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.


  • As Constructed project assessment

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    about 2 years ago

    Recently, a number of projects have been submitted to the City of Gold Coast’s Contributed Assets team for As Constructed assessment containing significant errors.These errors are adding substantial time to the assessing of projects.

    The timeframes for assessment are twenty (20) business days for Final As Cons and ten (10) business days for SLP assessments; in some instances the City is not meeting these requirements due to the additional time required to identify and correct application errors.

    Please refer to the Land development guidelines in Schedule 6 of City Plan; which outlines the City’s requirements for receiving As Constructed assessment projects.

    The City has also recently updated the As Constructed Lodgement form. Submissions are required to properly reflect applicable data with one of the key changes requiring applicants to provide the latest OPW Stamped Approved design drawings in PDF format.

    From the 1st July 2018 the City will be implementing the new reassessment fee on all projects that contain errors.

    In order to assess each submission fairly we request industry supply all the required information.

    We look forward to your cooperation in achieving better outcomes.


  • Water and Waste CCTV Submission Form

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    about 2 years ago


    Water and Waste has established a new form which is to be provided as part of all submissions for CCTV packages.

    The Water and Sewerage Connection CCTV Submission Form is available at: cityofgoldcoast.com.au/connections

    Each CCTV package must be in accordance with the Water and Sewerage Acceptance Testing Guide. Some important items include:

    • The RPEQ for the development is to review all of the test results and be satisfied that there are no defects, prior to submitting the information to Water and Waste
    • CCTV footage must be clear and sharp. Footage that is of poor resolution, out of focus and/or has poor lighting will be rejected and require the inspection to be performed again
    • The camera shall travel at a speed no greater than that which will permit the observer to anticipate arrival at all defects and features

    If the CCTV relates to an Operational Works (OPW) application, the following forms must also be signed-off by a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and included with the submission:

    • Assessment Test Result Review Check Sheet
    • CCTV Review Check Sheet

    CCTV forms will only be accepted by Water and Waste when submitting in person to the front counter at:

    City of Gold Coast
    Nerang Administration Building
    833 Nerang Southport, Nerang Road
    Nerang, QLD 4211

  • Debtor accounts administration change

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    about 2 years ago


    In late June, we are changing the way we manage debtor accounts, moving to a model of issuing an invoice per application and a monthly summary statement.

    This change affects debtor invoices and summary statements for searches and development applications. Customers may receive multiple invoices over a month and will receive their summary statements at the end of each month.

    Closer to the time, we will provide customers with a quick reference guide to help with the transition.

    More information:

    Searches: Selina Trotter 5581 5850

    Development applications: Cheryl Button 5582 8002

  • Michael Matusik to present at Industry Briefing - June

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    about 2 years ago


    The Economy, Planning and Environment Directorate is holding an industry briefing on 6 June 2018. This event provides the opportunity to hear from Director of Economy, Planning and Environment, Alisha Swain as well as property analyst Michael Matusik.

    The industry briefing will cover:

    • An update on the newly formed EPE Directorate including the Office of Innovation and Economy;
    • Changes coming into effect with version 5 of the City Plan, including updates to the Local Government Infrastructure Plan; and
    • A new Development Application system going live in June.

    Gold Coast housing market update from Michael Matusik

    Michael is an experienced property analyst with a planning background based in Brisbane. He is well known for his regular Matusik Missives which has an avid following of over 20,000 investors and property industry.

    Michael will use his expertise to speak about the Gold Coast housing market, and its momentum post the Commonwealth Games. You do not want to miss this engaging and informative presentation.

    Light refreshments will be available.

    Date: Wednesday 6 June 2018

    Time: 3.00 pm - 5.00pm

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

    RSVP: RSVPs are now closed. Thank you for your interest.

  • City Building Seminar - May

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    over 2 years ago


    Tactics for transforming global cities

    Ludo Campbell-Reid, Design Champion and General Manager, Auckland Design Office, Auckland Council, New Zealand

    By 2050 over 70 per cent of the world's population will live in cities.

    Consuming over 80 per cent of the world's energy and emitting over 75 per cent of the world's green house gas emissions, the way we design, plan, govern and construct our cities will play a crucial role in the future viability of the planet. As Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, famously said: “We are the first generation to realise the serious impacts of Climate Change and the last generation who are able to do something about it”.

    If you are looking for your “Ikigai” (a Japanese expression meaning a reason to get up in the morning), then the role of built environment practitioners such as planners, architects, urban designers and engineers leading the charge to find innovative solutions to known current and future city challenges, as well as challenges and opportunities as yet unforeseen, could not be more vital.

    And why? Because the future of our planet will depend on it.

    Ludo Campbell-Reid. Transforming, improving and resuscitating cities – making them liveable, competitive and sustainable requires a carefully crafted individual response. No city is the same and there is no blue print approach. Some are healthy, vital, exciting and productive but unfortunately many are not.

    Understanding the levers to unlocking the magic in cities requires experience of how the public and private sectors work and think. Multidisciplinary collaboration is the keystone for success.

    Ludo is an internationally recognised city planner, urban designer and key note speaker with over 24 years public and private sector experience. He advises mayors, cities, local authorities and governments around the world on how to improve their cities, streets and public open spaces.

    Described as the “lightning rod for the transformation of Downtown Auckland” (Property Council NZ, People Awards 2016), voted one of Metro Magazine’s Top 50 Most influential Aucklanders and nominated as one of NZ most Creative people by Idealog Magazine (2017) Ludo is currently Design Champion and GM of Auckland Council’s Auckland Design Office.

    Formerly Founding CEO of Urban Design London, Ludo was appointed as Auckland’s first ever Design Champion in 2006 following the recommendations of the 2005 Mayoral Task Force on Urban Design. In his current role he is charged with overall responsibility for spearheading Auckland’s design led renaissance.

    Date: Thursday 31 May 2018

    Time: Midday refreshments, 12.30pm presentation

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

    RSVP: oca@goldcoast.qld.gov.au(External link)

  • Water and Waste Connection Policy and Procedure

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    over 2 years ago

    Water and Waste has revised its Water and Sewerage Connections Policy Procedure which includes: revised approval workflow processes; inclusion of new Guidelines for Working near Water and Sewer Infrastructure; and revised Metering Technical Specifications.

    The most significant change in the policy is the installation of large water meters. From 1 June 2018 large meter installations (50mm and above) are now to be located above ground and on-lot.

    Water and Waste extends an invitation to two representatives from organisations affected by these changes to attend an industry based forum to learn more about our Water and Waste Connection Policy and Procedure. It is an opportunity for you and your business to engage with a City representative to discuss important Policy changes and how they affect your rights and responsibilities as a commercial customer.

    Organisations are invited to review the large water meter drawings and provide feedback prior to this briefing in order to maximise the effectiveness of this session.

    More information:

    Cityofgoldcoast.com.au/connections

    http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/documents/bf/water-and-sewerage-connections-policy.pdf

    Forum details

    Date: Thursday 3 May 2018

    Where: Nerang RSL and Memorial Club, 69 Nerang Street, Nerang QLD

    Time: 7am doors open

    7.30-9am presentation

    Light refreshments will be provided

    RSVP

    Amanda Horvath E: WWBusiness@goldcoast.qld.gov.au T: 5582 8122


  • Large water meter installation changes

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    over 2 years ago

    Changes from the revised Water and Sewerage Connections Policy

    From the 1 June 2018 large meter installations (50mm and above) are now to be located above ground and on‑lot. New developments must provide the new above ground on‑lot format from this date.

    The changes are applicable for new large meter installations only. Existing large meters will be assessed for suitability for change to the new format on a case-by-case basis if a meter reconfiguration is required.

    Drivers for above-ground on-lot meter installations

    The City of Gold Coast’s (City) large water meters have historically been located below ground in covered pits outside the property boundary, typically in the footpath.

    Changing the large meter installation to an on-lot and above ground format allows:

    • Location of the meter away from other services (e.g. electricity, gas).

    • Easier access for customers to read their water meter and for future smart metering equipment installation.

    • Easier access to the meters to reduce customer water outage times during meter replacements.

    • Reduction of workplace health and safety risk issues associated with accessing meters in pits.

    • Extension of the life of the water meter and associated assets.

    • Consistency of metering configurations with other South East Queensland water service providers.

    Industry briefings are currently being scheduled, however we encourage you to review the large water meter drawings and provide feedback prior to the briefings in order to maximise the effectiveness of these sessions.

    To view the large meter drawings, please visit: cityofgoldcoast.com.au/connections
  • March City Building Seminar

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    over 2 years ago

    City of Change: Sports, Culture and Community on the Gold Coast

    Jesse Judd and Mark Raggatt, Directors of ARM Architecture, will showcase two significant city changing projects in our city.

    HOTA, Home of the Arts, master plan imagines the transformation of ageing cultural infrastructure and redundant office buildings into the cultural heart of the Gold Coast.

    The Parklands project is a new suburb of 1250 dwellings built over four years. As the Commonwealth Games Village it will host over 6500 athletes competing in the 2018 Commonwealth GamesTM. Afterwards, the site will be transformed into a mixed use residential community integrated with the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.

    Jesse and Mark will chart the evolution of these city changing projects from competition to delivery, discussing the long-term vision for these exciting precincts, reviewing the works already completed and speculating on their future. They will explain the conceptual frameworks that shape and guide these complex projects and provide insight into what to expect over the next couple of years as both projects continue to transform the urban and cultural landscape of the Gold Coast.

    Jesse Judd provides design and project leadership for major cultural, urban-design, recreational, public, and residential projects. He has practised for more than 20 years, playing major design and delivery roles on some of Australia’s most significant master plan and cultural projects.

    Mark Raggatt heads ARM’s Sydney office. His expertise in concept development, stakeholder consultation and design theory are key to his work in design and master planning.

    Date: Thursday 29 March 2018

    Time: Midday refreshments, 12.30pm presentation

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

    RSVP: oca@goldcoast.qld.gov.au


  • Online City Plan PDFs

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    over 2 years ago

    Our online City Plan has undergone a system upgrade and as a result, users are no longer able to access PDF files (as previously) by clicking on the View PDF of this section button.

    PDF files are now accessible via a separate main menu page in the City Plan onscreen viewer called PDF version. This page contains a complete collection of City Plan documents and maps in printable PDF format.

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  • Interactive mapping updated to include new draft Flood overlay maps

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    over 2 years ago

    The City’s online Interactive map viewer has been updated to include flood planning levels and depth of inundation from the new draft Flood overlay maps (draft maps) recently exhibited as part of Major Update 1.

    The draft maps were developed utilising the latest topographic, land use, technological, hydrological data as well as the latest State Government and Council policies. The draft maps consider future changes to climate by incorporating the following State Government mandated parameters:

    • a projected increase in sea level of 0.8m above present day levels by the year 2100

    • a 10% increase in storm tide intensity.

    A 10% increase in rainfall intensity is also included following the advice of the city’s development industry.

    The existing Flood overlay maps and draft maps identify properties potentially affected by a designated flood event (1% Annual Exceedance Probability).

    For information only. A flood search report is recommended.

    City Plan maps