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.


  • Industry events and training calendar

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    over 3 years ago

    Our online calendar is now live, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of City events and training as well as key industry activities relevant to planning and development industry professionals. This calendar will be continually updated throughout the year and we welcome ideas and feedback on other relevant events.

    View calendar

    If you would like to provide event information for publishing on the calendar please email details to Martine Cousins mcousins@goldcoast.qld.gov.au


    Our online calendar is now live, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of City events and training as well as key industry activities relevant to planning and development industry professionals. This calendar will be continually updated throughout the year and we welcome ideas and feedback on other relevant events.

    View calendar

    If you would like to provide event information for publishing on the calendar please email details to Martine Cousins mcousins@goldcoast.qld.gov.au


  • Pre-assessment for standard format plan sealing applications are now live

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    over 3 years ago

    The City is now accepting applications for Pre-Assessment Standard Format Plan Sealing. The pre-assessment process aims to assist in reducing assessment timeframes for Standard Format Plan applications. The application kit is designed to guide applicants through the process for all plan sealing applications. The pre-assessment process will focus on providing the applicant with as much up front information as possible for lodging Standard Format Plan Sealing applications and gaining compliance with conditions.

    If you submit an application with all information identified in the pre-assessment, the City commits to providing a decision within 10 business days.

    For...

    The City is now accepting applications for Pre-Assessment Standard Format Plan Sealing. The pre-assessment process aims to assist in reducing assessment timeframes for Standard Format Plan applications. The application kit is designed to guide applicants through the process for all plan sealing applications. The pre-assessment process will focus on providing the applicant with as much up front information as possible for lodging Standard Format Plan Sealing applications and gaining compliance with conditions.

    If you submit an application with all information identified in the pre-assessment, the City commits to providing a decision within 10 business days.

    For further details on the process, including downloading the application kit, high level end-to-end process flow and an example of a completed Compliance Report, please see cityofgoldcoast.com.au/plansealing


  • Interim pavement design requirements

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    over 3 years ago

    The City is conducting a review of the pavement design standards required under the City Plan Land Development Guidelines (City Plan LDG’s).

    The review will consider a number of issues including the costs associated with pavement construction; whole of life costs to ensure the standards do not result in an unacceptable maintenance burden on Council; and whether the design standards are comparable with the requirements of other local governments in South East Queensland.

    Until the current review of the pavement design requirements under the City Plan LDG’s is complete and any consequential amendments have commenced:

    The City is conducting a review of the pavement design standards required under the City Plan Land Development Guidelines (City Plan LDG’s).

    The review will consider a number of issues including the costs associated with pavement construction; whole of life costs to ensure the standards do not result in an unacceptable maintenance burden on Council; and whether the design standards are comparable with the requirements of other local governments in South East Queensland.

    Until the current review of the pavement design requirements under the City Plan LDG’s is complete and any consequential amendments have commenced:

    • The City will apply the most recent version of Planning Scheme Policy 11 – Land Development Guidelines pavement design requirements to permissible change requests where the existing development approval currently requires compliance with the City Plan LDG’s pavement design requirements.

    • The City will condition future development approvals to require compliance with the most recent version of Planning Scheme Policy 11 – Land Development Guidelines pavement design requirements.

    These interim requirements will take effect immediately. Applicants who have existing development approvals that require compliance with the pavement design requirements in the City Plan LDG’s may submit a permissible change request at their earliest convenience.

    It is presently expected that Council will consider whether to adopt amendments to the existing City Plan LDG’s in response to the review in the second half of 2017. Any proposed amendments to the City Plan LDG’s will follow the process required under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 which includes public notification requirements.

    It is envisaged that once the City Plan LDG pavement review is complete and any consequential amendments are adopted all future applications (including OPW applications) submitted after commencement will be conditioned to comply with the revised City Plan LDG requirements. Council will provide further details about the transitional arrangements closer to the date of commencement of any proposed changes.


  • Level of assessment for boundary realignments

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    over 3 years ago

    City officers have received queries on determining the level of assessment for boundary realignments – that is, rearranging the boundaries of a lot that does not result in any additional lots being created. Accordingly, the following advice is provided:

    Under City Plan section 5.6 Levels of assessment - Reconfiguring a lot, Table 5.6.1, the types of reconfiguring a lot that are code assessable includes:

    Any reconfiguring a lot that…: (a) rearranges the boundaries of a lot and results in no additional lots…

    In this table, any of the types of reconfiguring a lot that...

    City officers have received queries on determining the level of assessment for boundary realignments – that is, rearranging the boundaries of a lot that does not result in any additional lots being created. Accordingly, the following advice is provided:

    Under City Plan section 5.6 Levels of assessment - Reconfiguring a lot, Table 5.6.1, the types of reconfiguring a lot that are code assessable includes:

    Any reconfiguring a lot that…: (a) rearranges the boundaries of a lot and results in no additional lots…

    In this table, any of the types of reconfiguring a lot that are listed under the code assessment heading qualify as being code assessable. This level of assessment is provided across all zones. The minimum lot size does not apply to boundary realignments.

    The assessment criteria is also provided in this table. It is important to note that applicants will still need to demonstrate compliance with the applicable criteria. That is, the code assessable level of assessment does not negate the need to demonstrate compliance with the lot design requirements in the applicable zone code.


  • Level of assessment for lots designated to Council or State

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    over 3 years ago

    Council has also received queries in the relation to the level of assessment for the creation of lots in open space and conservation zones within a broader subdivision, where those lots are to be dedicated to Council or State. This can be a common occurrence for large subdivision proposals over sites that have more than one zoning.

    The following note is included within section 5.6 Levels of assessment - Reconfiguring a lot, Table 5.6.1: The lot size referenced does not apply to land that is to be dedicated to Council or State for open space or infrastructure...

    Council has also received queries in the relation to the level of assessment for the creation of lots in open space and conservation zones within a broader subdivision, where those lots are to be dedicated to Council or State. This can be a common occurrence for large subdivision proposals over sites that have more than one zoning.

    The following note is included within section 5.6 Levels of assessment - Reconfiguring a lot, Table 5.6.1: The lot size referenced does not apply to land that is to be dedicated to Council or State for open space or infrastructure purposes.

    Provided the lot is to be dedicated to Council or State for open space or infrastructure purposes (for example, for a recreational park, stormwater device, sewerage pump station, etc.) the development application can remain as code assessable, regardless of the proposed lot size. The area needed for open space or infrastructure will still need to meet the relevant City Plan requirements.

    Where the lot is not to be dedicated to Council or State for open space or infrastructure purposes, it will be subject to the requirements included in Table 5.6.1. For example, a proposed residential allotment in the Open space zone will trigger impact assessment.

    This aligns with how material change of use proposals are treated in these situations – refer to http://www.gchaveyoursay.com.au/industryhub/news_feed/sites-included-in-more-than-one-zone


  • Procedure for contractors and consultants to report failures or faults to Gold Coast Water and Waste's live water supply and sewerage infrastructure

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    over 3 years ago

    Contractors and engineering consultants please be aware that operational faults or failures to the City’s live water supply and sewerage networks requiring an urgent response are to be reported to Gold Coast Water and Waste on 1300 000 928 to conduct the necessary urgent repairs. Operational faults or failures requiring an urgent response include the gushing of water and sewer spills. This applies to all live infrastructure, whether deemed on or off maintenance.

    Operational repairs undertaken by Gold Coast Water and Waste as a result of damage from a contractor, or damage to infrastructure...

    Contractors and engineering consultants please be aware that operational faults or failures to the City’s live water supply and sewerage networks requiring an urgent response are to be reported to Gold Coast Water and Waste on 1300 000 928 to conduct the necessary urgent repairs. Operational faults or failures requiring an urgent response include the gushing of water and sewer spills. This applies to all live infrastructure, whether deemed on or off maintenance.

    Operational repairs undertaken by Gold Coast Water and Waste as a result of damage from a contractor, or damage to infrastructure that is deemed ‘on-maintenance’, will be invoiced to the contractor.

    Non-urgent defects that can be repaired by the contractor for assets that are ‘on-maintenance’ include damaged meter boxes or lids, lowering or raising of valves/manholes/hydrants/meters, damage to sewer lids, or slow leaking at meter box/stop tap/ fire hydrant/etc. Those non-urgent defects that require shutting down the network will require connection applications to be submitted to Gold Coast Water and Waste’s Asset Audit and Handover Section for approval. Note that only Gold Coast Water and Waste are permitted to operate and shut down their networks.


  • Lodgement of well made applications to ensure the pre-assessment process results in a properly made tick

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    over 3 years ago

    As we prepare for a busy 2017 and in order to help applicants progress through the DA process with ease, we would like to remind you that each application needs to be lodged with the mandatory supporting information.

    It is important to ensure that the application is on the approved IDAS form/s, has owner’s consent, and the appropriate fee for administering the application is allocated. Correct IDAS forms and supporting information enables the pre-assessment process to be undertaken without delay, resulting in applications being deemed properly made and progressing to the next IDAS stage of the development assessment process.

    However...

    As we prepare for a busy 2017 and in order to help applicants progress through the DA process with ease, we would like to remind you that each application needs to be lodged with the mandatory supporting information.

    It is important to ensure that the application is on the approved IDAS form/s, has owner’s consent, and the appropriate fee for administering the application is allocated. Correct IDAS forms and supporting information enables the pre-assessment process to be undertaken without delay, resulting in applications being deemed properly made and progressing to the next IDAS stage of the development assessment process.

    However, if your application fails to satisfy any of the requirements under Section 260 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA), and is lodged with any of the following, it will result in a 'Not Properly Made Notice' being issued to the applicant under Section 266.

      1. additional applications forms not required for the proposed application,

      2. relevant boxes not ticked or too many ticked on the application forms,

      3. a cover page being copied from previous applications therefore misleading as the information pertains to a different application,

      4. insufficient site information, inadequate information to pre-assess the application,

      5. incorrect fees or no break-down of fees or no attempt to calculate our fees and charges, and

      6. no owners consent or consent requirements as per SPA.

    The 'Not Properly Made Notice' then stalls the pre-assessment process as the applicant must take the action as mentioned in the notice within 20 business days. If the required action is not undertaken within the prescribed period, the application will lapse in accordance with Section 266(3) of SPA.


  • Are your works notifiable per the guidelines for working near water and sewer infrastructure?

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    over 3 years ago

    As our roads become increasingly congested, construction works are more frequently occurring around City of Gold Coast (City) water and sewer infrastructure.

    Due to this projected population growth, a new set of guidelines is now required to control how any construction works may affect City infrastructure.

    The Guidelines for working near water and sewer infrastructure (Guidelines) have been developed to assist stakeholders (i.e. contractors, supervisors, project managers, designers, etc.) when undertaking works near City water and sewer infrastructure to ensure that the infrastructure is protected.

    This guide was created in collaboration with the SEQ Design and Construction Code (SEQ Code)...

    As our roads become increasingly congested, construction works are more frequently occurring around City of Gold Coast (City) water and sewer infrastructure.

    Due to this projected population growth, a new set of guidelines is now required to control how any construction works may affect City infrastructure.

    The Guidelines for working near water and sewer infrastructure (Guidelines) have been developed to assist stakeholders (i.e. contractors, supervisors, project managers, designers, etc.) when undertaking works near City water and sewer infrastructure to ensure that the infrastructure is protected.

    This guide was created in collaboration with the SEQ Design and Construction Code (SEQ Code) and the Gold Coast Water Network Modifications, Extension and Connections (NMEC) Policy Procedure.

    To access the Guidelines document, please click here or select from the Document Library. Also within the Document Library is a fact sheet which provides an overview of the Guidelines.

    To share your feedback on the Guidelines, or if you have a question, please use our survey form.

    For further information, please contact Nathan Pearson at Gold Coast Water and Waste (07 5582 8145).




  • Personnel Qualifications – certification clarification for water and sewerage civil construction

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    over 3 years ago

    Personnel Qualifications – certification clarification for water and sewerage civil construction

    Attention Developers, contractors and engineering consultants. Please be advised as of 1 January 2017, anyone working on Gold Coast Water (GCW) assets will require additional proof of certification for the installation of water and sewerage civil assets.

    Each person carrying out and supervising sewerage construction activities must hold minimum qualifications appropriate to the work undertaken and the specific pipeline under construction (e.g. polyethylene, PVC, mild steel).

    With respect to water supply construction activity, at least one person on site must have completed a pipe laying training course appropriate to...

    Personnel Qualifications – certification clarification for water and sewerage civil construction

    Attention Developers, contractors and engineering consultants. Please be advised as of 1 January 2017, anyone working on Gold Coast Water (GCW) assets will require additional proof of certification for the installation of water and sewerage civil assets.

    Each person carrying out and supervising sewerage construction activities must hold minimum qualifications appropriate to the work undertaken and the specific pipeline under construction (e.g. polyethylene, PVC, mild steel).

    With respect to water supply construction activity, at least one person on site must have completed a pipe laying training course appropriate to the pipeline under construction. This training course must have been completed within the last 10 years.

    This certification clarification is to ensure conformance with Section 12.2 of the Sewerage SEQ Design and Construction Code and Section 11.1.1 of the Water Supply SEQ Design and Construction Code.

    Minimum qualifications refer to Statements of Attainment for Units of Competence, as nominated by GCW, from any of the following or other relevant, approved training packages:

    • Water Industry National Training Package NWP01

    • Local Government Training Package LGA00

    • Civil Construction Training Package BCC98

    The completion of the units ‘RIICPL303D – Install Sewer Pipelines’ and ‘RIICPL301D – Install Water Mains Pipelines’, part of RII30913 – Certificate III in Civil Construction Pipe Laying, would ensure compliance with the Sewerage SEQ Design and Construction Code with respect to all facets for the installation of rubber ring jointed water supply and sewerage reticulation. ‘Civil Train (the Civil Contractors Federations’ Training Division) offers these units, among other registered training institutions.’

    For the provision of training or assessment services as required, approved registered training institutions are those listed by the National Training Information Service at www.ntis.gov.au.

    Specialist accreditation, such as the laying and jointing of polyethylene pipe or welding of mild steel pipe, shall mean a qualification achieved through specialised training and assessment for a specific product and/or situation that is not covered by relevant Training Packages.

    The contractor will need to provide documented evidence of such qualifications prior to commencement of the works. All relevant staff licenses, tickets and works permits must be held in a visible location and readily available on site of the works for inspection at any time. GCW reserves the right to determine whether a contractor is licensed to undertake certain works.

    The Project Manager is responsible for ensuring all suppliers have the necessary technical qualifications / accreditation.

    GCW is committed to ensuring our customers are satisfied with the quality, safety and compliance of our assets within the City of Gold Coast. To ensure we are delivering on our commitment, a high level of detailed investigation surrounding the construction and inspection of our assets is important.

    For more information, please contact Kerim Sijercic at GCW (07 5582 8386).


  • Cessation of all forms of sandwich wall sewerage pipe use

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    almost 4 years ago

    Developers, contractors and engineering consultants are to note that as of 1 December 2016, no forms of sandwich wall pipe will be accepted for sewerage construction works on the Gold Coast. Only plain wall uPVC sewerage pipe will be accepted, i.e. one continuous layer of solid PVC throughout the pipe.

    Solid core sandwich wall pipe will be allowed up until 1 December 2016. However, foam core sandwich wall pipe is not accepted at all.

    This is to conform with Item 230 - 4.1 on the SEQ Water Supply and Sewerage Design and Construction Code Accepted Civil Products and Materials List...

    Developers, contractors and engineering consultants are to note that as of 1 December 2016, no forms of sandwich wall pipe will be accepted for sewerage construction works on the Gold Coast. Only plain wall uPVC sewerage pipe will be accepted, i.e. one continuous layer of solid PVC throughout the pipe.

    Solid core sandwich wall pipe will be allowed up until 1 December 2016. However, foam core sandwich wall pipe is not accepted at all.

    This is to conform with Item 230 - 4.1 on the SEQ Water Supply and Sewerage Design and Construction Code Accepted Civil Products and Materials List, which states that plain wall uPVC pipe is only to be accepted for non-pressure sewerage pipes and fittings.

    Gold Coast Water is committed to ensuring our customers are satisfied with the Quality, Safety and Compliance of our assets within the City of Gold Coast. To ensure we are delivering on our commitment, a high level of detailed investigation surrounding the construction and inspection of our assets is important.

    With sandwich wall pipe, Gold Coast Water has noticed consistent pipe spigot delamination of the internal pure PVC layer in both factory pipes and field cut pipes. This create defects and deformation within the pipe’s internal surface creating obstructions to laminar flow. As a result there is potential for rag catching, pipe blockage, and delamination of the matrix of different PVC formats over time, reducing the pipe’s life expectancy.

    The defects caused by the use of sandwich wall pipe have increased the time taken to review and approve the CCTV test packages and have a considerable effect on the overall time taken for plan sealing approval.

    For more information, please contact Kerim Sijercic at Gold Coast Water (07 5582 8386).