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.


  • Customer experience online survey open from 4 to 25 July 2019

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    about 1 year ago


    The City of Gold Coast provides around 800 services to our residents and businesses.

    We want customers to have the best possible experience when using our services and accessing customer support. To meet changing customer needs and expectations we are reviewing current services, the way we communicate and deliver those services, and how to plan for the future.

    Help us understand what is most important to you, and how we can make your life easier. Your feedback will shape the design and delivery of better services.

    The survey will open 8am Thursday 4 July and close 5pm Thursday 25 July...


    The City of Gold Coast provides around 800 services to our residents and businesses.

    We want customers to have the best possible experience when using our services and accessing customer support. To meet changing customer needs and expectations we are reviewing current services, the way we communicate and deliver those services, and how to plan for the future.

    Help us understand what is most important to you, and how we can make your life easier. Your feedback will shape the design and delivery of better services.

    The survey will open 8am Thursday 4 July and close 5pm Thursday 25 July 2019.

    Visit gchaveyoursay.com.au/customers to have your say and go in the draw to win one of five Coles/Myer gift cards valued at $200 each.Terms and conditions apply.

  • Water and Waste approved products for water main installations

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    about 1 year ago


    From 1 July 2019, City of Gold Coast (City) Water and Waste are introducing two changes to the approved products that can be used for water reticulation mains. These changes will affect Developer works on the Gold Coast.

    Alternate products are being introduced to improve the durability and longevity of installed assets and to reduce the City’s ongoing maintenance costs.

    1. Change 1 – Product ‘PVC-M’ will replace ‘PVC-O pipe’, which is no longer an approved product

    Why the change?

    • The wall thickness of ‘PVC-M’ is 6.8mm compared to 3.8mm for ‘PVC-O’, for a DN100 PN16 pipe.
    • PVC-M pipe is...


    From 1 July 2019, City of Gold Coast (City) Water and Waste are introducing two changes to the approved products that can be used for water reticulation mains. These changes will affect Developer works on the Gold Coast.

    Alternate products are being introduced to improve the durability and longevity of installed assets and to reduce the City’s ongoing maintenance costs.

    1. Change 1 – Product ‘PVC-M’ will replace ‘PVC-O pipe’, which is no longer an approved product

    Why the change?

    • The wall thickness of ‘PVC-M’ is 6.8mm compared to 3.8mm for ‘PVC-O’, for a DN100 PN16 pipe.
    • PVC-M pipe is less flexible and more robust than PVC-O pipe, which reduces the risk of leakage or failure at pipe joints.
    • The thin wall thickness of PVC-O pipe causes problems for pipe installations such as;
      • hard to chamfer the pipe end and easy to damage the rubber ring
      • potential deformation at joints, and possible distortion as well as ‘pushing straight through the joint’.

    2. Change 2 - Product ‘DICL pipe’ is the only approved product for Industrial and Commercial estates, and Road carriageways

    Product ‘PVC-M PN20 pipe’ is no longer an approved product in the above applications.

    Why the change?

    • DICL pipe has a greater tensile strength than PVC pipe, and provides better protection against crush loading. DICL pipe provides greater impact resistance than PVC pipe.
    • Scratches or gouges may cause a weak point in a PVC pipe. Weak points can go undetected and later result in failures of the water main.
    • DICL pipe is not vulnerable to sunlight, whereas PVC pipe may experience a loss in strength when subjected to long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight.

    From 1 July 2019, ‘DICL pipe’ must be specified by consultants in the following applications:

    2.1. New water main installations in Industrial and Commercial estates. The context in these applications is that when the estate is being developed, it is not known where the vehicle crossovers (VXO’s) will be located. Therefore, ‘DICL pipe’ must be specified for the water mains for the ‘full extent’ throughout the estate.

    2.2. New water main installations in Road carriageways - DICL pipe must be specified whenever water mains are located in road carriageways (including road crossings).

    2.3. New VXOs being constructed in Industrial and Commercial developments where there are existing water mains. If the existing water main is not DICL pipe, then the water main must be replaced with DICL pipe as part of the construction of the new VXO.

    Timing of the changes

    From 1 July 2019, Consultants are required to specify the approved materials (as per Change 1 & 2) when submitting water main OPW Design Plans.

    These requirements will be updated shortly with the next revisions of the ‘SEQ Water Supply Code’, and ‘SEQ IPAM List’), available from seqcode.com.au.

    Further information can be provided to you when you submit your next OPW Design Plan Submission, or at your next project pre-start meeting. If you have any queries please contact Construction Supervisor, Kyle Juelfs on (07) 5582 9824.

  • LGIP Stormwater quality amendment to the City Plan

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    about 1 year ago


    Following Ministerial approval and Council adoption of the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) Stormwater quality amendment to the City Plan, this amendment will be implemented and become effective on 1 July 2019, as part of City Plan Version 7.

    From 1 July 2019, updated information on the LGIP Stormwater quality amendment can be found at cityofgoldcoast.com.au/LGIP or for frequently asked questions, click here.

    For more information on the LGIP, please email strategicinfrastructure@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone the Strategic Infrastructure team on (07) 5582 8229.


    Following Ministerial approval and Council adoption of the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) Stormwater quality amendment to the City Plan, this amendment will be implemented and become effective on 1 July 2019, as part of City Plan Version 7.

    From 1 July 2019, updated information on the LGIP Stormwater quality amendment can be found at cityofgoldcoast.com.au/LGIP or for frequently asked questions, click here.

    For more information on the LGIP, please email strategicinfrastructure@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone the Strategic Infrastructure team on (07) 5582 8229.

  • City Building Seminar - June

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    about 1 year ago

    Place-based Planning for the Greater Sydney Region

    Stephanie Barker, Acting Executive Director, City Strategy,Greater Sydney Commission

    The Greater Sydney Region Plan - A Metropolis of Three Cities champions a place-based and collaborative approach to city making. With themes that include landscape, people and connectivity, the Plan sets up a regional planning framework that can support place-based planning at the local level. For the first time, councils across Greater Sydney are developing Local Strategic Planning Statements (LSPS) that provide a 20-year vision for planning in their local area, including setting out planning priorities and identifying local places that require a finer...


    Place-based Planning for the Greater Sydney Region

    Stephanie Barker, Acting Executive Director, City Strategy,Greater Sydney Commission

    The Greater Sydney Region Plan - A Metropolis of Three Cities champions a place-based and collaborative approach to city making. With themes that include landscape, people and connectivity, the Plan sets up a regional planning framework that can support place-based planning at the local level. For the first time, councils across Greater Sydney are developing Local Strategic Planning Statements (LSPS) that provide a 20-year vision for planning in their local area, including setting out planning priorities and identifying local places that require a finer grain analysis.

    It’s now one year since the release of the Region Plan and the accompanying five District Plans. Join Stephanie Barker, Executive Director at the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC), to hear first-hand the opportunities, challenges and key learnings from the Sydney experience. You’ll also hear about the new role the GSC has under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act as the organisation pivots to implementation - providing assurance on local strategic planning to implement the Region and District Plans to councils. Also, find out more about the GSC’s initiatives to improve state and local government coordination.

    Stephanie Barker's Bio
    Originally trained as an architect, Stephanie has over 20 years’ experience in strategic planning across the public and private sectors. Stephanie specialises in housing and infrastructure and most recently developed A Metropolis of Three Cities, the region plan for Greater Sydney.


    Date: Thursday, 27 June 2019

    Time: 12:30pm presentation

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

  • City Building Seminar - May

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    about 1 year ago


    Indigenous sensibility and urban design
    Ros Moriarty, Managing Director, Balarinji and Co-Founder and Managing Director, Moriarty Foundation

    Country and architecture through intercultural design practice

    Dr Shaneen Fantin, Director, People Oriented Design and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland and James Cook University

    Join us from 12:30pm on Thursday 23 May at HOTA, Home of the Arts as we look at how the principles of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collaboration complete Australia’s history.

    Ros will speak about Balarinji’s rich Aboriginal interpretive framework that connects local Aboriginal creative and cultural groups...


    Indigenous sensibility and urban design
    Ros Moriarty, Managing Director, Balarinji and Co-Founder and Managing Director, Moriarty Foundation

    Country and architecture through intercultural design practice

    Dr Shaneen Fantin, Director, People Oriented Design and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland and James Cook University

    Join us from 12:30pm on Thursday 23 May at HOTA, Home of the Arts as we look at how the principles of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collaboration complete Australia’s history.

    Ros will speak about Balarinji’s rich Aboriginal interpretive framework that connects local Aboriginal creative and cultural groups to major urban infrastructure projects. Balarinji is delivering a new approach to Australian urban design that translates and embeds a deep Aboriginal layer within the first imaginings of the places where we live and work.

    Shaneen will speak about working on remote and regional projects to embed cultural imperatives into design, landscape and place making through intercultural design practice. A process which brings Indigenous decisions to the front and centre of the design process.

    Ros Moriarty’s Bio
    Formerly a journalist with Radio Australia in Indigenous affairs, women’s issues and the environment, Ros has now spent most of her professional life as Managing Director of Australia’s leading Indigenous design studio, Balarinji, a business she established with her husband, John Moriarty, in 1983. ‘Listening to Country’ is her much-acclaimed first book.

    Dr Shaneen Fantin’s Bio
    Shaneen is an architect, writer and advocate for intercultural design practice. She has worked collaboratively with Indigenous people on community, housing, health and commercial projects to pursue new design methodologies since 1995. Shaneen recently co-authored a book chapter with Mr Gudju Gudju Fourmile featured in the international Springer publication ‘Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture’.

  • Building Our City Reports

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    over 1 year ago


    The Building our City project is a long term research and reporting project being undertaken in conjunction with the Griffith University Cities Research Centre that measures how specific parts of the Gold Coast are changing over time.

    The City recently released the:

    The reports track the benefits of investment to provide input into public policy decision making as future reports are published.

    For more information, please visit goldcoast.qld.gov.au/building-our-city-31266.html


    The Building our City project is a long term research and reporting project being undertaken in conjunction with the Griffith University Cities Research Centre that measures how specific parts of the Gold Coast are changing over time.

    The City recently released the:

    The reports track the benefits of investment to provide input into public policy decision making as future reports are published.

    For more information, please visit goldcoast.qld.gov.au/building-our-city-31266.html
  • Have Your Say on the Coolangatta and Kirra Business Centres Place Based Master Plan

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    over 1 year ago


    Recognising the significance of Coolangatta and Kirra, the City of Gold Coast is developing the Coolangatta and Kirra Business Centres Place Based Master Plan that aims to improve public space in the area.

    We are seeking feedback on the Place Based Master Plan vision and design concepts to inform future decision making including budgets, development assessment advice, place making and city building initiatives.

    You can Have Your Say by visiting us at the Griffith Street Entrance of the Strand Shopping Centre, Coolangatta or online at gchaveyoursay.com.au/coolangattamp

    The consultation period will run from Monday 25 March to Monday 15 April 2019.

    ...


    Recognising the significance of Coolangatta and Kirra, the City of Gold Coast is developing the Coolangatta and Kirra Business Centres Place Based Master Plan that aims to improve public space in the area.

    We are seeking feedback on the Place Based Master Plan vision and design concepts to inform future decision making including budgets, development assessment advice, place making and city building initiatives.

    You can Have Your Say by visiting us at the Griffith Street Entrance of the Strand Shopping Centre, Coolangatta or online at gchaveyoursay.com.au/coolangattamp

    The consultation period will run from Monday 25 March to Monday 15 April 2019.

  • City Building Seminar - March

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    over 1 year ago

    Why do we need water sensitive cities?
    Chris Tanner, Regional Manager, Cooperative Research Centre

    Flood Resilience for homes and development: new ways of thinking
    Dr James Davidson, Director of James Davidson Architect

    Growth in SEQ is considerable and is expected to continue. The community seeks liveable places, reliable water supplies, effective sanitation, protection from flooding, healthy ecosystems, cool green landscapes, efficient use of resources, and beautiful urban and natural spaces. While there is typically broad agreement about high-level aspirations such as the above, implementation of these ideas often seems to ‘fall short’, in the context of growth, climate change and...


    Why do we need water sensitive cities?
    Chris Tanner, Regional Manager, Cooperative Research Centre

    Flood Resilience for homes and development: new ways of thinking
    Dr James Davidson, Director of James Davidson Architect

    Growth in SEQ is considerable and is expected to continue. The community seeks liveable places, reliable water supplies, effective sanitation, protection from flooding, healthy ecosystems, cool green landscapes, efficient use of resources, and beautiful urban and natural spaces. While there is typically broad agreement about high-level aspirations such as the above, implementation of these ideas often seems to ‘fall short’, in the context of growth, climate change and complex governance arrangements.

    Recent work by Chris and James brings a new dimension to these approaches. James has pioneered work on building resilience by marrying conventional approaches to flood protection, e.g. raising building’s floor level with new alternative thinking about resilient design, allowing water to enter a building in a controlled way. This has been coupled with work by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) on building typologies for a smaller ‘water footprint’ and to emerging ideas for long term changes in the way flood waters are controlled and managed.

    Chris Tanner’s Bio
    Chris Tanner is a civil engineer and planner. As Regional Manager (Qld) at the CRCWSC and Adjunct Associate Professor at Advanced Water Management Centre, he advises industry and government on adaptive change for, integrated water management, protecting properties from flood and public parks
    and urban amenity. He was a director of Bligh Tanner consultant engineers where a number of environmental engineering projects defined a company reputation for high quality design focused solutions with multi-dimensional benefits.

    James Davidson’s Bio
    James holds a Doctorate in Architecture and is principal of James Davidson Architect, a studio-based architectural firm with a focus on connecting research, advocacy and practice in the climate adaptation space. In 2012, James was awarded a Winston Churchill fellowship focusing on flood resilient architectural design. He has designed a number of flood resilient homes and is the author of the State Government’s Flood Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes. James is also the principal consultant engaged by City Smart on behalf of the Brisbane City Council for the design and implementation of their current Flood Resilient Homes Program.
  • Draft City Plan Major Update - New Communities (Eggersdorf Road, Ormeau)

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    over 1 year ago


    The City of Gold Coast recently endorsed the Draft City Plan Major Update - New Communities (Eggersdorf Road, Ormeau) to go out for public consultation.

    Detailed changes are outlined in the Draft City Plan Major Update.

    Proposed updates include:

    • 248 Eggersdorf Road, Ormeau is proposed to be included in the Emerging community zone with a density of RD1 up to 25 dwellings per net hectare (1 dwelling/400m2) to consolidate population growth in ‘priority growth areas’ for land recently included in the Urban Footprint of ShapingSEQ Regional Plan 2017.
    • Conceptual land use map 05 – Ormeau...


    The City of Gold Coast recently endorsed the Draft City Plan Major Update - New Communities (Eggersdorf Road, Ormeau) to go out for public consultation.

    Detailed changes are outlined in the Draft City Plan Major Update.

    Proposed updates include:

    • 248 Eggersdorf Road, Ormeau is proposed to be included in the Emerging community zone with a density of RD1 up to 25 dwellings per net hectare (1 dwelling/400m2) to consolidate population growth in ‘priority growth areas’ for land recently included in the Urban Footprint of ShapingSEQ Regional Plan 2017.
    • Conceptual land use map 05 – Ormeau and Ormeau Hills is proposed to be updated to assist with planning for delivery of community facilities, including provision of a linear park along the Pimpama River conservation area and centrally located / functionally sized recreation parks which maximises the number of future residents living within walking distance.
    • Refinement of mapping for a bioregional corridor between the Wongawallan Hinterland and Moreton Bay (Ecological significance Biodiversity Areas Overlay Map - Hinterland to Coast Critical Corridor) is proposed to protect a suitable area of land (including flood free areas), some of which requires extensive restoration works.

    Have your say about these changes by completing the online survey at gchaveyoursay.com.au/eggersdorf by 11 March 2019.

    Following public consultation, we will review every properly made submission and make changes to the draft amendment if required.

  • City Plan Policy Update: Environmental Management Plans

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    over 1 year ago

    A new policy concerning Fauna Spotter Catcher activities went live as part of the City Plan update version 5 – do your reports comply?

    On 27 June 2018, SC6.8 City Plan policy - Environmental Management Plans (EMP) went live. The policy provides guidelines for satisfying assessment benchmarks in the City Plan.

    Section 6.4 of the EMP – Fauna Management Plans (FMP) includes content detailing minimum requirements for fauna spotter catcher reporting and duties including:
    • pre and post clearance reports
    • fauna management considerations and requirements based on habitat types
    • installation of fauna management controls
    • dewatering requirements
    • ...

    A new policy concerning Fauna Spotter Catcher activities went live as part of the City Plan update version 5 – do your reports comply?

    On 27 June 2018, SC6.8 City Plan policy - Environmental Management Plans (EMP) went live. The policy provides guidelines for satisfying assessment benchmarks in the City Plan.

    Section 6.4 of the EMP – Fauna Management Plans (FMP) includes content detailing minimum requirements for fauna spotter catcher reporting and duties including:
    • pre and post clearance reports
    • fauna management considerations and requirements based on habitat types
    • installation of fauna management controls
    • dewatering requirements
    • daily pre-clearance inspections
    • pre-start meetings
    • compliance including fauna injuries, deaths and incidents
    • roles and responsibilities
    • requirements for additional fauna spotter catchers.
    How does this affect you?

    Fauna Spotter Catcher and FMP reports are now being assessed against the new policy.

    To avoid Information Requests or delays to development pre-starts, ensure that all reporting submitted to the City is in line with the EMP policy and Council conditions.

    Note: Extensive industry and community consultation informed the development of this policy. The policy has been designed to inform industry of Fauna Spotter Catchers responsibilities and duties associated with construction works.

    Further queries can be directed to City Development on (07) 5582 8866.