City of Gold Coast Planning and Development Hub

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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 stay up to date on planning and development matters, sign up to our Planning and Development alerts.


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 stay up to date on planning and development matters, sign up to our Planning and Development alerts.


  • City Building Seminar: Seven moves toward a resilient density

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    Presented by Tim O’Loan, Director Cities, AECOM Australia New Zealand

    With the challenges to the cherished ‘liveability’ of Australian cities increasingly under threat this presentation looks at the motivations behind why our cities have become increasing denser, why people are still attracted to them and how the Australian city can define its own unique response to their context and the changing needs of society, including the more recent COVID-19. What then are the critical elements of a socially, environmentally and economically resilient Australian City?

    This presentation seeks to look beyond the specifics of planning legislation, and toward the larger arc of city evolution, to better predict its future. To examine the motivations behind why we congregate and invest in cities, Tim has brought seven themes or ‘city shaping agents’ together to provoke thought and hopefully debate. The areas are explored through: innovation and employment precincts; culture and entertainment precincts; transit and land use coordination; water and power nexus; open space; and governance and social attitudes.

    About Tim O’Loan

    Tim leads AECOM’s Cities group across Australia and New Zealand, which seeks to identify and make possible critical urban and social infrastructure opportunities within major cities across the region. Through the application of independent research, Tim is focused and passionate about driving broad, integrated strategies that attract people and investment, and overcome financial and operational challenges for the benefit of the community.

    Tim has worked on significant integrated developments and master planning projects in Australia and internationally. He has built a team focused on urban policy and development strategies that underpin world-class infrastructure that enhances the environment, equity, and economy of our cities.Recently Tim is focused on; the Fishermans Bend Employment and innovation District in Melbourne, the Melbourne Cricket Ground Deck Concept project, and is a member of the Creative Director team for the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

    Event details:

    Virtual event

    Free

    12:30 - 1:30pm

    Thursday 24 September 2020

    RSVP: oca@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

    Link to attend the virtual event will be provided once you have registered.




  • Planning for coastal adaptation | Have your say

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    Protecting our iconic city’s lifestyle, environment and assets from the impacts of coastal hazards is a high priority for us all.

    As we know, our precious coastline is dynamic and always changing. To safeguard for the future the City of Gold Coast is developing Our Resilient City – our plan for coastal adaptation.

    State Government projections indicate by 2100 possible sea level rise of 0.8 metres and more cyclone activity tracking south which could mean an increase in coastal hazards.

    The City is building on decades of experience continuing to work with stakeholders, asset owners, key agencies, businesses and the community to plan for future coastal hazards.

    The long-term plan is supported by QCoast2100, the State Government’s Coastal Hazards Adaptation program, providing funding to Queensland Councils to develop coastal resilience plans.

    Your involvement is valued to help identify adaptation options to avoid, manage or mitigate coastal hazards.

    Our areas of focus include land use planning and development assessment, infrastructure planning and management, asset management, community planning, business continuity planning, and emergency management.

    Our coast is integral to our city’s lifestyle, reputation and identity. It’s important to become involved and have your say, so the City can align with stakeholder expectations, preferences and values.

    Visit gchaveyour.com.au/ourresilientcity to learn more. Community consultation is open until 23 September.

  • Electronic Survey Plans

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    The City of Gold Coast (City) now accepts electronically submitted survey plans.

    The Titles Registry communicated with the industry on 24 April 2020 that a new process for assessment of electronic survey plans has been implemented effective from 27 April 2020 as per the Titles Registry Alert 168.

    This new process has been implemented to reduce the handling of physical survey plans by allowing a Planning Body to assess and approve an electronic version of the survey plan and is the first phase of the Titles Registry moving towards electronic lodgement of survey plans.

    It is important to note that execution of all legal documents is still required in hard copy format as per the current process. The Titles Registry has not changed this part of the approval process.

    To allow for the submission of electronic survey plans the City has created an option for plan sealing applications to be lodged by email. This process is detailed on the City of Gold Coast website.

    For further information please email plansealing@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

  • La Nina ENSO event predicted - high likelihood of a wet summer

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    The Bureau of Meteorology has issued an update indicating that we are currently at a La Nina watch alert.

    What is La Nina?

    Australia's climate is driven by cycles in ocean temperatures, currents and trade winds. From Australia’s west, the Indian Ocean Dipole strongly influences monsoonal rains and in the east coast, the Pacific Ocean is subject to the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO). ENSO are massive ocean and air currents that rotate across the entire Pacific Ocean.

    During an El Nino event they rotate in an anti-clockwise direction, driving warm water and hot dry air across to the east coast, causing hot and dry summers, and warm dry winters (i.e. drought and fire).

    During a La Nina event, they rotate in a clockwise direction, bringing cool water and cold, wet air to the east coast. This drives wetter weather, high snowfall in winter, and flooding in summer.

    The Bureau's prediction indicates that there is a 50% chance that we will experience a La Nina year. This means that we are twice as likely than normal to experience La Nina. This signals a high likelihood of a wet summer, with heavy rainfall and flooding.

    How do we prepare?

    Ensure there are plans in place for heavy rain and wet weather on any existing or proposed construction/development or maintenance projects and advise staff, contractors and development industry contacts accordingly.

    Pre-prepare site-based wet weather response plans that allow a scalable response to rain events.

    Ensure there are appropriate erosion and sediment control plans including stormwater management in place. IECA guidelines should be strictly followed to ensure a best practice approach to minimise site erosion. Sites should have good drainage (including clean and dirty water diversion/treatment) and ground cover treatments implemented on exposed soils or stockpiles. On sites greater than 2500m2 High Efficiency Sediment Basins must be implemented as stipulated in legislation.

  • ‘As-Constructed’ Data Capture Guidelines update

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    29 July, 2020
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    The City of Gold Coast’s 'As-Constructed' Data Capture Guidelines have been updated to Version 2. Changes primarily relate to the alignment of asset attribution with the latest version of IPWEA’s ADAC version 5.01. In addition non-ADAC asset types that require as-constructed information to be handed over to the City are now included in the Guidelines.

    The Draft As-Constructed Data Capture Guidelines Version 2 was published on the City’s website in May 2020, after an Industry Briefing that took place on 19 February 2020.

    The City will accept as-constructed submissions that align with the previous As Constructed Data Capture Guidelines version 1.3 (that aligns with ADAC Version 4.2) until 31 December 2020. All development approvals and contracts that are executed from 1 August 2020 will be required to comply with Version 2 (ADAC 5.01) of the Guidelines.

    The Guidelines are now available online.

  • Entries are now open for the Gold Coast Urban Design Awards

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    22 July, 2020
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    Now in its 21st year, this triennial event celebrates the best of our built environment and has grown to become a prestigious platform of recognition for design, liveability and sustainability.

    The built environment of the Gold Coast is rapidly changing as our population increases. As our cityscape and skyline evolve to accommodate population increase and changing demographics, we are committed to upholding high quality design, balanced with protecting and enhancing our natural environment.

    All commercial, public and community projects, from schools and streetscapes to high rise buildings are eligible.

    Entries close at 3pm Friday 21st August 2020.

    See cityofgoldcoast.com.au/urbandesignawards for more information and to download an entry form.

  • New approach towards accepting Stormwater Proprietary Devices

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    17 July, 2020
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    In 2019, Stormwater Australia published the Stormwater Quality Improvement Device Evaluation Process (SQIDEP). This national protocol is an industry-formulated, independent evaluation process for verifying performance of stormwater proprietary devices (SPD).

    With the national protocol in place, and an overarching need to ensure consistency, the City of Gold Coast’s guideline on the performance evaluation of SPDs has been retired.

    Any new device to be accepted by the City will now require Stormwater Australia’s endorsement based on the SQIDEP.

    With regards to the SPD’s that have previously been evaluated based on the City’s protocol, it is proposed to uphold this accreditation for two years from 1 July 2020, thereby giving enough time to obtain the required certification from Stormwater Australia.

    For more information on the SQIDEP, please visit Stormwater Australia’s website: https://www.stormwater.asn.au/sqidep

  • Building near or over sewerage infrastructure

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    25 June, 2020
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    We have completed a guideline to help customers better understand the process relating to building near or over sewerage infrastructure. This guideline explains how to achieve compliance with the Performance Requirements listed in the Queensland Development Code Mandatory Part 1.4 (QDC MP1.4) including what we consider to be the minimum dimensions for construction near sewerage assets, and what information is required when lodging a Referral Agency Assessment for this work.

    The current Build Over Sewer (BOS) form which is submitted directly to us for review is being discontinued. All applications requiring referral in accordance with the QDC MP1.4 will need to be referred through the Referral Agency Assessment process in accordance with the Planning Act 2016. Where proposed building works comply with the QDC MP1.4 Acceptable Solutions but are located within a sewerage easement, a new process called Build Over Sewer Easement (BOSE) has been created to provide consent for these works to occur. This process is outlined in the new guideline and form located on our website at cityofgoldcoast.com.au/connections

    Iplex Pipelines Products:

    Iplex Pipelines water and sewerage products will be back on the Civil Infrastructure Products and Materials (IPAM) list when it is next published in August 2020. Until then, all previously approved Iplex Pipelines products will be accepted by us for construction of water and sewerage assets on the Gold Coast.


    Resources for working near water and sewerage infrastructure:

    goldcoast.qld.gov.au/working-near-water-sewerage-infrastructure-41617.html


    Information about Water and Waste on the Gold Coast:

    goldcoast.qld.gov.au/environment/water-wastewater-7844.html


    To speak with us directly on this matter, please contact Water and Waste on (07) 5582 8313.

  • Consultation open for The Spit Master Plan implementation (key development sites)

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    25 May, 2020
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    The Spit Master Plan was released by State Government in May 2019 following a comprehensive 18-month master planning process with extensive public consultation. To unlock economic opportunities and enhance the recreational offering at The Spit, the State Government is leading a site-release program.

    To ensure future development aligns with the Master Plan, and in response to a Ministerial Direction received from State Government, the City of Gold Coast is proposing an amendment to the Gold Coast City Plan.

    You can learn more and have your say on the proposed amendment before 19 June 2020.

    gchaveyoursay.com.au/thespitkeydevelopmentsites

  • Our City Our Plan – Jefferson Lane out for public consultation

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    12 May, 2020
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    We received more than 1600 submissions of feedback during the first two consultation periods of Our City Our Plan, which significantly influenced the proposed changes to City Plan.

    Feedback received during the second round of public consultation highlighted an error in the Residential density overlay map for Jefferson Lane.

    We are therefore undertaking a third round of public consultation from 12 May to 10 June 2020 to give you every opportunity to provide feedback on this item.

    gchaveyoursay.com.au/ourcityourplan