Southport Priority Development Area (PDA)
The Minister for Economic Development Queensland has announced that Southport has been declared a Priority Development Area (PDA) under the provisions of the Economic Development Act 2012.
Having a PDA will significantly boost the City of Gold Coast’s plans to revitalise Southport as the Gold Coast’s Central Business District (CBD), by enabling it to cut red tape and streamline development decisions, as well as create capacity for jobs and developer confidence in the CBD.
Now that the PDA is in place, an Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP) will guide planning and development while the City prepares detailed policies for the CBD. A draft Southport PDA development scheme is expected to be released in March 2014, with the final scheme expected to be in place by mid 2014.
The PDA includes the former Gold Coast hospital site, Broadwater Parklands and residential areas located directly north of Railway Street and south of Queen Street, an area of 195.7 hectares.
A Southport PDA Sub-Committee has been established to oversee delivery of the Southport PDA and ensure effective communication and stakeholder engagement.
Core members are Cr Dawn Crichlow (Chairperson), Cr Lex Bell, Cr Greg Betts, Cr Cameron Caldwell and Cr William Owen-Jones.
The Council decisions can be found in the Council Meeting Adopted Report and the Planning Committee Adopted Report (Resolution for Southport PDA).
- Southport CBD
- Planning for Southport PDA
- Vision for the Southport PDA
- Southport Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP)
- Cr Dawn Crichlow OAM, Councillor for Southport
- Gold Coast Chinatown
- Centre Improvement Program
- Centre Improvement Program Showcase
- Commonwealth Games
- Planning & Building
- PD Online (Planning & Development Online)
What is a Priority Development Area?
A Priority Development Area (PDA) is a site declared by the State Government to facilitate the development of land in Queensland for economic development and development for community purposes.
When a PDA is declared the Local Government planning scheme no longer applies and a new planning instrument, known as an Interim Land Use Plan becomes effective and is used to assess development until a development scheme is adopted.
Where is the Southport Priority Development Area?
The Southport Priority Development Area (PDA) is located over the existing Southport Central Business District (CBD) and includes the former Gold Coast hospital site, Broadwater Parklands and residential areas located directly north of Railway Street and south of Queen Street. The PDA contains a diverse mix of uses centred around Nerang and Scarborough Streets and includes retail, commercial, financial, educational, legal and community uses, while the residential areas offer a diversity of dwelling type and size.
The PDA has an area of approximately 195.7 hectares.
Download the Priority Development Area Boundary Map.
Why was Southport declared a Priority Development Area?
Southport is the traditional centre of the Gold Coast focused on knowledge based employment, regional government administration, medical, retail and commercial as well as regional community, recreation facilities. Southport has always been the pre-eminent centre of the city with the highest concentration of employment with the largest share of office space (149,240m2), attracting a workforce of 24,857 people. Southport is the most populated centre in the city with a resident population of 28,315.
Declaration as a Priority Development Area provides the opportunity to facilitate development, remove barriers and encourage flexibility and innovation. This will support the growth and advancement of Southport as the Central Business District of the Gold Coast.
What is the City of Gold Coast’s role in relation to the Southport Priority Development Area?
The City of Gold Coast (the City) will prepare a development scheme for the Priority Development Area (PDA). This will include community engagement. The City will also be responsible for assessing development applications within the PDA.
What is Economic Development Queensland’s role in relation to the Southport Priority Development Area?
Economic Development Queensland will assist in the preparation of a development scheme and the development assessment process by ensuring state interests are addressed.
What is the Southport Interim Land Use Plan?
Until a Southport Priority Development Area (PDA) development scheme is finalised, development within the PDA is regulated under the Southport Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP). The ILUP allows for some development and early works on key sites to occur while also ensuring that future development opportunities in the PDA are protected from incompatible land uses.
What is the Southport Priority Development Area proposed development scheme?
The Southport Priority Development Area (PDA) proposed development scheme will be the planning document which sets out the land uses, development criteria and infrastructure envisaged for the Southport PDA.
After preparing the proposed development scheme, the City of Gold Coast is required to undertake public notification to advise the community of the future plans for the PDA. This provides an opportunity for the public to have its say.
When will public notification of the proposed development scheme occur and how can I have my say?
The Southport Priority Development Area proposed development scheme will be on public notification for a minimum of 30 business days. The public notification period is expected to commence in March 2014.
During this period all interested parties including the community, stakeholders, residents and local business operators are invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission for consideration by the City of Gold Coast (the City).
The City will inform the community of the public notification period in a variety of ways, including advertising in local newspapers, articles in the City's publications and updates on the Economic Development Queensland and the City websites.
What happens once the public notification period closes?
Once the public notification period closes the City of Gold Coast (the City) will review and consider all submissions received. The City will then prepare a submissions report identifying the issues and how they have been addressed and what changes have been proposed to the development scheme.
After any changes have been made to the proposed development scheme, the scheme accompanied by the submissions report will be submitted to the Queensland Government for review and approval. These documents will be made available on the Economic Development Queensland and City of Gold Coast websites.
How long will it take for a development scheme to be approved and adopted for the Southport Priority Development Area?
Under the Economic Development Act 2012, the Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP) will expire 12 months from the date it commences. As a result, this allows up to 12 months to finalise the development scheme. Until a development scheme is finalised, development within the Priority Development Area is regulated under the ILUP.
How will the infrastructure required to support development of the site be financed?
The delivery of infrastructure is a key component to facilitating development within Priority Development Areas (PDA) and ensuring adequate funding for this infrastructure is vital.
Various processes exist which allow the City of Gold Coast (the City) to require infrastructure funding from parties undertaking development in the PDA. Other funding sources, such as external funding programs, may also be sought by the City to fund major works such as community facilities within the PDA.
What happens to a development application that was lodged with the City of Gold Coast prior to declaration?
When a Priority Development Area is declared development, applications already lodged with Local Government for the area continue to be assessed and decided by the Local Government under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and the provisions of the relevant planning scheme.
How does the Economic Development Act 2012 development assessment process differ from the Sustainable Planning Act process?
Development applications over land within a Priority Development Area (PDA) are made to and assessed by the City of Gold Coast as a delegated entity, under the Interim Land Use Plan (or subsequently a development scheme) and the Economic Development Act 2012. Under this Act, the decision process generally occurs within 40 business days.
Development applications over land outside a PDA are made to and assessed by the local government authority under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and the planning scheme.
What happens to a building application?
Applications continue to be made under the Sustainable Planning Act, which provides for private certification.
What will happen when a development application is lodged with the City of Gold Coast?
When making a Priority Development Area (PDA) development application, the application will be assessed using the process set out in the Economic Development Act 2012 and against the Southport PDA Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP). While a Southport PDA development scheme is being drafted, the ILUP is the primary statutory tool which is used to assess development applications. The development scheme, when finalised, will supersede the ILUP in development assessment.
How can you lodge a Priority Development Area application with the City of Gold Coast?
Following declaration, all development applications are required to be made to the City of Gold Coast (the City), Priority Development Area (PDA) application forms are available on the City website. The application forms are to be used for all new development applications within the Southport PDA.
Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to have pre-facilitation meetings with the City prior to lodging a PDA. The pre-facilitation process has been established to identify and address development questions prior to lodgement, to streamline the assessment process.
How can I have a say into how the Priority Development Area is developed?
The Southport Priority Deveopment Area scheme will be on public notification for a minimum of 30 business days. The public notification period is expected to begin in March 2014.
During this period all interested parties including the community, residents, local business operators and State agencies are invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission for consideration by the City of Gold Coast.
Development applications may require public notification in some circumstances including where a proposal does not comply with the intent of the precinct or if it may have undue impacts on adjoining land.