design requirements.

    These interim requirements will take effect immediately. Applicants who have existing development approvals that require compliance with the pavement design requirements in the City Plan LDG’s may submit a permissible change request at their earliest convenience.

    It is presently expected that Council will consider whether to adopt amendments to the existing City Plan LDG’s in response to the review in the second half of 2017. Any proposed amendments to the City Plan LDG’s will follow the process required under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 which includes public notification requirements.

    It is envisaged that once the City Plan LDG pavement review is complete and any consequential amendments are adopted all future applications (including OPW applications) submitted after commencement will be conditioned to comply with the revised City Plan LDG requirements. Council will provide further details about the transitional arrangements closer to the date of commencement of any proposed changes.