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.

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  • New online development application submission form

    5 days ago
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    A new online web form has been launched to assist the community in lodging a development application submission.

    The online web form simplifies the process of completing a development application submission and allows for the uploading of attachments.

    Submitters will receive an acknowledgment email advising their submission has been received and it will streamline the way council processes the submissions internally.

    Whilst the online form is the preferred method of lodging a submission, alternative methods of lodging will still be available to the community. These include email to mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au, via post or in person at any of our Customer... Continue reading

    A new online web form has been launched to assist the community in lodging a development application submission.

    The online web form simplifies the process of completing a development application submission and allows for the uploading of attachments.

    Submitters will receive an acknowledgment email advising their submission has been received and it will streamline the way council processes the submissions internally.

    Whilst the online form is the preferred method of lodging a submission, alternative methods of lodging will still be available to the community. These include email to mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au, via post or in person at any of our Customer Service branches.

    A hardcopy PDF form is still available on the Have Your Say on a Development Application webpage. Please note: the new webpage has been updated with the new content and link to the web form https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/contact-planning/development-application-feedback.aspx

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Planning Enquires Centre (PEC) on (07) 5582 8708 or Development Assessment & Improvement (DA&I) Project Office on (07) 5582 8007.


  • Introducing Chean-Piau Lau

    5 days ago
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    Lau (Chean-Piau Lau) has returned to the City of Gold Coast (City) almost 10 years after leaving the City Planning branch in 2006. During that time he worked on and delivered Priority Infrastructure Plans (PIPs) for Brisbane City Council and Toowoomba Regional Council.

    Most recently, prior to joining the City, he was employed by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) as a development manager responsible for the delivery of strategic infrastructure plans, recovery of infrastructure charges for major greenfield Priority Development Areas (PDAs) and he led infrastructure agreement negotiations on EDQ’s behalf.

    He has qualifications in property valuation, urban/regional planning and development... Continue reading

    Lau (Chean-Piau Lau) has returned to the City of Gold Coast (City) almost 10 years after leaving the City Planning branch in 2006. During that time he worked on and delivered Priority Infrastructure Plans (PIPs) for Brisbane City Council and Toowoomba Regional Council.

    Most recently, prior to joining the City, he was employed by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) as a development manager responsible for the delivery of strategic infrastructure plans, recovery of infrastructure charges for major greenfield Priority Development Areas (PDAs) and he led infrastructure agreement negotiations on EDQ’s behalf.

    He has qualifications in property valuation, urban/regional planning and development planning.
  • Conflicts and sufficient grounds information session

    6 days ago
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    Please join City of Gold Coast officers, planning consultants Buckley Vann and legal representatives from Corrs Chambers Westgarth on Tuesday July 5 for an information session on conflicts and sufficient grounds.

    This session will look at examples of sufficient grounds and how to determine a conflict with the City Plan.


    Event Details

    When:
    Tuesday 05 July
    9.45am - 12.00pm

    Where:
    Paradise Room
    Gold Coast Arts Centre
    135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise

    RSVP:
    To secure your spot please RSVP via email to PEReformTeam@goldcoast.qld.gov.au before COB Wednesday 29 June.

    Note: Registration is at 9.45am with refreshments available at the Lakeside Terrace

    Please join City of Gold Coast officers, planning consultants Buckley Vann and legal representatives from Corrs Chambers Westgarth on Tuesday July 5 for an information session on conflicts and sufficient grounds.

    This session will look at examples of sufficient grounds and how to determine a conflict with the City Plan.


    Event Details

    When:
    Tuesday 05 July
    9.45am - 12.00pm

    Where:
    Paradise Room
    Gold Coast Arts Centre
    135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise

    RSVP:
    To secure your spot please RSVP via email to PEReformTeam@goldcoast.qld.gov.au before COB Wednesday 29 June.

    Note: Registration is at 9.45am with refreshments available at the Lakeside Terrace
  • Introducing Andrew Young

    27 days ago
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    Andrew Young commenced as the Executive Coordinator Contributed Assets and Compliance within the City Development Branch in September 2015. Andrew joined the City of Gold Coast after working for the last 13 years as a lawyer based in Brisbane practicing in planning, environment and local government law.

    During this time Andrew worked predominantly with local governments including the Gold Coast, on a range of planning appeals, enforcement, infrastructure delivery and charging and local law matters.

    Andrew is enjoying the diversity and challenges within City Development and is looking forward to working with his skilled team to deliver great outcomes for... Continue reading

    Andrew Young commenced as the Executive Coordinator Contributed Assets and Compliance within the City Development Branch in September 2015. Andrew joined the City of Gold Coast after working for the last 13 years as a lawyer based in Brisbane practicing in planning, environment and local government law.

    During this time Andrew worked predominantly with local governments including the Gold Coast, on a range of planning appeals, enforcement, infrastructure delivery and charging and local law matters.

    Andrew is enjoying the diversity and challenges within City Development and is looking forward to working with his skilled team to deliver great outcomes for the City.

    In his spare time Andrew enjoys kayaking and swinging golf clubs on a lazy Sunday afternoon.


  • 100 Days Industry Presentation

    about 1 month ago
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    More than 100 industry repesentatives attended last Friday's City of Gold Coast industry breakfast to mark 100 days since the City Plan commenced. A presentation by Planning & Environment Director Dyan Currie shared insights on key learnings, application levels, completed initiatives and future projects. Click here to view the full presentation

    More than 100 industry repesentatives attended last Friday's City of Gold Coast industry breakfast to mark 100 days since the City Plan commenced. A presentation by Planning & Environment Director Dyan Currie shared insights on key learnings, application levels, completed initiatives and future projects. Click here to view the full presentation

  • City Plan Version 3

    about 1 month ago
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    On 10 May 2016, Council resolved to adopt Minor & Administrative Update 2, as an amendment to the City Plan.

    Minor & Administrative Update 2 has resulted in approximately 260 changes, mostly administrative in nature, but also changes to incorporate QPP version 4.0.

    City Plan Version 3 incorporates the approved update and supersedes City Plan Version 2.

    View City Plan Version 3City Plan Version 3.

    Minor & Administrative Update 2 is also viewable online .

    NOTABLE CHANGES


    Regulation of building work - Part 1.6

    Part 1.6 has been updated to change the way... Continue reading

    On 10 May 2016, Council resolved to adopt Minor & Administrative Update 2, as an amendment to the City Plan.

    Minor & Administrative Update 2 has resulted in approximately 260 changes, mostly administrative in nature, but also changes to incorporate QPP version 4.0.

    City Plan Version 3 incorporates the approved update and supersedes City Plan Version 2.

    View City Plan Version 3City Plan Version 3.

    Minor & Administrative Update 2 is also viewable online .

    NOTABLE CHANGES


    Regulation of building work - Part 1.6

    Part 1.6 has been updated to change the way the City Plan setbacks apply to structures. For building works applications for structures (such as swimming pools, pergolas and rainwater tanks) associated with single detached dwellings, the setbacks in the Queensland Development Code will apply, rather than the City Plan. The only exception will be when the structure is located in ocean front or canal front areas, where the Coastal erosion hazard overlay code setbacks will continue to apply.

    Density trigger in Low density residential zone - Part 5.5.1(1)

    The Density trigger in the Low density residential zone (Large lot precinct) has been updated to ensure secondary dwellings with a GFA <80m2 are not triggered to impact assessment. This change ensures a consistent approach taken for other residential zones.

    Neighbourhood centre zone density trigger - Part 5.5.5

    Revision to wording in the Neighbourhood centre zone tables of assessment to clarify impact assessment is not triggered for density on sites where the Building height overlay map provides a height equal or greater than 15 metres, 3 storeys.

    Alcohol consumption in internal areas - Part 5.5.5

    Revision to wording in the Neighbourhood centre zone tables of assessment to clarify consumption of alcohol in internal areas of a building does not trigger impact assessment.

    Residential overlay map - Part 6.2.1

    Changes have been made to add a reference to the Residential density overlay map in SO5 and AO5 of the Low density residential zone code. The map provides for variations to the default density in the zone.

    Vegetation clearing ancillary to a Dwelling house - Part 5.10.6, 5.10.7, 5.10.8 & 5.10.9

    Clarifying vegetation clearing associated with the construction of, or ancillary to, a Dwelling house (not involving a secondary dwelling) is not subject to the Environmental significance overlay code.

    Self-assessable vegetation clearing - Part 5.10.6, 5.10.7, 5.10.8 & 5.10.9

    Clarifying vegetation clearing which can satisfy the self-assessable acceptable outcomes of the Vegetation management code is not be subject to the Environmental significant overlay code. Clearing permitted under these self-assessable acceptable outcomes include, vegetation close to property boundaries, vegetation close to pool fencing, pest species vegetation, damage to vegetation for fire safety and dangerous vegetation.

    Assessment criteria for Regional infrastructure overlay - Table 5.10.18

    The table of assessment has been updated to list the Regional infrastructure overlay code as being applicable for code and impact assessable development within the ‘Ferry Road high voltage corridor (Energex)’.

    Setbacks to residential zones - Part 6.2.5 & 6.2.19

    In Neighbourhood centre and Mixed use zones, changes have been made to increase the side setback provisions from 0m to 2m (up to 9.5m in height) where the site does not adjoin the Centre, Neighbourhood centre or Mixed use zones. This aligns with the existing overall outcomes and performance outcomes in these codes.

    Infrastructure connections - Part 9.4.4

    Changes have been made to SO7, PO11 and AO11 of the General development provisions code to clarify which infrastructure connections are envisaged in the different zones. This aligns with the services outlined in the LGIP.

    Bicycle facilities and footpath construction - Part 9.4.13

    Changes have been made to SO9 and SO10 of the Transport code to clarify bicycle facilities and construction of a footpath are not required for a Dwelling house, Secondary dwelling, Dual occupancy and Multiple dwelling (3 dwellings or less).

    QPP v4.0 definitions - Schedule 1

    Dual occupancy, Short-term accommodation, Minor building work and Site cover definitions have been updated to reflect QPP v4.0.

    ‘Corner lot’ definition - Schedule 1

    The ‘corner lot’ definition has been changed to better reflect the City Plan policy position. The new definition is: An allotment located where two or more streets meet, which can be safely accessed from at least two streets in accordance with the Driveways and vehicular crossings code.

    Site cover - Part 6.2.21

    Changes have been made to align SO2 with AO3 providing a site cover of 15% in the Rural residential zone (Rural residential landscape and environment precinct).

    Secondary dwellings - Part 9.3.16

    Changes have been made to the Secondary dwelling code to reflect the policy intent for secondary dwellings in the Medium density residential, High density residential, Rural residential and Rural zones. The change provides a performance based test for scale, rather than setting a maximum GFA.

    ‘Road’ definition - Schedule 1

    The ‘road’ definition has been changed to align with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

    ‘Vegetation’ definition - Schedule 1

    The definition of ‘vegetation’ has been changed to reflect the broader meaning of the term. Previously, the definition was derived from the Vegetation Management Act 1999, which is more specific, for use under that Act. The updated definition is based on the 2003 Planning Scheme definition.

    Airport environs overlay - Schedule 2

    To align with QPP v4.0, changes have been made to the names of two overlay maps. Bird and bat strike area is now Wildlife hazard buffer zones and Light intensity is now Lighting area buffer zones.

    Waste collection - Schedule 6.13

    The update provides further clarity on the considerations required for determining suitable vehicle clearance requirements for waste collection. In addition, the update provides specifications for two bin sizes not included previously.

  • Planning Assessment in City Development undergoes team realignment

    about 1 month ago
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    The Planning Assessment area has undergone a realignment to ensure our customers receive the highest standard of service.

    Teams will now focus on assessing by Divisions rather than Code Assessment, Impact Assessment, Material Change of Use or Subdivision (ROL).

    This structure will ensure greater consistency in decision making and the establishment of relationships with all stakeholders involved in these areas.

    Mick Moran is the Executive Coordinator for Major Assessment while Roger Sharpe is the Executive Coordinator for the Planning Assessment area with the following supervisors in place for each team:

    Fast Track Team - Adam Brown

    Planning North (Divisions 1,2,3,4... Continue reading

    The Planning Assessment area has undergone a realignment to ensure our customers receive the highest standard of service.

    Teams will now focus on assessing by Divisions rather than Code Assessment, Impact Assessment, Material Change of Use or Subdivision (ROL).

    This structure will ensure greater consistency in decision making and the establishment of relationships with all stakeholders involved in these areas.

    Mick Moran is the Executive Coordinator for Major Assessment while Roger Sharpe is the Executive Coordinator for the Planning Assessment area with the following supervisors in place for each team:

    Fast Track Team - Adam Brown

    Planning North (Divisions 1,2,3,4 and 5) Broc Smith & Richard Webber

    Planning Central (Divisions 6,7,8 and 10) Steve Brett

    Planning South (Divisions 9,11,12,13 and 14) Wiremu Cherrington

    Planning Enquiries Centre - Germaine Ragg

    City Plan Transition Leader - Di Kling


  • Mayoral Technical Advisory Group to continue

    3 months ago
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    The Mayoral Technical Advisory Committee (MTAG) will continue to provide technical advice regarding the ongoing development of the City Plan and its first planned major update. MTAG will meet regularly over the coming months while City Plan is bedded in with the next meeting to be held on Tuesday 19 April.

    The composition of MTAG has changed as a result of the election and now comprises of:

    • Cr Cameron Caldwell (Chairperson)
    • Cr Donna Gates (Deputy Chairperson)
    • Mayor Tom Tate
    • Mr Peter Bell, Consultant, Place Design Group (planner)
    • Mr Rangi Campbell, Director,... Continue reading

    The Mayoral Technical Advisory Committee (MTAG) will continue to provide technical advice regarding the ongoing development of the City Plan and its first planned major update. MTAG will meet regularly over the coming months while City Plan is bedded in with the next meeting to be held on Tuesday 19 April.

    The composition of MTAG has changed as a result of the election and now comprises of:

    • Cr Cameron Caldwell (Chairperson)
    • Cr Donna Gates (Deputy Chairperson)
    • Mayor Tom Tate
    • Mr Peter Bell, Consultant, Place Design Group (planner)
    • Mr Rangi Campbell, Director, Ocean Park Consulting (engineer)
    • Ms Amy Degenhart, Director, degenhartSHEDD (architecture)
    • Mr Brent Hailey, Director, Potter Group (engineering and construction)
    • Mr Steve Harrison, Director, iLiv Group, Chair UDIA (engineer)
    • Mr Michael Nash, Director and Town Planner, Urban Planning Services Pty Ltd (planning)
    • Mr Finn Jones, President, UDIA
    • Mr Mitch Bray, Manager of East Coast Operations, ARCARDIS

  • Who is on the City Planning Committee?

    3 months ago
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    The City Planning Committee composition and responsibilities were announced at the post-election meeting of the Council of the City of Gold Coast on Monday 4 April.

    Cr Cameron Caldwell returns as Chairperson with Cr Donna Gates confirmed as Deputy Chairperson. Committee members include Mayor Tom Tate, Cr William Owen-Jones, Cr Peter Young, Cr Gary Baildon, Cr Paul Taylor, Cr Hermann Vorster and Cr Gail O’Neill.

    The Committee’s responsibilities will include:

    • Development Assessment
    • Building compliance
    • Bushfire strategy and assessment
    • City Placemaking
    • City Plan review and amendments
    • Development compliance
    • Ecological assessment
    • Environment protection and planning
    • Flood policy and mitigation planning
    • Local government... Continue reading

    The City Planning Committee composition and responsibilities were announced at the post-election meeting of the Council of the City of Gold Coast on Monday 4 April.

    Cr Cameron Caldwell returns as Chairperson with Cr Donna Gates confirmed as Deputy Chairperson. Committee members include Mayor Tom Tate, Cr William Owen-Jones, Cr Peter Young, Cr Gary Baildon, Cr Paul Taylor, Cr Hermann Vorster and Cr Gail O’Neill.

    The Committee’s responsibilities will include:

    • Development Assessment
    • Building compliance
    • Bushfire strategy and assessment
    • City Placemaking
    • City Plan review and amendments
    • Development compliance
    • Ecological assessment
    • Environment protection and planning
    • Flood policy and mitigation planning
    • Local government Infrastructure plan and operation
    • Landscape strategy and assessment
    • Nature conservation
    • Strategic land use planning
    • Plumbing and drainage
    • State Government Regional Planning inputs
    • Tree clearing
    • Urban design assessment
    • Urban Heritage and Character
    The first meeting for the new-look City Planning Committe will be on Tuesday 19th April.
  • Introducing Amanda Tzannes

    3 months ago
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    Amanda Tzannes is the new Executive Coordinator City and Regional Planning within the City Planning Branch and has recently joined the City of Gold Coast after working for the last 2 1/2 years as the Manager Planning for the SEQ South Region in 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 was also employed with the City of Gold Coast from 1999 – 2003.

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

    Amanda Tzannes is the new Executive Coordinator City and Regional Planning within the City Planning Branch and has recently joined the City of Gold Coast after working for the last 2 1/2 years as the Manager Planning for the SEQ South Region in 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 was also employed with the City of Gold Coast from 1999 – 2003.

    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.

    In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, exercising and travelling (or dreaming about) to far off places.