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.


  • Our City Our Plan consultation period extended

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    17 Oct 2019
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    Due to the significant amount of interest and feedback received from our community, we’re extending the Our City Our Plan consultation period to 11 November 2019.

    You are encouraged to have your say on proposed amendments to help shape the future of the Gold Coast.

  • City Building Seminar - October 2019

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    03 Oct 2019
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    What if we built the Gold Coast around places

    Ethan Kent, Co-Director of PlaceMakingX and Senior Fellow of Project for Public Spaces, New York

    The vision of PlaceMakingX is to make the spaces we live into places we love.

    To create a thriving, equitable and sustainable world through the convergence of values, passion and action around our public spaces.

    Ethan will present how various (sometimes unlikely) pieces fit together to create a great public destination and demonstrate how placemaking is a process, not an outcome.


    Ethan Kent's Bio

    Senior Vice President

    Ethan Kent works to support Placemaking organisations, projects, and leadership around the world, to build a global placemaking movement to build systemic change towards place-led urbanization.

    Over 20 years at Project for Public Spaces (PPS), Ethan has travelled to more than 900 cities and 60 countries to advance the cause of placemaking and public spaces.

    Ethan has been integral to the development of placemaking as a transformative approach to economic development, environmentalism, transportation planning, governance, resilience, social equity design, digital space and innovation.

    Having worked on over 200 PPS projects, Ethan has led a broad spectrum of placemaking efforts, providing comprehensive public engagement, user-analysis, planning and visioning for high profile public spaces on six continents.


    Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019

    Time: 12:30pm presentation

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

    Details: Car parking available onsite

    RSVP: oca@goldcoast.qld.gov.au


  • The Temporary Local Planning Instrument No. 7 (Protection of Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade) 2019

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    10 Sep 2019
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    On 27 August 2019, the Council of the City of Gold Coast adopted the Temporary Local Planning Instrument No. 7 (Protection of Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade) 2019 for the City of Gold Coast.

    The Temporary Local Planning Instrument No. 7 (Protection of Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade) 2019 has retrospective effect from 30 July 2019 and will cease to have effect on 30 July 2021, unless repealed sooner.

    The purpose and general effect of the Temporary Local Planning Instrument No. 7 (Protection of Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade) 2019 is to ensure the protection of this significant local heritage place and landmark by:

    • providing timely interim protection from unregulated demolition of this building
    • allowing the City to progress its listing on the Local heritage register together with an amendment to City Plan
    • allowing the City make a proposal to the Department of Environment and Science to list the Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade in the Queensland Heritage Register.

    The Temporary Local Planning Instrument No. 7 (Protection of Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade) 2019 overrides specified provisions of the Gold Coast City Plan.

  • Have your say on the proposed updates to the Netserv plan

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    10 Sep 2019
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    The City of Gold Coast is proposing to amend its Water Netserv Plan, as per legislative requirements under the South-East Queensland Water (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) Act 2009.

    The proposed Water Netserv Plan has been updated to:

    · Incorporate the Water Supply and Sewerage Infrastructure Plan 2019.

    · Update the connection areas to include revised existing and future connection areas.

    · Update content to align with current City templates, to incorporate updated asset information, and to reflect current strategies.

    The City has an obligation to review its Water Netserv Plan so that it stays accurate and relevant. It incorporates infrastructure planning that caters for future projections of city employment, residential and visitor growth and translates this into the water and sewerage infrastructure requirements for the next 50 years (2016 base to 2066).

    The City is now seeking feedback on the amended Water Netserv Plan (Part A), including the Water Supply and Sewerage Infrastructure Plan (2019) and connection areas (existing connection area and future connection area).

    The engagement is open from 9 September to 5pm 11 October 2019.

    Online version available at: http://www.gchaveyoursay.com.au/netserv2019


  • Industry briefing: Important changes to water and sewer as-constructed drawings submissions

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    10 Sep 2019
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    Water and Waste are holding an information session on important changes in the timing of submissions for water and sewer as-constructed drawings for developer contributed assets. It is an opportunity for you and your business to engage with a City representative to discuss these changes.

    From 1 November 2019, City of Gold Coast will require water and sewer as-constructed drawings for developer contributed assets to be submitted prior to making the final live connection to the network. This change will affect developer contributed works on the Gold Coast.

    We encourage you to review the details of this change and submit your queries prior to this briefing in order to maximise the effectiveness of this session.

    Date : Wednesday 9 October 2019

    Time : 7am doors open 7.30am – 8.30am presentation

    Venue : Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre, Carrara (Currumbin Room)

    Details: Car parking available on site, beneath the centre

    ** Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be provided

    Please forward your RSVP to Hannah Robinson at WWBusiness@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or call 07 5582 8178 with the names and positions of your company representatives along with special dietary requirements by Tuesday 1st October.

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

    We look forward to seeing you on the day.

  • City Building Seminar - September 2019

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    06 Sep 2019
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    Vertical urbanism and the liveable city

    Barry Lee, Director, DBI and John Flynn, Director, Conrad Gargett


    The United Nations recently published data identifying that currently approximately 50 per cent of the world’s seven billion people live in urbanised settings. By 2050, the population is predicted to swell to nine billion people, with 70 per cent of the earth’s population living in cities. How our cities respond to this urban growth needs to be considered now as it will change our way of life.

    When we think of great vibrant cities we tend to focus on the vibrant streets and memorable public spaces. If we are to avoid urban sprawl our cities will need to densify and grow vertically. This density will provide opportunities to create three dimensional cities that will embrace the idea of vertical urbanism with vertical neighbourhoods that include a diversity of activities.

    Jewel, one of the most ambitious projects in Australia, has reached a point of completion where its complexity and innovation can be appreciated. Barry will discuss DBI’s project conception, methodology and innovations that have made this project possible.

    Barry Lee's Bio

    Barry has been responsible for the design of a number of major internationally recognised high-rise buildings including the Wave Tower and Q1 and has been responsible for more than thirty one significant high-rise developments many of which have received professional accolades.

    Barry’s philosophy is to combine a focus on human quality of life and environmental sustainability with dynamic and expressive architectural forms in an attempt to comfort and inspire.

    John Flynn's Bio

    John is a Director of Conrad Gargett with over 30 years’ experience designing great places for people to call home. Formerly a Design Director with Mirvac, and Peddle Thorp preceding this, John draws from a strong history of design and project leadership. He has engaged in work and study across Australia, Europe and Asia. His substantial body of work includes the design, planning, documentation and management of complex projects spanning various sectors, including commercial, mixed-use, residential, healthcare and defence.

    Date: Thursday, 26 September 2019

    Time: 12:30pm presentation

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

    Details: Car parking available onsite

    RSVP: oca@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

  • Next Major Amendment to City Plan on notification 27 September 2019

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    28 Aug 2019
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    Council has endorsed the next package of proposed updates to the City Plan with the Our City Our Plan engagement planned to commence on Friday 27 September.

    The scope of this amendment package has been informed by feedback received during the development of the City Plan, submissions made through the Improve our City Plan register and ongoing strategic planning studies.

    You are encouraged to have your say on the proposed updates during the engagement period.

    Proposed updates will cover six themes, including:

    • height and density to create a sustainable city shape
    • built form and urban design highlighting the importance of a well-designed city
    • targeted growth areas and how we intend to deliver responsible growth
    • growth and diversification of employment to stimulate economic growth and enable future job creation
    • environment to safeguard our environmental values
    • other land use changes and alignment improvements for clarity, consistency and alignment.

  • The Temporary Local Planning Instrument No.6 (Development in the Guragunbah flood plain area 2018) (TLPI No.6)

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    28 Aug 2019
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    On 28 August 2018, the City of Gold Coast prepared and endorsed a Temporary Local Planning Instrument No. 6 (Development in the Guragunbah flood plain area 2018) (TLPI No.6).

    The proposed TLPI No.6 was submitted to the Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Manufacturing and Planning for approval.

    The City of Gold Coast also sought approval for an earlier effective date of 28 August 2018.

    The Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning wrote to the Mayor on 22 August 2019, with a Notice of Decision to approve the making of a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) under the Minister’s Guidelines and Rules.

    The TLPI No.6 aims to ensure any future development on land in the Guragunbah flood plain area is better protected against flood risk.

    The TLPI No.6 will amend the operation of the Flood overlay code for assessment of development in the Guragunbah flood plain area.

    The TLPI No.6 will have a lifespan of two years and is intended to apply until the City has formally amended the Flood overlay code in City Plan.

    The Guragunbah flood plain is recognised as an important natural asset providing significant open space and habitat of state and local significance.


  • Change in the timing of submission of water and sewer as-constructed drawings for developer contributed assets

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    28 Aug 2019
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    From 1 November 2019, City of Gold Coast will require water and sewer as-constructed drawings for developer contributed assets to be submitted prior to making the final live connection to the network. This change will affect developer contributed works on the Gold Coast.

    Why the change?

    The current process requires as-constructed drawings to be lodged and approved prior to the development being accepted on-maintenance.

    This creates challenges due to the lag time between when the water and/or sewer assets are being made live, and when the as-constructed drawings are lodged.

    This delay exposes the City to uncontrolled risks, such as the following:

    • damage caused by a third party
    • maintenance staff not having access to the newly constructed assets
    • unable to provide customers with accurate information during a search request for water and sewer assets
    • unable to effectively assess development applications and build over sewer referrals due to missing asset information
    • inaccurate planning assumptions and network modelling due to missing information on newly constructed water and sewer assets.

    Changing the current process will address the uncontrolled risks which have been identified above by ensuring that the City receives water and sewer as-constructed drawings earlier in the development process.

    Timing of the change

    From 1 November 2019, consultants will be required to submit water and/or sewer as-constructed information as part of the acceptance testing process and prior to making the final live connection to the water and sewer network.

    Any connection approval application lodged after 1 November 2019 will need to be accompanied by water and sewer as-constructed drawings in addition to the existing requirements.

    Further information can be provided to you at your next project pre-start meeting. If you have any queries please contact Coordinator Asset Audit and Handover, Roman Thomas on 07 5582 8313.

  • Industry Event: Planning, Development and Economic Activity 2019

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    14 Aug 2019
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    You are invited to attend Economy, Planning and Environment's industry event.

    Hosted by Alisha Swain (Director of Economy, Planning & Environment) and with special presentations by Michael Matusik (Matusik Property Insights) and Jessica Christiansen-Franks (Neighbourlytics), the event will: provide you with an independent overview of current development activity within the city; discuss some of the key national and regional trends likely to affect planning and development of the Gold Coast; and identify the emerging projects and initiatives being progressed within the Directorate supporting the evolution of the city.

    Date: Thursday 12 September, 2019

    Time: 3.00 - 5.00 pm

    Venue: Outdoor Stage, HOTA (Home of the Arts), 135 Bundall Road

    RSVP: EPEBSBProgramManagementOffice2@goldcoast.qld.gov.au by Monday 9 September



    KEY SPEAKERS

    Michael Matusik

    Michael Matusik is an independent housing market analyst. He is considered, by some, as a thought-leader in the Australian housing industry. Michael wonders if that is really true but he does try to be a voice of reason within the real estate industry. Michael’s regular emails–The Matusik Missive-are considered, by many, as ‘must reads’. The Matusik Missive bridges the gap between spruik and reality; explaining things in layman terms and only in a minute or two each time.

    Michael heads Matusik Property Insights, which he established in 1998. Matusik Property Insights provides:

    • housing market analysis

    • project and project advice and

    • support services such as presentations/workshops like this one

    Jessica Christiansen-Franks

    Jessica Christiansen-Franks is an urban designer and social entrepreneur who has dedicated her career to understanding the social dynamics of urbanisation. Passionate about creating neighbourhoods people love and feel connected to, Jessica is a thought leader in innovative citizen participation, and particularly the value of ‘placemaking’ as a tool for collaboration and inspiring active citizenship. With experience across Australia, as well as the UK, Canada, India, Vietnam and the Philippines, Jessica has been fortunate enough to advise the public and private sectors, along with major international aid agencies.

    As Co-founder and CEO of Neighbourlytics, Jessica has side stepped into the world of big data to develop a social analytics platform for neighbourhood development. Neighbourlytics harnesses social data feeds to provide real time insights into local neighbourhood identity, place attachment and social connectedness.

    A champion for the citizen voice, Jessica is Vice Chair of the Smart Cities Council’s (AusNZ) Centre for Civic Innovation.