City Plan major updates

Consultation has concluded


The City of Gold Coast (City) invites you to have your say on the first major updates to the City Plan.

The City is committed to an ongoing program of regular updates to ensure the City Plan remains current and responsive to community aspirations and emerging opportunities.

There are three update packages currently on consultation:

  • Major Update 1 and 1B to City Plan
  • Major Update to City Plan Policies (Schedule 6)
  • Major Amendment 1 to the Local Government Infrastructure Plan

About the updates

Check out the news feed below for a summary of the updates as well as links to more detailed information and the submission forms.

Flood mapping changes

The City’s flood overlay mapping has recently been updated. This mapping forms part of the City Plan to ensure future development is designed to address flood risk.

The mapping reflects a flood event that has a 1 per cent chance of occurring in any year, also referred to as a one in 100 year ARI (Average Recurrence Interval) flood event.

Gold Coast has some of the best flood information in the country. Since the 1970s the City of Gold Coast has been monitoring and mapping flood extent to ensure a community that’s resilient to flooding. This mapping was developed using a more robust software platform, up-to-date flood related topographic, land use, technological and hydrological data.

The mapping considers future changes to climate, incorporating the projected increase in sea level of 0.8m by 2100, required by the State Government. It also includes the State Government’s projected 10 per cent storm tide intensity and 10 per cent rainfall intensity, based on advice from industry representatives.

As a result, the extent of the flood maps has changed and some areas within the city have been removed from the maps while other areas have now been included. You can compare this change and what it means to your property in interactive mapping or by clicking on the existing maps or the proposed maps in the table below.

Existing maps (current flood mapping)Proposed maps (revised flood mapping)
North West Gold CoastNorth West Gold Coast
North East Gold CoastNorth East Gold Coast
South West Gold CoastSouth West Gold Coast
South East Gold CoastSouth East Gold Coast


Come see us

We are holding a number of community consultation days. View all the dates and times here.

Public consultation runs to 15 November 2017.



The City of Gold Coast (City) invites you to have your say on the first major updates to the City Plan.

The City is committed to an ongoing program of regular updates to ensure the City Plan remains current and responsive to community aspirations and emerging opportunities.

There are three update packages currently on consultation:

  • Major Update 1 and 1B to City Plan
  • Major Update to City Plan Policies (Schedule 6)
  • Major Amendment 1 to the Local Government Infrastructure Plan

About the updates

Check out the news feed below for a summary of the updates as well as links to more detailed information and the submission forms.

Flood mapping changes

The City’s flood overlay mapping has recently been updated. This mapping forms part of the City Plan to ensure future development is designed to address flood risk.

The mapping reflects a flood event that has a 1 per cent chance of occurring in any year, also referred to as a one in 100 year ARI (Average Recurrence Interval) flood event.

Gold Coast has some of the best flood information in the country. Since the 1970s the City of Gold Coast has been monitoring and mapping flood extent to ensure a community that’s resilient to flooding. This mapping was developed using a more robust software platform, up-to-date flood related topographic, land use, technological and hydrological data.

The mapping considers future changes to climate, incorporating the projected increase in sea level of 0.8m by 2100, required by the State Government. It also includes the State Government’s projected 10 per cent storm tide intensity and 10 per cent rainfall intensity, based on advice from industry representatives.

As a result, the extent of the flood maps has changed and some areas within the city have been removed from the maps while other areas have now been included. You can compare this change and what it means to your property in interactive mapping or by clicking on the existing maps or the proposed maps in the table below.

Existing maps (current flood mapping)Proposed maps (revised flood mapping)
North West Gold CoastNorth West Gold Coast
North East Gold CoastNorth East Gold Coast
South West Gold CoastSouth West Gold Coast
South East Gold CoastSouth East Gold Coast


Come see us

We are holding a number of community consultation days. View all the dates and times here.

Public consultation runs to 15 November 2017.


Consultation has concluded
  • Major Update 1 and 1B to the City Plan

    8 days ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Major updates are proposed to the City Plan content, relating to the following topics:

    • Small lot housing review
    • Party House land use controls
    • Flood overlay
    • Burleigh Heads Village character
    • Tugun Village character
    • Transport definitions
    • Gold Coast Cultural Precinct
    • Building over or near Council infrastructure
    • Social, community and public supporting uses
    • Covered car parking setbacks in Medium and High density residential zones
    • Remove reference to Wave Break Island for the Integrated Resort Development at the Broadwater
    • Hours of operation for accepted commercial uses in District centres
    • Categories of development and assessment for lease, access easement, community title and volumetric subdivisions
    • Emerging community zone setback/site cover provisions
    • Categories of development and assessment for Utility installations affected by overlays
    • The Biggera Waters Centre and Surrounding Land Study
    • Alignment of residential density and lot size in the Low density residential zone

    Click here for detailed information about each topic listed above.

    Major updates are proposed to the City Plan content, relating to the following topics:

    • Small lot housing review
    • Party House land use controls
    • Flood overlay
    • Burleigh Heads Village character
    • Tugun Village character
    • Transport definitions
    • Gold Coast Cultural Precinct
    • Building over or near Council infrastructure
    • Social, community and public supporting uses
    • Covered car parking setbacks in Medium and High density residential zones
    • Remove reference to Wave Break Island for the Integrated Resort Development at the Broadwater
    • Hours of operation for accepted commercial uses in District centres
    • Categories of development and assessment for lease, access easement, community title and volumetric subdivisions
    • Emerging community zone setback/site cover provisions
    • Categories of development and assessment for Utility installations affected by overlays
    • The Biggera Waters Centre and Surrounding Land Study
    • Alignment of residential density and lot size in the Low density residential zone

    Click here for detailed information about each topic listed above.

  • Major Update to City Plan Policies (Schedule 6)

    8 days ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    City Plan Policies, contained within Schedule 6, provide supporting information or guidance on how to address assessment provisions in the City Plan. Updates within this package relate to the following City Plan Policies:

    Changes to existing City Plan Policies:

    • Bushfire management plans
    • Land development guidelines
    • Landscape work

    New City Plan Policies:

    • Environmental management plans
    • Geotechnical stability assessment guideline

    Click here for detailed information about each topic listed above.

    City Plan Policies, contained within Schedule 6, provide supporting information or guidance on how to address assessment provisions in the City Plan. Updates within this package relate to the following City Plan Policies:

    Changes to existing City Plan Policies:

    • Bushfire management plans
    • Land development guidelines
    • Landscape work

    New City Plan Policies:

    • Environmental management plans
    • Geotechnical stability assessment guideline

    Click here for detailed information about each topic listed above.

  • Major Amendment 1 to the Local Government Infrastructure Plan

    8 days ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    The Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) identifies Council’s plans for trunk infrastructure that are necessary to service development at the desired standard of service in a coordinated, efficient and financially sustainable manner. Updates relate to the following types of trunk infrastructure:

    • Water supply
    • Sewerage
    • Transport
    • Public parks and lands for community facilities

    Click here for detailed information about LGIP.

    The Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) identifies Council’s plans for trunk infrastructure that are necessary to service development at the desired standard of service in a coordinated, efficient and financially sustainable manner. Updates relate to the following types of trunk infrastructure:

    • Water supply
    • Sewerage
    • Transport
    • Public parks and lands for community facilities

    Click here for detailed information about LGIP.