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.


  • City Plan twelve months on

    7 days 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

    8 days 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

    8 days 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

    25 days 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

    28 days 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.


  • Level of assessment for boundary realignments

    about 1 month ago
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    City officers have received queries on determining the level of assessment for boundary realignments – that is, rearranging the boundaries of a lot that does not result in any additional lots being created. Accordingly, the following advice is provided:

    Under City Plan section 5.6 Levels of assessment - Reconfiguring a lot, Table 5.6.1, the types of reconfiguring a lot that are code assessable includes:

    Any reconfiguring a lot that…: (a) rearranges the boundaries of a lot and results in no additional lots…

    In this table, any of the types of reconfiguring a lot that... Continue reading

    City officers have received queries on determining the level of assessment for boundary realignments – that is, rearranging the boundaries of a lot that does not result in any additional lots being created. Accordingly, the following advice is provided:

    Under City Plan section 5.6 Levels of assessment - Reconfiguring a lot, Table 5.6.1, the types of reconfiguring a lot that are code assessable includes:

    Any reconfiguring a lot that…: (a) rearranges the boundaries of a lot and results in no additional lots…

    In this table, any of the types of reconfiguring a lot that are listed under the code assessment heading qualify as being code assessable. This level of assessment is provided across all zones. The minimum lot size does not apply to boundary realignments.

    The assessment criteria is also provided in this table. It is important to note that applicants will still need to demonstrate compliance with the applicable criteria. That is, the code assessable level of assessment does not negate the need to demonstrate compliance with the lot design requirements in the applicable zone code.


  • Level of assessment for lots designated to Council or State

    about 1 month ago
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    Council has also received queries in the relation to the level of assessment for the creation of lots in open space and conservation zones within a broader subdivision, where those lots are to be dedicated to Council or State. This can be a common occurrence for large subdivision proposals over sites that have more than one zoning.

    The following note is included within section 5.6 Levels of assessment - Reconfiguring a lot, Table 5.6.1: The lot size referenced does not apply to land that is to be dedicated to Council or State for open space or infrastructure... Continue reading

    Council has also received queries in the relation to the level of assessment for the creation of lots in open space and conservation zones within a broader subdivision, where those lots are to be dedicated to Council or State. This can be a common occurrence for large subdivision proposals over sites that have more than one zoning.

    The following note is included within section 5.6 Levels of assessment - Reconfiguring a lot, Table 5.6.1: The lot size referenced does not apply to land that is to be dedicated to Council or State for open space or infrastructure purposes.

    Provided the lot is to be dedicated to Council or State for open space or infrastructure purposes (for example, for a recreational park, stormwater device, sewerage pump station, etc.) the development application can remain as code assessable, regardless of the proposed lot size. The area needed for open space or infrastructure will still need to meet the relevant City Plan requirements.

    Where the lot is not to be dedicated to Council or State for open space or infrastructure purposes, it will be subject to the requirements included in Table 5.6.1. For example, a proposed residential allotment in the Open space zone will trigger impact assessment.

    This aligns with how material change of use proposals are treated in these situations – refer to http://www.gchaveyoursay.com.au/industryhub/news_feed/sites-included-in-more-than-one-zone


  • Planning Act Alignment Update

    about 1 month ago
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    The Planning Act 2016 is set to replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 on 3 July 2017. It will introduce changes to how development applications are assessed.

    The City Plan team are undertaking a project to align City Plan with the new legislation. This requires updates to terminology and strengthening codes to facilitate bounded code assessment. Bounded assessment requires assessment only against the prescribed matters set out within the codes.

    The alignment update is set to be completed to coincide with the commencement of the new Act on 3 July 2017. A minor and administrative update will also commence in... Continue reading

    The Planning Act 2016 is set to replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 on 3 July 2017. It will introduce changes to how development applications are assessed.

    The City Plan team are undertaking a project to align City Plan with the new legislation. This requires updates to terminology and strengthening codes to facilitate bounded code assessment. Bounded assessment requires assessment only against the prescribed matters set out within the codes.

    The alignment update is set to be completed to coincide with the commencement of the new Act on 3 July 2017. A minor and administrative update will also commence in conjunction with the alignment update, which will primarily look at grammatical improvements and minor mapping updates.

    For any other improvement suggestions, please continue to use the Improve our City Plan portal (link below), or contact the City Plan team on 5582 8944.

    https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/contact-planning/improve-our-city-plan.aspx


  • Superseded requests

    about 1 month ago
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    On Thursday 2 February 2017 it will be 12 months since the new planning scheme (City Plan) came into effect. Therefore, Requests to Apply a Superseded Planning Scheme under section 95 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, whereby a person may request that a proposed development be assessed and decided under the superseded planning scheme (Gold Coast Planning Scheme 2003 and City Plan Version 1) will cease at midnight Thursday 2nd February 2017.

    A Request to Apply a Superseded Planning Scheme must be lodged and the $2,431.00 fee paid by this date and may be agreed to, or... Continue reading

    On Thursday 2 February 2017 it will be 12 months since the new planning scheme (City Plan) came into effect. Therefore, Requests to Apply a Superseded Planning Scheme under section 95 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, whereby a person may request that a proposed development be assessed and decided under the superseded planning scheme (Gold Coast Planning Scheme 2003 and City Plan Version 1) will cease at midnight Thursday 2nd February 2017.

    A Request to Apply a Superseded Planning Scheme must be lodged and the $2,431.00 fee paid by this date and may be agreed to, or refused within 30 business days.

    Applicants can still lodge a Request to Apply a Superseded Planning Scheme under City Plan Version 2.


  • Procedure for contractors and consultants to report failures or faults to Gold Coast Water and Waste's live water supply and sewerage infrastructure

    2 months ago
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    Contractors and engineering consultants please be aware that operational faults or failures to the City’s live water supply and sewerage networks requiring an urgent response are to be reported to Gold Coast Water and Waste on 1300 000 928 to conduct the necessary urgent repairs. Operational faults or failures requiring an urgent response include the gushing of water and sewer spills. This applies to all live infrastructure, whether deemed on or off maintenance.

    Operational repairs undertaken by Gold Coast Water and Waste as a result of damage from a contractor, or damage to infrastructure... Continue reading

    Contractors and engineering consultants please be aware that operational faults or failures to the City’s live water supply and sewerage networks requiring an urgent response are to be reported to Gold Coast Water and Waste on 1300 000 928 to conduct the necessary urgent repairs. Operational faults or failures requiring an urgent response include the gushing of water and sewer spills. This applies to all live infrastructure, whether deemed on or off maintenance.

    Operational repairs undertaken by Gold Coast Water and Waste as a result of damage from a contractor, or damage to infrastructure that is deemed ‘on-maintenance’, will be invoiced to the contractor.

    Non-urgent defects that can be repaired by the contractor for assets that are ‘on-maintenance’ include damaged meter boxes or lids, lowering or raising of valves/manholes/hydrants/meters, damage to sewer lids, or slow leaking at meter box/stop tap/ fire hydrant/etc. Those non-urgent defects that require shutting down the network will require connection applications to be submitted to Gold Coast Water and Waste’s Asset Audit and Handover Section for approval. Note that only Gold Coast Water and Waste are permitted to operate and shut down their networks.