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 designed to help prepare for the launch of the City Plan.

The Hub has been 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;
  • updates; and
  • fortnightly alerts.
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 designed to help prepare for the launch of the City Plan.

The Hub has been 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;
  • updates; and
  • fortnightly alerts.
To become a member of this important hub, please click on "register to get involved" now.
  • Gold Coast Open House 2016

    4 days ago
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    Gold Coast Open House is a free annual cultural event that raises awareness of good design and the importance of preserving the city’s historical and architectural assets.

    The 2016 event, to be held on Saturday 5 November, will provide visitors with the opportunity to step inside some of the Gold Coast’s diverse, well-designed, historic and cutting edge buildings and spaces.

    Select buildings and spaces will be open to the public for self-guided and guided tours, encouraging the wider community to explore and engage with the city’s built environment.

    Gold Coast Open House is also calling for volunteer greeters, hosts and... Continue reading

    Gold Coast Open House is a free annual cultural event that raises awareness of good design and the importance of preserving the city’s historical and architectural assets.

    The 2016 event, to be held on Saturday 5 November, will provide visitors with the opportunity to step inside some of the Gold Coast’s diverse, well-designed, historic and cutting edge buildings and spaces.

    Select buildings and spaces will be open to the public for self-guided and guided tours, encouraging the wider community to explore and engage with the city’s built environment.

    Gold Coast Open House is also calling for volunteer greeters, hosts and photographers. Whether you are new to the coast or a long time local, an interested citizen, an architect or design professional, a historian or city planner, a student or retiree – they are seeking people who share an enthusiasm for celebrating the richness and diversity of the Gold Coast’s built environment. Sign on to share the celebrations, meet new friends and learn more about our city from behind the scenes.

    Sign on to volunteer


  • Major Update 1B to progress concurrently with Major Update 1

    4 days ago
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    On 15 September Council of the City of Gold Coast endorsed Step 1 of Major Update 1B. This update package will be prepared concurrently with Major Update 1.

    Major Update 1B scope includes:

    • Biggera Waters centre & surrounding lands study

    • Low density residential zone lot size and density study

    • Updates to Environmental significance overlay maps – Biodiversity areas

    • Revised intent for Integrated resort development on Wavebreak

    • Hours of operation for exempt commercial uses in District centres

    • Level of assessment for lease, access easement, community title and volumetric subdivisions

    • Emerging communities zone setback/site cover... Continue reading

    On 15 September Council of the City of Gold Coast endorsed Step 1 of Major Update 1B. This update package will be prepared concurrently with Major Update 1.

    Major Update 1B scope includes:

    • Biggera Waters centre & surrounding lands study

    • Low density residential zone lot size and density study

    • Updates to Environmental significance overlay maps – Biodiversity areas

    • Revised intent for Integrated resort development on Wavebreak

    • Hours of operation for exempt commercial uses in District centres

    • Level of assessment for lease, access easement, community title and volumetric subdivisions

    • Emerging communities zone setback/site cover provisions.

    Major Update 1 and Major Update 1B packages are planned to be considered by Council in late 2016.


  • Charges Resolution Update

    4 days ago
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    On 15 September 2016 Council of the City of Gold Coast adopted the Council of the City of Gold Coast Charges Resolution No. 1 of 2016 (“Charges Resolution”).

    The Charges Resolution (No. 1 of 2016) will take effect on 1 November 2016, and replaces the existing Council of the City of Gold Coast Charges Resolution Version 1.2 of 2015.

    The changes reflect the latest maximum adopted charges, which were increased by the Queensland Government on 29 July 2016 Adopted Infrastructure Charges Schedule 2016 . This is the commencement of annual indexation of the maximum adopted charges set by the... Continue reading

    On 15 September 2016 Council of the City of Gold Coast adopted the Council of the City of Gold Coast Charges Resolution No. 1 of 2016 (“Charges Resolution”).

    The Charges Resolution (No. 1 of 2016) will take effect on 1 November 2016, and replaces the existing Council of the City of Gold Coast Charges Resolution Version 1.2 of 2015.

    The changes reflect the latest maximum adopted charges, which were increased by the Queensland Government on 29 July 2016 Adopted Infrastructure Charges Schedule 2016 . This is the commencement of annual indexation of the maximum adopted charges set by the Queensland Government.

    The increase is approximately 1.1% across all charging categories. Where infrastructure charges were levied prior to 1 November 2016 (under the previous maximum charges) and not yet paid, Council will apply indexation in accordance with s.4.7 of the Charges Resolution. Such indexation will increase the charge using the Producer Price Index, on a quarterly basis, up to the maximum charge Council could have levied for the development when the charge is paid.

    The Charges Resolution incorporates a number of minor wording changes as listed below to improve clarity (without impacting on charges):

    • making it clear Council is adopting the maximum adopted charges as changed by the State though gazette notice and not just by reference to the State Planning Regulatory Provision 2012 (adopted charges) (SPRP adopted charges) (see s.1.4 and s.2.1)

    • minor changes in terminology and format of charging tables to better reflect the SPRP (adopted charges)

    • the types of residential land uses listed in Table 2 – Adopted Charges, have been amended to reflect the definitions in City Plan (consistent with the Queensland Planning Provisions) and the 2003 Scheme.

    The full detail and specific wording of these amendments are contained in the Charges Resolution (No. 1 of 2016), which will be posted on Council’s website prior to commencement. For further details please contact the Strategic Infrastructure Planning team on 5582 8925.


  • Cessation of all forms of sandwich wall sewerage pipe use

    4 days ago
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    Developers, contractors and engineering consultants are to note that as of 1 December 2016, no forms of sandwich wall pipe will be accepted for sewerage construction works on the Gold Coast. Only plain wall uPVC sewerage pipe will be accepted, i.e. one continuous layer of solid PVC throughout the pipe.

    Solid core sandwich wall pipe will be allowed up until 1 December 2016. However, foam core sandwich wall pipe is not accepted at all.

    This is to conform with Item 230 - 4.1 on the SEQ Water Supply and Sewerage Design and Construction Code Accepted Civil Products and Materials List... Continue reading

    Developers, contractors and engineering consultants are to note that as of 1 December 2016, no forms of sandwich wall pipe will be accepted for sewerage construction works on the Gold Coast. Only plain wall uPVC sewerage pipe will be accepted, i.e. one continuous layer of solid PVC throughout the pipe.

    Solid core sandwich wall pipe will be allowed up until 1 December 2016. However, foam core sandwich wall pipe is not accepted at all.

    This is to conform with Item 230 - 4.1 on the SEQ Water Supply and Sewerage Design and Construction Code Accepted Civil Products and Materials List, which states that plain wall uPVC pipe is only to be accepted for non-pressure sewerage pipes and fittings.

    Gold Coast Water is committed to ensuring our customers are satisfied with the Quality, Safety and Compliance of our assets within the City of Gold Coast. To ensure we are delivering on our commitment, a high level of detailed investigation surrounding the construction and inspection of our assets is important.

    With sandwich wall pipe, Gold Coast Water has noticed consistent pipe spigot delamination of the internal pure PVC layer in both factory pipes and field cut pipes. This create defects and deformation within the pipe’s internal surface creating obstructions to laminar flow. As a result there is potential for rag catching, pipe blockage, and delamination of the matrix of different PVC formats over time, reducing the pipe’s life expectancy.

    The defects caused by the use of sandwich wall pipe have increased the time taken to review and approve the CCTV test packages and have a considerable effect on the overall time taken for plan sealing approval.

    For more information, please contact Kerim Sijercic at Gold Coast Water (07 5582 8386).


  • City officer wins UDIA APA Group Young Leaders Award

    22 days ago
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    Congratulations to City of Gold Coast Supervising Planner Nicole Bennetts who was awarded the 2016 UDIA QLD Young Leaders Award for Excellence last week. This award acknowledges and promotes the positive contribution young property professionals make to the Queensland property industry.

    In announcing Nicole as the winner, the judges commented on Nicole's well-rounded experience and commitment to engagement with the community.

    Nicole has been part of the City Plan team for the past 11 months, assisting with the preparation and adoption of City Plan and in ensuring City Plan remains up to date.

    Prior to this, Nicole was a director... Continue reading

    Congratulations to City of Gold Coast Supervising Planner Nicole Bennetts who was awarded the 2016 UDIA QLD Young Leaders Award for Excellence last week. This award acknowledges and promotes the positive contribution young property professionals make to the Queensland property industry.

    In announcing Nicole as the winner, the judges commented on Nicole's well-rounded experience and commitment to engagement with the community.

    Nicole has been part of the City Plan team for the past 11 months, assisting with the preparation and adoption of City Plan and in ensuring City Plan remains up to date.

    Prior to this, Nicole was a director of a consultancy firm here on the Gold Coast, with 7 years statutory planning experience.

    In addition to her role at the City of Gold Coast, Nicole is the Queensland Vice President of the Planning institute of Australia, a board member of Regional Development Australia Gold Coast, and a committee member of the Young Professionals Gold Coast.

  • Sites included in more than one zone

    26 days ago
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    Council officers have been receiving queries on determining the levels of assessment for development over multiple zones. Accordingly, the following advice is provided:

    Section 5.3.2(4) of the City Plan identifies:

    “Where development is proposed on premises included in more than one zone or overlay, the level of assessment is the highest level for each aspect of the development under each of the applicable zones or overlays.”

    Where a site is included in more than one zone, proposed development would be subject to the level of assessment of the respective zones, to the extent the development applies to that zone.

    Example... Continue reading

    Council officers have been receiving queries on determining the levels of assessment for development over multiple zones. Accordingly, the following advice is provided:

    Section 5.3.2(4) of the City Plan identifies:

    “Where development is proposed on premises included in more than one zone or overlay, the level of assessment is the highest level for each aspect of the development under each of the applicable zones or overlays.”

    Where a site is included in more than one zone, proposed development would be subject to the level of assessment of the respective zones, to the extent the development applies to that zone.

    Example site with split zoning

    In the scenario of a Child care centre on the site above, two levels of assessment (material change of use tables) could be applicable:

    • Neighbourhood centre zone (blue) – subject to Code assessment; and
    • Open space zone (green) – subject to Impact assessment.

    Both levels of assessment would be applicable, if the proposed development extended over both zones. The extent of development could include (but is not limited to) built form, carparking, communal open space, and storm water infrastructure.

    To clarify (using the above scenario):

    • if the extent of the proposed development is wholly contained within the Neighbourhood centre zone, the level of assessment for the development would be determined based on that zone (Code assessment).
    • if the extent of the proposed development is over both zones:
    1. the portion of the development within the Neighbourhood centre zone would be subject to Code assessment
    2. the portion of the development in the Open space zone would subject to Impact assessment
  • August City Building Seminar Creating Great Cities

    about 1 month ago
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    Join Founder and Chair of the Future Cities Collaborative Professor Edward Blakely for the August City Building Seminar. Professor Blakely will share insights from a career spent working with mayors, planners, ministers, businesses, communities, universities, and even presidents, and his lessons on how to craft great cities.

    The Future City Collaborative is an initiative of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney with the primary role of promoting sustainable urban development by supporting city leaders with leadership and strategic management tools; creating a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information; and assisting in the development... Continue reading

    Join Founder and Chair of the Future Cities Collaborative Professor Edward Blakely for the August City Building Seminar. Professor Blakely will share insights from a career spent working with mayors, planners, ministers, businesses, communities, universities, and even presidents, and his lessons on how to craft great cities.

    The Future City Collaborative is an initiative of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney with the primary role of promoting sustainable urban development by supporting city leaders with leadership and strategic management tools; creating a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information; and assisting in the development of skills and knowledge to build sustainable cities.

    12.30pm

    Thursday 25 August 2016
    Arts Centre Gold Coast
    135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise

    Refreshments from midday, speaker from 12.30pm

    RSVP lcurran@goldcoast.qld.gov.au



  • Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre recognised at the 2016 Queensland State Architecture Awards

    about 1 month ago
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    Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre was recognised at the 2016 Queensland State Architecture Awards held in Brisbane on 24 June with a prestigious Public Architecture Award. The building was designed by Complete Urban and Lahz Nimmo Architects in Association, along with considerable input from City Libraries, Community Venues & Services, City Infrastructure, Office of the City Architect, and Safe & Liveable Communities.

    The design was the result of a strategic consultation and collaborative process that produced a high quality and innovative public square and civic community building on the edge of a retail plaza. Bordered on three sides by a... Continue reading

    Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre was recognised at the 2016 Queensland State Architecture Awards held in Brisbane on 24 June with a prestigious Public Architecture Award. The building was designed by Complete Urban and Lahz Nimmo Architects in Association, along with considerable input from City Libraries, Community Venues & Services, City Infrastructure, Office of the City Architect, and Safe & Liveable Communities.

    The design was the result of a strategic consultation and collaborative process that produced a high quality and innovative public square and civic community building on the edge of a retail plaza. Bordered on three sides by a busy road and car parking the Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre forges a cross site link and provides for solace, community gatherings, performance and play. The project is an outstanding example of integrated community service delivery through a sophisticated and functional built form.

    Photo credit: JohnMills.com.au


  • New guideline looks at vegetation management on private land

    about 1 month ago
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    A new guideline has been released looking at how the City Plan regulates vegetation management on private land.

    The Vegetation management on private land guideline outlines acceptable removal of, or damage to vegetation, provides steps to complete before hiring an an aborist and gives advice regarding civil disputes involving vegetation and trees. Click here to view guideline

    A new guideline has been released looking at how the City Plan regulates vegetation management on private land.

    The Vegetation management on private land guideline outlines acceptable removal of, or damage to vegetation, provides steps to complete before hiring an an aborist and gives advice regarding civil disputes involving vegetation and trees. Click here to view guideline

  • New Planning Legislation

    2 months ago
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    On 12 May 2016 the State Government adopted the Planning Act 2016, the Planning and Environment Court Act 2016 and the Planning (consequential) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016.

    This new legislation is to commence mid-2017 and will create a contemporary framework for delivering planning and development across Queensland. Upon commencement they will replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 as Queensland’s principal planning legislation.

    The Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP) have released interim Development Assessment Rules and the Minister’s Guidelines and Rules relevant to plan making and the designation of infrastructure, which will support the Planning Act... Continue reading

    On 12 May 2016 the State Government adopted the Planning Act 2016, the Planning and Environment Court Act 2016 and the Planning (consequential) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016.

    This new legislation is to commence mid-2017 and will create a contemporary framework for delivering planning and development across Queensland. Upon commencement they will replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 as Queensland’s principal planning legislation.

    The Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP) have released interim Development Assessment Rules and the Minister’s Guidelines and Rules relevant to plan making and the designation of infrastructure, which will support the Planning Act 2016. Click here to access DILGP website for further details.

    DILGP are holding a series of workshops throughout the state to help stakeholders to start the process for transitioning people, processes and systems to align with and enable work to occur under the new legislation. A number of City officers are due to attend one of these workshops at the end of July.

    State has also prepared a webcast (watch here) that outlines some of the key changes and topics for discussion at the workshop.

    After the workshops with State, Council will need to decide how and when to align the City Plan with the new legislation. The commencement of the changes to City Plan will depend on the nature of the changes required.