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
  • 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
  • news.
To become a member of this important hub, please click on 'register to get involved' now.


  • The Urban Ground Guideline

    26 days ago
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    It is important that every development positively contributes to shaping our city, protecting and celebrating our enviable lifestyle through a renewed focus at the ground level. The ground level (i.e. the lower 16 metres of a building) is where the community and tourists that visit our city truly experience what we have to offer. To ensure that our city is known for its excellent and innovative spaces, new buildings must create highly desirable pedestrian experiences that capitalise on our sub-tropical climate.

    As it is critical that new buildings enhance the amenity that drives investment of these places in the first...


    It is important that every development positively contributes to shaping our city, protecting and celebrating our enviable lifestyle through a renewed focus at the ground level. The ground level (i.e. the lower 16 metres of a building) is where the community and tourists that visit our city truly experience what we have to offer. To ensure that our city is known for its excellent and innovative spaces, new buildings must create highly desirable pedestrian experiences that capitalise on our sub-tropical climate.

    As it is critical that new buildings enhance the amenity that drives investment of these places in the first instance, the Urban Ground Guideline encourages best practice in the design of medium-rise and high-rise development. It guides how this type of development can better integrate with street level and frame the public realm to deliver responsive and well considered street frontages rather than continuous monotonous facades that are cluttered with vehicle entries and services. Outlined in this guideline are important design and planning principles that support a range of podium or street interface development, depending on the location and context of the site. The illustrations aim to assist mutually beneficial discussions between the City of Gold Coast and development applicants on the appropriate form of development for their sites.

    The Urban Ground Guideline is endorsed and supported by the Queensland State Government and the Australian Institute of Architects.

    "The Urban Ground Guideline is an essential policy document that will guide the City of Gold Coast in delivering urban amenity excellence for all users of the city – residents, tourists, business owners and local government. This is particularly important for the Gold Coast as the city seeks to enhance the character of its unique high-rise to beach urban setting.

    It is important that the Gold Coast continues to advance the high-rise tower form that has become synonymous with the city over many decades. Creating ‘life on the street’ will be critical in catalysing future urban renewal precincts and in positioning the Gold Coast as one of the premier tourism destinations within SEQ, nationally and internationally. The City of Gold Coast is commended for this new Urban Ground Guideline.”

    - Malcolm Middleton, Queensland Government Architect


  • Over 65 per cent of improvement suggestions have commenced through the City Plan update program

    26 days ago
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    In a recent report to Council, City officers provided an update on the progress of City Plan improvement suggestions and the current City Plan work program. Since 30 July 2015, 1,158 suggestions have been submitted to inform improvements to the City Plan.

    As of 1 December 2018, 757 (65 per cent) of these suggestions have been addressed through major, minor and administrative amendments, which have commenced to create new versions of City Plan.

    A further 401 items are allocated to either existing or future City Plan updates for investigation.

    Major update 2 & 3 is currently undergoing State interest review...


    In a recent report to Council, City officers provided an update on the progress of City Plan improvement suggestions and the current City Plan work program. Since 30 July 2015, 1,158 suggestions have been submitted to inform improvements to the City Plan.

    As of 1 December 2018, 757 (65 per cent) of these suggestions have been addressed through major, minor and administrative amendments, which have commenced to create new versions of City Plan.

    A further 401 items are allocated to either existing or future City Plan updates for investigation.

    Major update 2 & 3 is currently undergoing State interest review and will address 119 improvement suggestions. The content of Major update 2 & 3 can be viewed on City’s website.

    A further 37 improvement suggestions will be addressed in Major update 4, which is currently in the planning and preparation stage and will be submitted for State interest review upon the commencement of Major update 2 & 3.

    The city currently has 10 update packages progressing or in the planning and preparation phase.

    1. LGIP Stormwater Quality is undergoing submissions review

    2. Minor and Administrative update 6 is in the planning and preparation stage

    3. Major update 2 & 3 are undergoing State interest review

    4. Minor and administrative update 7 to commence with Major 2 & 3 is in the planning and preparation stage

    5. Major update to City Plan Policies to support Major update 2 & 3 is in the planning and preparation stage

    6. Major coastal hazard update is undergoing state interest review

    7. Major update to City Plan Policies to support Major coastal hazard update is in the planning and preparation stage

    8. Major Update 4 is in the planning and preparation stage

    9. Major Update 5 is in the planning and preparation stage and will run concurrently with Major update 4

    10. Major update designing for flood is in the planning and preparation stage

    View the current City Plan update timeline here.

    We encourage you to get involved by suggesting improvements for future updates. All suggestions will be considered by City of Gold Coast as part of the ongoing program of updates to City Plan.

    Any changes resulting from your suggestion will be scheduled into the applicable (administrative, minor or major) update package and endorsed by Council. It is important to note that the Strategic Urban and Regional Planning teams work closely with the State Government to facilitate the implementation of these update packages in line with the Minister’s Guidelines and Rules for amending a local government planning scheme.

  • New pre-lodgement meeting service

    by mobrien, 2 months ago
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    From 19 November 2018, the City will begin operating a new and improved pre-lodgement meeting service.

    This service provides applicants and their consultant team the opportunity to meet with City officers early in the development process and receive feedback and information requirements prior to lodging a development application.

    Effective pre-lodgement meetings will reduce the amount of information requests and the time required by the City to complete the assessment of the application, thereby reducing costs to the applicant and the City through improved efficiency. This service will also assist the City in meeting the reduced legislative timeframes for assessing development...


    From 19 November 2018, the City will begin operating a new and improved pre-lodgement meeting service.

    This service provides applicants and their consultant team the opportunity to meet with City officers early in the development process and receive feedback and information requirements prior to lodging a development application.

    Effective pre-lodgement meetings will reduce the amount of information requests and the time required by the City to complete the assessment of the application, thereby reducing costs to the applicant and the City through improved efficiency. This service will also assist the City in meeting the reduced legislative timeframes for assessing development applications.

    How the new service will work

    A dedicated Technical Pre-lodgement Meeting Officer (TPMO) will be responsible for arranging and coordinating pre-lodgement meetings, providing a single point of contact for this service. The TPMO will provide the applicant with an agenda, set expectations for discussion, and co-ordinate accurate minutes shortly after the meeting.

    The planner assigned to the pre-lodgement meeting will contact the applicant 24 hours prior to the meeting to advise of key issues as well as any resolved issues during an internal pre-meeting. Any resolved issues may reduce the attendance for both the applicant’s consultant team and City officers.

    Most pre-lodgement meetings will occur within a dedicated pre-lodgement meeting room which will include the relevant IT equipment to display drawings and materials included as part of the pre-lodgement request. A supervising planner or senior planner will chair the meeting, with discussions following the meeting agenda.

    The way applicant’s structure agenda questions for a pre-lodgement meeting benefits the efficiency and effectiveness of the meeting. A well-structured agenda question will give the City officers better direction in considering an applicant’s request, resulting in more accurate discussions and advice. For more information, download the guide to structuring agenda questions.

    City officers will base their comments and advice on the information lodged with the pre-lodgement meeting request. New drawings/supporting material showing a changed proposal tabled at the meeting will be minuted and assessment comments will be provided at a later stage outside of the pre-lodgement meeting service.

    To assist in better coordination between pre-lodgement meeting advice and the subsequent assessment of the development application, minutes provided to the applicant now includes an area for the applicant to provide a response. Applicants are encouraged to complete this section and include a copy of the minutes as part of their application material, identifying how the proposal responds to the pre-lodgement advice.

    Applicants have two ways to lodge a pre-lodgement meeting request:

    1. Email: Applications are accepted via email to townplanningmeeting@goldcoast.qld.gov.au and should contain the City’s Pre-lodgement Meeting application form, drawings, plans and any supporting documents required. This option is available for applicants who wish to receive an invoice from City for payment of their application fees to be made later and not immediately at the time of lodgement of the request. Payment of fees needs to occur before the pre-lodgement meeting is scheduled.

    2. E-Services: City’s online application form. All documents can be submitted directly to the City via an online portal. At this time this service only contains a pay now option, requiring immediate payment of the application fee in order for your application to proceed.

    Next steps

    The new process applies to all pre-lodgement meeting requests lodged from 19 November 2018.

    Further opportunities to expand the City’s pre-lodgement meeting service are being investigated and further improvements will occur in 2019.

    If you have any questions regarding the new service please contact either Amanda Antcliff on telephone 07 55828956, Dale Schroeder on telephone 07 5582 8670, or Di Kling on telephone 07 5582 8415.

  • City Building Seminar - October

    by mobrien, 3 months ago
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    Green Grid: Rethinking the construct of an evolving city

    Presented by Nathalie Ward, Director, Lat27, Registered Landscape Architect and Fellow of The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (FAILA)

    The Green Grid is a strategy to increase the quantity, quality and interconnectedness of central Brisbane’s open space to sustain the city’s liveability, preserve natural systems within the city and build in resilience to the impacts of climate change.

    Globally, cities recognise the importance of green city strategies in terms of defining city image and creating sustainable urban environments that support community health and provide positive places for people to live and...


    Green Grid: Rethinking the construct of an evolving city

    Presented by Nathalie Ward, Director, Lat27, Registered Landscape Architect and Fellow of The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (FAILA)

    The Green Grid is a strategy to increase the quantity, quality and interconnectedness of central Brisbane’s open space to sustain the city’s liveability, preserve natural systems within the city and build in resilience to the impacts of climate change.

    Globally, cities recognise the importance of green city strategies in terms of defining city image and creating sustainable urban environments that support community health and provide positive places for people to live and work. Brisbane’s unique balance between urban and natural, fusion of indoor and outdoor is a key celebration of its subtropical climate. It influences daily life and is critical to the city’s image and future liveability.

    With projected densification, it is important that the natural systems around Brisbane work in parallel with infrastructure to support the goal of a sustainable city into the future. The Green Grid provides the shift in thinking required to move towards sustainable practices.

    Nathalie Ward FAILA Bio
    Nathalie is a Director of Lat27, a creative practice that delivers solutions grounded in the realities of place, time and people and the practical application of innovative thought. She is passionate about the role that design can play in creating sustainable and meaningful places that inspire the people who use them and demonstrate a longer-term view. Her experience working in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Australia over the last 25+ years has given her a deep understanding of culture and context that enhances the projects she is involved in.

    Date: Thursday, 25 October 2018

    Time: 12:30pm presentation

    Venue: HOTA, Home of the Arts - 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

    RSVP: oca@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

  • LGIP Stormwater quality draft amendment to the City Plan

    by mobrien, 4 months ago
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    The City of Gold Coast recently endorsed the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) Stormwater quality draft amendment to the City Plan to go out for public consultation. This amendment has been approved by the Minister to progress to public consultation.

    The LGIP Stormwater quality draft amendment is open for public comment until Tuesday 13 November 2018. All LGIP artefacts can be found the City website.

    Community information events will be held during the consultation period to provide the opportunity for face-to-face discussion.

    Community information event details:

    Date

    Time

    Location

    Wednesday 10 Oct

    2:00pm – 4:00pm

    Nerang Council Office,...


    The City of Gold Coast recently endorsed the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) Stormwater quality draft amendment to the City Plan to go out for public consultation. This amendment has been approved by the Minister to progress to public consultation.

    The LGIP Stormwater quality draft amendment is open for public comment until Tuesday 13 November 2018. All LGIP artefacts can be found the City website.

    Community information events will be held during the consultation period to provide the opportunity for face-to-face discussion.

    Community information event details:

    Date

    Time

    Location

    Wednesday 10 Oct

    2:00pm – 4:00pm

    Nerang Council Office, G.6

    Friday 12 Oct

    11:00am – 1:00pm

    Council Public Office, Karp Court G.3

    Tuesday 16 Oct

    11:00am – 1:00pm

    Council Public Office, Karp Court G.3

    Friday 19 Oct

    9:00am – 11:00am

    Nerang Council Office, G.6

    Following public consultation, we will review every properly made submission and make changes to the draft amendment if required. The City will then seek final approval from State Government to proceed to adoption of the LGIP Stormwater quality draft amendment.

    For more information on the LGIP, please email strategicinfrastructure@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone Strategic Infrastructure team on (07) 5582 8229.

  • Water and Waste to enforce the supply of calcareous aggregate concrete

    by mobrien, 4 months ago
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    From 1 October 2018, Water and Waste will start to enforce the supply of calcareous aggregate concrete on sewer infrastructure projects on the Gold Coast.

    City of Gold Coast’s Water and Waste Directorate currently maintains more than 69,000 maintenance holes. Under certain conditions, gases in the sewerage system can cause corrosion of these assets. By specifying calcareous aggregate concrete for new sewer maintenance holes, this increases their resistance to acidic corrosion, resulting in reduced ongoing maintenance costs.

    Contractors need to start procuring calcareous aggregate concrete as specified in the SEQ Code IPAM List, available from http://www.seqcode.com.au/products/. Refer...


    From 1 October 2018, Water and Waste will start to enforce the supply of calcareous aggregate concrete on sewer infrastructure projects on the Gold Coast.

    City of Gold Coast’s Water and Waste Directorate currently maintains more than 69,000 maintenance holes. Under certain conditions, gases in the sewerage system can cause corrosion of these assets. By specifying calcareous aggregate concrete for new sewer maintenance holes, this increases their resistance to acidic corrosion, resulting in reduced ongoing maintenance costs.

    Contractors need to start procuring calcareous aggregate concrete as specified in the SEQ Code IPAM List, available from http://www.seqcode.com.au/products/. Refer to category “SEWERAGE MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS”, specifically ‘Pre-cast Maintenance Holes’, and ‘Cast in-situ MH’s (Concrete-special class)’.

    Further information can be provided to you at your next project pre-start meeting. If you have any queries please contact Coordinator Asset Audit & Handover, Nathan Pearson on (07) 5582 8145.

  • Flood overlay maps

    by mobrien, 4 months ago
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    City Plan Version 6 includes updated flood overlay maps developed utilising a more robust software platform, up-to-date flood related topographic, land use, technological and hydrological data.

    The updated mapping considers future changes to climate, incorporating the projected increase in sea level of 0.8m above present day levels by 2,100 established by the State Government in 2015.

    The updated mapping also includes the State Governments projected 10 per cent storm tide intensity and 10 per cent rainfall intensity, based on advice from industry representatives.

    To view the updated mapping, visit http://cityplanmaps.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/CityPlan/index.html


    City Plan Version 6 includes updated flood overlay maps developed utilising a more robust software platform, up-to-date flood related topographic, land use, technological and hydrological data.

    The updated mapping considers future changes to climate, incorporating the projected increase in sea level of 0.8m above present day levels by 2,100 established by the State Government in 2015.

    The updated mapping also includes the State Governments projected 10 per cent storm tide intensity and 10 per cent rainfall intensity, based on advice from industry representatives.

    To view the updated mapping, visit http://cityplanmaps.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/CityPlan/index.html

  • City Plan Version 6

    by mobrien, 4 months ago
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    City Plan Version 6 commenced yesterday and incorporates Major Update 1 & 1B and Minor and Administrative Update 5.

    The new version includes updated Flood overlay mapping, revisions to improve development outcomes for housing on lots less than 400m2 (small lot houses) and refinements to the residential density provisions and subdivision requirements within the Low density residential zone.

    Below is a full summary of the changes.

    Item

    Summary

    Small lot housing review

    Updated various parts of City Plan to improve development outcomes for housing on lots less than 400m2 (small lot houses).

    Party house land use controls

    Integrates...


    City Plan Version 6 commenced yesterday and incorporates Major Update 1 & 1B and Minor and Administrative Update 5.

    The new version includes updated Flood overlay mapping, revisions to improve development outcomes for housing on lots less than 400m2 (small lot houses) and refinements to the residential density provisions and subdivision requirements within the Low density residential zone.

    Below is a full summary of the changes.

    Item

    Summary

    Small lot housing review

    Updated various parts of City Plan to improve development outcomes for housing on lots less than 400m2 (small lot houses).

    Party house land use controls

    Integrates party house land use controls, Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) No. 4 (party houses) 2018, into the City Plan.

    Flood overlay

    Updates to flood overlay mapping to reflect up-to-date data and State Government criteria, with consequential changes to the flood code.

    Burleigh Heads Village character

    New provisions to reinforce the unique character and values of the Burleigh Heads Village in line with community aspirations and values.

    Tugun Village character

    New provisions to reinforce the unique character and values of the Tugun Village in line with community aspirations and values.

    Transport definitions

    New administrative definitions to assist in the interpretation of the transport code.

    Gold Coast Cultural Precinct

    Changes to align City Plan with the endorsed 2014 Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Masterplan Design Report.

    Building over or near City infrastructure

    Inclusion of provisions which ensure development is located and designed to protect City infrastructure.

    Social, community and public supporting uses

    Reduced levels of assessment for social, community and public supportive land uses on public land within certain zones.

    Setbacks in medium and high density residential zones

    Amendments to the medium and high density residential zone codes to allow a minimum 6 metre front setback for covered car parking.

    Remove reference to Wave Break Island for the Integrated Resort Development at the Broadwater

    Updates to the Strategic framework to remove reference to Wave Break Island being investigated for an Integrated Resort Development or cruise ship terminal.

    Hours of operation for accepted commercial uses in district centres

    Update to apply a closing time of midnight for accepted commercial land uses in district centres.

    Categories of development and assessment certain subdivisions

    Updates to include certain lease, access easement, community title and volumetric subdivisions as code assessable development in the medium density and high density residential zones.

    Emerging community zone setback / site cover provisions

    Updates to residential setback and site cover provisions for lots that have been subdivided.

    Categories of development and assessment for Utility installations affected by overlays

    Updates to reduce level of assessment for City delivered utility installations.

    The Biggera Waters Centre and Surrounding Land Study

    Change to the designation of Biggera Waters to a specialist centre and updates to zoning, height and density of the surrounding lands.

    Alignment of density and lot size in the low density residential zone

    Refinements to the residential density provisions and subdivision requirements within the low density residential zone.


  • City Building Seminar - September

    by mobrien, 4 months ago
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    Cities facing water: prospects for urban development

    Presented by Professor Joerg Baumeister, Head of Griffith Architecture and SeaCities Leader at the Cities Research Institute

    Griffith University’s Cities Research Institute has identified coastal cities and resilience as one of its strategic research priorities and, as such, is interested in exploring Gold Coast’s interface between Water and Cities.

    While this interface includes new vulnerabilities associated with the impacts of anthropogenic climate change, it offers also great prospects for new urban built forms. Examples from overseas like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Hamburg demonstrate how to recognise the amenity...


    Cities facing water: prospects for urban development

    Presented by Professor Joerg Baumeister, Head of Griffith Architecture and SeaCities Leader at the Cities Research Institute

    Griffith University’s Cities Research Institute has identified coastal cities and resilience as one of its strategic research priorities and, as such, is interested in exploring Gold Coast’s interface between Water and Cities.

    While this interface includes new vulnerabilities associated with the impacts of anthropogenic climate change, it offers also great prospects for new urban built forms. Examples from overseas like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Hamburg demonstrate how to recognise the amenity of river and canal frontage. Valuing these canal and river waterways and combining water features with higher urban densities could improve the urban diversity and suit at the same time our outdoor lifestyle and sub-tropical climate. Will this be relevant to Gold Coast’s future?

    Joerg Baumeister’s Bio
    Joerg Baumeister has been researching, practising, educating and exploring Urban Design and Architecture for more than 20 years in Europe, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and Asia. This cross-cultural experience is combined with the approach to fuse research, higher education, and implementation in order to create feed-back loops for future developments to evolve the fields of Urban Design and Architecture.

    Before Joerg’s start at Griffith University one year ago he was Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre, UWA and has attracted multi-million dollar industry grants for multi-disciplinary projects with government institutions and several research institutions which have been implemented, published in books, government reports and journal articles.

    Date: Thursday, 27 September 2018

    Time: 12.30pm presentation

    Venue: HOTA, Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

    RSVP: oca@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

  • Water and Waste Better Business Breakfast

    by mobrien, 5 months ago
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    Water and Waste would like to extend an invitation to two representatives from your organisation to attend our complimentary Better Business Breakfast.

    The City of Gold Coast is inspired to help your business win the war on waste and is pleased to present guest speakers who will provide proactive solutions for sustainable operations.

    As a provider of your essential services, we will also be updating you on:

    • Our new ICT solution to support major customer property and revenue functions
    • Digital city and smart metering
    • Tariff reform update

    Exhibitors will also...


    Water and Waste would like to extend an invitation to two representatives from your organisation to attend our complimentary Better Business Breakfast.

    The City of Gold Coast is inspired to help your business win the war on waste and is pleased to present guest speakers who will provide proactive solutions for sustainable operations.

    As a provider of your essential services, we will also be updating you on:

    • Our new ICT solution to support major customer property and revenue functions
    • Digital city and smart metering
    • Tariff reform update

    Exhibitors will also be on-site providing the opportunity to interact with key personnel in the following areas:

    • Trade waste
    • Scientific laboratory services
    • Waste and recycling initiatives and services
    • Recycled water expansion network

    Places are limited. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about new changes and what this will mean for your business.

    RSVP now to secure your seats.

    Date: 12 September 2018

    Time: 7.30am doors open 8.00am breakfast/presentations

    Where: Southport Golf Club, Slatyer Avenue, Southport.

    RSVP: 3 September 2018 wwbusiness@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or call 07 5582 8122

    Please list any dietary requirements when you RSVP.