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.


  • People, places and parking - it's about priorities not balance

    18 days ago
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    Join Steven Burgess for the City of Gold Coast's May 'City Building Seminar' which will discuss the lifeblood of urban and regional places - streets.

    Steven Burgess is an Engineer with over 30 years of urban strategy experience in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and the Middle East. He was Principal Author of “Complete Streets – Guidelines for Urban Street Design” published in 2010, he was also a contributor and international reviewer for the Global Street Design Guidelines published in 2016 and is currently assisting in the preparation of new urban street design guidelines for the City of Auckland

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    Join Steven Burgess for the City of Gold Coast's May 'City Building Seminar' which will discuss the lifeblood of urban and regional places - streets.

    Steven Burgess is an Engineer with over 30 years of urban strategy experience in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and the Middle East. He was Principal Author of “Complete Streets – Guidelines for Urban Street Design” published in 2010, he was also a contributor and international reviewer for the Global Street Design Guidelines published in 2016 and is currently assisting in the preparation of new urban street design guidelines for the City of Auckland

    Steven will look at historically how streets have developed and how we have dealt with them in recent times. He will reflect on how we have prioritised cars and what impact this has had on place quality and prosperity.

    He will give a traffic engineers perspective on the value and validity of this prioritisation and how people have engaged with car based streets. He will then discuss contemporary street design (there are several philosophical positions from around the world) and how we might move forward in creating streets people like, and streets that lead to villages towns and cities being more prosperous and sustainable, including his take on digital disruption and what it will mean for contemporary street design.

    RSVP: LMCMEEKIN@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

    Date:

    Thursday 25 May 2017

    Time:

    12.00pm refreshments
    12.30pm presentation

    Venue:

    Arts Centre Gold Coast
    135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

    Details:

    Car parking available onsite


  • Industry briefing: commencement of the new planning framework

    24 days ago
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    Director of Planning and Environment, Dyan Currie, is pleased to invite you to attend an industry briefing on 31 May 2017 about the changes to City Plan and development assessment resulting from the new Planning Act 2016. The briefing will focus on the key changes coming into effect on 3 July 2017. These include reduced timeframes for assessing and deciding development applications, bounded assessment and assessment benchmarks, the quality of development applications, and changes to the City Plan to align with the new Act.

    Date: 31 May 2017

    Time: 3:30-5:30pm

    Venue: Currumbin Room at the new Gold Coast Sport and... Continue reading

    Director of Planning and Environment, Dyan Currie, is pleased to invite you to attend an industry briefing on 31 May 2017 about the changes to City Plan and development assessment resulting from the new Planning Act 2016. The briefing will focus on the key changes coming into effect on 3 July 2017. These include reduced timeframes for assessing and deciding development applications, bounded assessment and assessment benchmarks, the quality of development applications, and changes to the City Plan to align with the new Act.

    Date: 31 May 2017

    Time: 3:30-5:30pm

    Venue: Currumbin Room at the new Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre
    Broadbeach Nerang Road, Carrara (next to Metricon stadium)

    RSVP: 24 May 2017

    Contact: PE Reform team on 5582 9126 or PEReformTeam@goldcoast.qld.gov.au


  • Connecting, protecting and partnering to preserve our natural city

    24 days ago
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    A fresh strategy to protect our natural environment and recognise its significant value to our economy and lifestyle is now open for community consultation.

    The draft ‘Our Natural City’ Strategy focuses on connecting people with nature, protecting places for nature and partnering with the community to secure and enhance our natural assets.

    It encourages community access and use of the city’s hidden natural gems while safeguarding our beaches, wetlands, waterways, rainforests, bushland, coastal and marine environments and the wildlife these habitats support.

    It responds to community aspirations of wanting to live in a city where people can access and enjoy... Continue reading

    A fresh strategy to protect our natural environment and recognise its significant value to our economy and lifestyle is now open for community consultation.

    The draft ‘Our Natural City’ Strategy focuses on connecting people with nature, protecting places for nature and partnering with the community to secure and enhance our natural assets.

    It encourages community access and use of the city’s hidden natural gems while safeguarding our beaches, wetlands, waterways, rainforests, bushland, coastal and marine environments and the wildlife these habitats support.

    It responds to community aspirations of wanting to live in a city where people can access and enjoy nature and promotes partnerships between government, businesses, research institutions and landowners to protect, restore, connect and manage our natural assets on public and private land.

    This strategy seeks to achieve a prosperous and resilient natural city and achieve great outcomes for development, community, natural assets, and the economy, ensuring we live in balance with nature.

    We invite you to have your say on the draft strategy by 16 May for your chance to win a Currumbin Sanctuary koala experience for four people (over $300 value). Visit gchaveyoursay.com.au/naturalcity to complete the survey.


  • Tell us your thoughts about the City’s plans for large water meter installations

    about 1 month ago
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    The City of Gold Coast (City) is seeking feedback from developers and industry on the City’s plans for changes to large water meter installations (50mm and above).

    Historically, all of the City’s large water meters have been installed below ground in plastic or cement meter pits outside of the property boundary. The proposed changes will see larger meters installed above ground and on lot. The changes are applicable for new water meter installations and reconfigurations only with existing meter installations being assessed on a case by case basis when replacement is required.

    The changes will be implemented in approximately six... Continue reading

    The City of Gold Coast (City) is seeking feedback from developers and industry on the City’s plans for changes to large water meter installations (50mm and above).

    Historically, all of the City’s large water meters have been installed below ground in plastic or cement meter pits outside of the property boundary. The proposed changes will see larger meters installed above ground and on lot. The changes are applicable for new water meter installations and reconfigurations only with existing meter installations being assessed on a case by case basis when replacement is required.

    The changes will be implemented in approximately six months time and will improve accessibility to the meters, extend their lifespan and reduce workplace health and safety issues associated with accessing underground meter pits. The changes will also align the City’s standards with other water service providers, including those in South East Queensland.

    The plans and drawings detailing the changes are provided here here for viewing.

    Please provide your feedback on these planned changes to watermeters@goldcoast.qld.gov.au by 31 May 2017.


  • Brent Toderian workshops initiate robust discussions

    about 2 months ago
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    The City recently hosted international speaker, teacher, and collaborator on advanced urbanism, Brent Toderian. During his visit, Brent collaborated with Councillors and City officers to workshop planning outcomes and looked at how the Gold Coast can benefit from the experiences of other cities around the world. Despite the inclement weather, the City was pleased to host a Planning & Development Event with Brent Toderian which looked at creating a well-designed city.

    Brent praised the City for the on-the-ground work being done in preparation for the Commonwealth Games and initiated stimulating debate on a range of topics. Some of Brent’s key... Continue reading

    The City recently hosted international speaker, teacher, and collaborator on advanced urbanism, Brent Toderian. During his visit, Brent collaborated with Councillors and City officers to workshop planning outcomes and looked at how the Gold Coast can benefit from the experiences of other cities around the world. Despite the inclement weather, the City was pleased to host a Planning & Development Event with Brent Toderian which looked at creating a well-designed city.

    Brent praised the City for the on-the-ground work being done in preparation for the Commonwealth Games and initiated stimulating debate on a range of topics. Some of Brent’s key messages to attendees of the Planning & Development Event included:

    • Good design adds value. It’s a necessary investment in creating successful cities.

    • We need a positive culture for planning cities. We should listen to the concerns of residents and improve the quality of outcomes. Rather than NIMBY, make it QIMBY – quality in my backyard.

    • Building height is less of an issue if the building hits the ground well. Buildings must be designed for pedestrians. Wave and Oracle are great examples. A blank (no activation) wall designed well is still a blank wall, ground floors should be active and make walking delightful.

    • Gentle density is ground orientated housing. This type of housing looks and feels like a single house, but with greater density. It is really important when creating successful suburbs and it is the difference between sprawl and suburbs.

    • During Vancouver’s Olympic Games, 17% of all trips changed from cars to transit & this continues after the games. The equates to 10 years of natural modal shift. The Commonwealth Games are a great opportunity for the Gold Coast to shift behaviour.

    • Good design is often seen as a barrier to being open for business. Urban design adds actual economic value to cities when it is done well.


  • City building seminar

    about 2 months ago
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    Join Associate Professor Jason Byrne and Dr Tony Matthews for a City Building Seminar on green infrastructure.

    Why are some parts of cities hotter than others? As we pursue policies of urban densification might we inadvertently be increasing problems with heat? What might be done about this?

    This seminar discusses research being led by Griffith University on the benefits of green infrastructure for rapidly growing cities. Green infrastructure – a term referring to street trees, verges, parks, green walls, green roofs and other green spaces, is gaining international prominence for its purported functions, benefits and services. Benefits include the potential... Continue reading

    Join Associate Professor Jason Byrne and Dr Tony Matthews for a City Building Seminar on green infrastructure.

    Why are some parts of cities hotter than others? As we pursue policies of urban densification might we inadvertently be increasing problems with heat? What might be done about this?

    This seminar discusses research being led by Griffith University on the benefits of green infrastructure for rapidly growing cities. Green infrastructure – a term referring to street trees, verges, parks, green walls, green roofs and other green spaces, is gaining international prominence for its purported functions, benefits and services. Benefits include the potential to combat urban heat islands. Other benefits include promoting social inclusion, improving sense of place, boosting property values and increasing physical activity and residents’ wellbeing.

    Green infrastructure is an emerging and critical facet of contemporary urban, environmental and natural resource planning. The seminar provides an overview of the positive contributions of green infrastructure in Australian neighbourhoods, as well as some potential disservices that planners, architects and other built environment professionals need to know about. Specific ways in which green infrastructure can be added to existing urban planning toolkits will are identified.

    Pathways and barriers to the uptake of green infrastructure are examined, highlighting lessons for subtropical cities.

    City Building Seminar - Green Infrastructure

    Thursday 27 April
    12.00pm - refreshments
    12.30pm - presentation begins

    RSVP lmcmeekin@goldcoast.qld.gov.au


  • Minister's Guidelines and Rules open for consultation

    3 months ago
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    The Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning have released the draft Minister's Guidelines and Rules (MGR), a new instrument that will mandate how local planning schemes and other local planning instruments are made (or changed) across the state.

    The draft MGR is now open for consultation and Queenslanders have until 5 pm on Tuesday 9 May 2017 to have their say.

    Following public consultation, the instrument will be formally made by the Planning Minister to support the commencement of the new planning system on 3 July 2017.

    The release comes after 18 months of working with practitioners and the... Continue reading

    The Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning have released the draft Minister's Guidelines and Rules (MGR), a new instrument that will mandate how local planning schemes and other local planning instruments are made (or changed) across the state.

    The draft MGR is now open for consultation and Queenslanders have until 5 pm on Tuesday 9 May 2017 to have their say.

    Following public consultation, the instrument will be formally made by the Planning Minister to support the commencement of the new planning system on 3 July 2017.

    The release comes after 18 months of working with practitioners and the community across the state to understand what was most important to them in Queensland's plan making process.

    The draft MGR includes several improvements including:

    • combining several guidelines into one succinct document
    • enhanced public consultation requirements
    • a tailored approach for making or amending a planning scheme, allowing local government to deliver a process that works for their community
    • the introduction of a new amendment process to provide for a more responsive system
    • a range of improved processes to support infrastructure charging and designation.

    We encourage all Queenslanders to have their say on this new planning instrument here.


  • Creating a well designed city with international guest Brent Toderian

    3 months ago
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    The City of Gold Coast is holding a special event with international speaker, teacher, and collaborator on advanced urbanism, Brent Toderian at the Gold Coast Arts Centre on Monday 20 March. Brent will provide attendees with an insight into 'creating a well-designed city' and how the Gold Coast can benefit from the experience of other cities around the world.

    Brent is an internationally respected practitioner with 24 years of experience in advanced urbanism, city planning, and urban design. He has advised and collaborated with cities, agencies and best-practice developers around the world, including the cities of Auckland, Brisbane, Buenos Aires,... Continue reading

    The City of Gold Coast is holding a special event with international speaker, teacher, and collaborator on advanced urbanism, Brent Toderian at the Gold Coast Arts Centre on Monday 20 March. Brent will provide attendees with an insight into 'creating a well-designed city' and how the Gold Coast can benefit from the experience of other cities around the world.

    Brent is an internationally respected practitioner with 24 years of experience in advanced urbanism, city planning, and urban design. He has advised and collaborated with cities, agencies and best-practice developers around the world, including the cities of Auckland, Brisbane, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Groningen, Helsinki, Medellin, New York, Oslo, Perth, Rotterdam, and Sydney. In Canada, his expertise is evident in planning outcomes in the cities of Abbotsford, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, London, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Ottawa, Regina, Surrey, and Vancouver.

    Brent’s key achievements as Vancouver BC’s Chief Planner (2006-2012), include:

    · the 2010 Winter Olympics-related planning and design;

    · the EcoDensity and Greenest City Initiatives;

    · new waterfront and skyline-shaping strategies;

    · new visions and strategies for the city’s viaducts, multi-modal mobility and active transportation (walk, bike, and transit);

    · place-making, public place design and street activation strategies;

    · next generation transit-oriented development (TOD) initiatives;

    · the Laneway Housing program and other affordability/housing strategies; and

    · inventive strategies at the downtown, city and regional levels emphasizing a “complete city”, not just a liveable one.

    During his time as chief planner, Brent oversaw the development, design and architecture in Vancouver, known internationally as a “city by design.”

    Date: Monday, 20 March 2017.

    Time: 4.00pm registration with presentation from 4.30pm -6.00pm

    Venue: Paradise Showroom, Gold Coast Arts Centre, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise.

    RSVPs are essential for catering purposes. Please RSVP to mcousins@goldcoast.qld.gov.au before COB on Thursday 16 March 2017.
  • Amanda Tzannes appointed Manager City Planning

    3 months ago
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    Amanda Tzannes has been appointed as Manager City Planning. Amanda, who has spent the past six months fulfilling the role of Acting Manager, initially returned to the City of Gold Coast in March 2016 as Executive Coordinator City and Regional Planning. Amanda’s extensive experience includes two and half years as the Manager of Planning for the SEQ South Region within 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 has over 16 years experience in the private, local and... Continue reading

    Amanda Tzannes has been appointed as Manager City Planning. Amanda, who has spent the past six months fulfilling the role of Acting Manager, initially returned to the City of Gold Coast in March 2016 as Executive Coordinator City and Regional Planning. Amanda’s extensive experience includes two and half years as the Manager of Planning for the SEQ South Region within 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 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.


  • City Plan twelve months on

    3 months 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