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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  • Industry Breakfast

    9 days ago
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    Don’t forget to RSVP for the City of Gold Coast Industry breakfast to mark 100 days since the City Plan commenced.

    City Planning Committee Chairperson and Division 3 Councillor Cameron Caldwell and City of Gold Coast Planning & Environment Director Dyan Currie will share insights on the experiences to date and the path ahead.

    Date: Friday 27 May 2016
    Time: 7.00am (7.30am start)
    Venue: Kurrawa Terrace
    Kurrawa beach (north side of Kurrawa Surf Club)
    RSVP: mcousins@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
    No later than COB Monday 2016
    (Numbers are limited so please RSVP early to avoid disappointment)


    Don’t forget to RSVP for the City of Gold Coast Industry breakfast to mark 100 days since the City Plan commenced.

    City Planning Committee Chairperson and Division 3 Councillor Cameron Caldwell and City of Gold Coast Planning & Environment Director Dyan Currie will share insights on the experiences to date and the path ahead.

    Date: Friday 27 May 2016
    Time: 7.00am (7.30am start)
    Venue: Kurrawa Terrace
    Kurrawa beach (north side of Kurrawa Surf Club)
    RSVP: mcousins@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
    No later than COB Monday 2016
    (Numbers are limited so please RSVP early to avoid disappointment)


  • City Plan Version 3

    9 days 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

    23 days 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

    about 1 month 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?

    about 1 month 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

    about 1 month 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.


  • City Building Seminars

    2 months ago
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    Our Urban Design Seminars have undergone a transformation. These new seminars will showcase exemplar city building initiatives with incredible speakers from leading industry institutions.

    Join the City Building Seminars team and special guest James Larmour-Reid Director of Planisphere on 21 April 2016 for a look at Understanding Place DNA. Place DNA analyses what makes a place different or distinctive, and generates planning and design policies that build on and strengthen those distinctions.


    Our Urban Design Seminars have undergone a transformation. These new seminars will showcase exemplar city building initiatives with incredible speakers from leading industry institutions.

    Join the City Building Seminars team and special guest James Larmour-Reid Director of Planisphere on 21 April 2016 for a look at Understanding Place DNA. Place DNA analyses what makes a place different or distinctive, and generates planning and design policies that build on and strengthen those distinctions.


  • Land Development Guidelines to undergo a review

    2 months ago
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    The City of Gold Coast has commenced a detailed review of the Land Development Guidelines (LDG). The LDG is a policy within City Plan that contains the suite of design and construction standards used for development assessment.

    This review will be undertaken by an external consultant and aims to identify all the critical issues and key areas for improvement.

    We will be seeking feedback to help determine key areas of change and how we can achieve best practice. To provide general feedback on the LDG please email cityplan@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

    A targeted survey will be circulated over the coming weeks, further details... Continue reading

    The City of Gold Coast has commenced a detailed review of the Land Development Guidelines (LDG). The LDG is a policy within City Plan that contains the suite of design and construction standards used for development assessment.

    This review will be undertaken by an external consultant and aims to identify all the critical issues and key areas for improvement.

    We will be seeking feedback to help determine key areas of change and how we can achieve best practice. To provide general feedback on the LDG please email cityplan@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

    A targeted survey will be circulated over the coming weeks, further details will be provided in the next Planning and Development Alert.



  • Council resolves to propose Major Update 1 to City Plan

    3 months ago
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    As part of the City of Gold Coast's commitment to ensuring the City Plan remains an agile, contemporary planning instrument, Council, at its meeting on 4 March 2016, resolved to propose the first major update (Major Update 1) to the plan. Council also resolved to prepare an administrative update (Administrative Update 2) to the City Plan which will integrate changes made to the QPP and is expected to commence in May.

    City Officers will now work with the State government to progress the detailed content of Major Update 1 which includes:

    (a) Small Lot Housing review
    (b) Party House land... Continue reading

    As part of the City of Gold Coast's commitment to ensuring the City Plan remains an agile, contemporary planning instrument, Council, at its meeting on 4 March 2016, resolved to propose the first major update (Major Update 1) to the plan. Council also resolved to prepare an administrative update (Administrative Update 2) to the City Plan which will integrate changes made to the QPP and is expected to commence in May.

    City Officers will now work with the State government to progress the detailed content of Major Update 1 which includes:

    (a) Small Lot Housing review
    (b) Party House land use controls
    (c) Flood and Coastal erosion hazard overlay maps
    (d) Level of assessment for community based land uses
    (e) Burleigh Heads Village character
    (f) Tugun character
    (g) High priority policy adjustments

    All updates to the City Plan are required by legislation to follow the State government process – Making and amending local planning instruments (MALPI). The MALPI process for a major update is rigorous and is subject to a number of State interest reviews along with public consultation.

    To follow the progress of the update process visit the City of Gold Coast website www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/cityplan


  • Improve our City Plan

    3 months ago
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    Improve our City Plan

    The City welcomes enquiries and suggestions on how to improve the City Plan. All enquiries can be made via the Improve our City Plan web form.


    Improve our City Plan

    The City welcomes enquiries and suggestions on how to improve the City Plan. All enquiries can be made via the Improve our City Plan web form.