City Plan amendments

The City has committed to an ongoing program of amendments to City Plan.

In preparation

Major amendment 4
Major amendment 5
Major environmental amendment
Southport special entertainment precinct – qualified state interest
Local Government Infrastructure Plan 2
Major amendment designing for Flood
Bushfire hazards amendment

In progress

Our City Our Plan (Major Update 2 & 3)

City officers have been engaging with State planners since July preparing to formally submit the Our City Our Plan Major Update 2 & 3 City Plan amendment package to the Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning for his consideration.

Informed by feedback from State planners, City officers are preparing additional explanatory information and justifications to support the formal submission. This, in part, is required to address the complexity of the amendment package and the various rounds of consultation that have been undertaken.

The formal submission is the culmination of many years of work by the City and extensive feedback from the community to inform this major update to our City Plan.

Our City Our Plan (Major Update 2 & 3)

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Landslide hazard mapping

We are currently reviewing our landslide hazard maps. The review will inform proposed updates to the landslide hazard overlay map in the City Plan to improve the city's resilience to natural hazards.

The proposed new mapping uses higher resolution photography and topography to give a better representation of landslide risk.

This proposed mapping identifies some properties with a potential landslide hazard risk. Most of these properties are within low density, medium density and rural residential zones.

The landslide hazard overlay code will protect residents and their property by helping to regulate development taking place on land with steep and unstable slopes.

The proposed mapping is being refined following community consultation conducted in 2020. The proposed City Plan update will be submitted to the State government for consideration and assessment later in 2021.

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Landslide hazard mapping

 

 

 

Completed

The Spit Master Plan Implementation (key development sites) – commenced as City Plan Version 8 on 15 December 2020

Consistent with the Ministerial Direction, The Spit Master Plan Implementation (Key Development Sites) amendment will ensure that:

  • zoning of each key development site is compatible with the land uses shown in the Master Plan
  • each land use shown in the Master Plan is prescribed a level of assessment that is either code assessable or accepted development
  • appropriate benchmarks are prescribed for each of these key development sites to deliver the outcomes shown in the Master Plan.

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Major Update: New communities (Eggersdorf Road, Ormeau) – commenced as City Plan Version 8 on 15 December 2020

The purpose and general effect of this draft update package was to amend City Plan maps relating to land at Eggersdorf Road, Ormeau. The update identified new land for urban development and provides for the identification and protection of the Wongawallan Hinterland to Coast Critical Corridor.

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GC Have Your Say

Minor and Administrative Update 7 – commenced as part of City Plan Version 8 on 15 December 2020

General administrative updates to correct or change City Plan format, presentation, spelling, grammar, redundant/outdated terms, inconsistent numbering, cross-referencing, and other administrative matters.

The Spit Masterplan implementation administrative amendment 1 – commenced as City Plan Version 8 on 15 December 2020

The Spit Master Plan implementation (key development sites) administrative amendment 1 relates to the interpretation of air services (helicopter operations) within the City Plan. In accordance with Council resolution (G20.0915.030), The Spit administration amendment seeks to amend wording in Part 3 Strategic Framework of City Plan.

Minor and Administrative Update 6 – commenced as City Plan Version 7 on 1 July 2019

General administrative updates to correct or change City Plan format, presentation, spelling, grammar, redundant/outdated terms, inconsistent numbering, cross-referencing, and other administrative matters.

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City Plan Minor and Administrative Update 6(PDF, 8MB)

Major amendment for Stormwater quality to the Local Government Infrastructure Plan – commenced as City Plan Version 7 on 1 July 2019

The Stormwater quality network removes pollutants including oils, sediment, nutrients and pathogens from stormwater runoff, to reduce these reaching our waterways. This makes for a more liveable city, maintaining our vibrant healthy streams, rivers and beaches within natural water cycles. The City network has over 1100 water quality devices and this number increases each year as the city grows. These devices include:

  • Gross pollutant traps used to trap hard rubbish items and leaf litter
  • Wetlands to remove nutrient pollution from stormwater through plant uptake
  • Bio-retention basins to remove nutrient pollution by filtering stormwater through sand media and plant uptake
  • Sediment basins to capture and prevent sediments from entering waterways and also remove nutrients through plant uptake
  • Vegetated swale drains to remove nutrient pollution by filtering stormwater through sand media and plant uptake.

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Major Update 1 and 1B – commenced on 20 September 2018 as part of City Plan Version 6

Major Update 1

  • Small lot housing review
  • party house land use controls
  • flood overlay
  • social, community, and public supporting uses
  • Burleigh Heads Village character
  • Tugun Village character
  • High priority policy adjustments including:
    • transport definitions
    • Gold Coast Cultural Precinct
    • building over or near Council infrastructure
    • covered car parking setbacks in medium and high density residential zones.

Major Update 1B

  • Remove reference to Wave Break Island for the Integrated Resort Development at the Broadwater
  • hours of operation for exempt commercial uses in district centres
  • levels of assessment for lease, access easement, community title and volumetric subdivisions
  • Emerging community zone setback/site cover provisions
  • level of assessment for utility installation affected by overlays
  • Biggera Waters centre and surrounding land study
  • alignment of residential density and lot size in the low density residential zone.

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Minor and Administrative Update 5 – commenced as City Plan Version 6 on 20 September 2018

General administrative updates to correct or change City Plan format, presentation, spelling, grammar, redundant/outdated terms, inconsistent numbering, cross-referencing, and other administrative matters.

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City Plan Minor and Administrative Update 5(PDF, 477KB)

Major Amendment 1 to the Local Government Infrastructure Plan – commenced as City Plan Version 5 on 27 June 2018

  • State legislation required the City to prepare and adopt a Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) that clearly aligned with our long-term financial plan by 1 July 2018.
  • The City has prepared an LGIP to identify our growing city's trunk infrastructure for the next 15 years in accordance with the Planning Act 2016.
  • The LGIP outlines the City's vision for trunk infrastructure services including: water supply; sewerage; stormwater; public parks and land for community facilities; and transport networks, which will meet the needs of our growing community.
  • The plan boosts our robust economy by providing transparent information to the public regarding our future infrastructure plans.
  • It replaced the transitional LGIP and enables the City to continue to levy infrastructure charges and impose conditions for trunk infrastructure required for our growing communities.
  • The LGIP will be reviewed regularly and amended with the City Plan.

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Draft Local Government Infrastructure Plan Submissions Report(PDF, 502KB)

Major Update to City Plan Policies (Schedule 6) – commenced as City Plan Version 5 on 27 June 2018

Minor and Administrative Update 4 – commenced as City Plan Version 5 on 27 June 2018

Major Update to City Plan Policies

General administrative updates to correct or change City Plan format, presentation, spelling, grammar, redundant/outdated terms, inconsistent numbering, cross-referencing, and other administrative matters.

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Planning Act 2016 Alignment Amendment – commenced as City Plan Version 4 on 3 July 2017

The Act introduced new terminology and new rules for development assessment. Provisions within codes have been clarified and strengthened for bounded assessment this includes duplicating Strategic Framework objectives within codes

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City Plan Planning Act 2016 Alignment Amendment(PDF, 892KB)

Minor and Administrative Update 3 – commenced as City Plan Version 4 on 3 July 2017

  • General administrative updates to correct or change City Plan format, presentation, spelling, grammar, redundant/outdated terms and legislation, inconsistent numbering, cross-referencing, and other administrative matters.
  • Updates to mapping to reflect new cadastre and current development.
  • Inclusion of a new administrative definition for Landscape works.
  • Clarification of provisions to assist with implementation.
  • Updates to City Plan Policies to assist with interpretation.

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City Plan Minor and Administrative Update 3(PDF, 8MB)

Minor and Administrative Update 2 – commenced as City Plan Version 3 on 17 May 2016

  • Changes as required by the commencement of Queensland Planning Provisions version 4.
  • General administrative updates to correct or change City Plan format, presentation, spelling, grammar, redundant/outdated terms, inconsistent numbering, cross-referencing, and other administrative matters.
  • Update City Plan to refer to the Queensland Development Code in most cases regarding setbacks of structures associated with a Dwelling.
  • Update the relevant acceptable outcomes in the Low density residential zone code to refer to the Residential density overlay map.
  • Ensure secondary dwellings with a gross floor area (GFA) of less than 80 square metres do not trigger impact assessment in the Low density residential zone (large lot precinct).
  • Amend side setbacks in Neighbourhood centre and Mixed use zone codes to align with the Overall outcomes.
  • Update the site cover in the Rural residential zone code (Rural residential landscape and environment precinct) to align with a previous Council resolution.
  • Amend the Table of assessment for the 'Ferry Road high voltage corridor (Energex)' to list the Regional infrastructure overlay code as applicable assessment criteria.
  • Amend the Secondary dwelling code to reflect the policy intent for secondary dwellings.
  • Amend the definitions for a 'corner lot', a 'road' and 'vegetation'.
  • Update the considerations for determining suitable vehicle clearance requirements for waste collection. Addition of specifications for two bin sizes not included previously.

Minor and Administrative Update 1 – commenced as City Plan Version 2 on 2 February 2016

  • Explanatory notes on building height tests in the strategic framework.
  • Changes to vehicular crossings which are now subject to self-assessment.
  • Multiple additions to assessment criteria in tables of assessment which were omitted.
  • Amendments to strategic framework maps to align transport routes with the State and major road network.
  • Transitional Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP). Please note this forms part of the City Plan Version 2 and can be found in Part 4 and Schedule 3.
  • Minor changes to how City Plan is referenced throughout the document.

Draft City Plan

The draft City Plan replaced the Our Living City Gold Coast Planning Scheme 2003 when it commenced on 2 February 2016. The plan applies to the entire Gold Coast area and was prepared in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 as a framework for managing development.

State interest review of the draft City Plan was completed in April 2014 and, following changes in response to state requirements, the City endorsed the draft plan for public consultation in June 2014.

The official public consultation period was held from 17 June to 29 July 2014 with submissions accepted until 20 August 2014.

The City Plan 2015 Special Committee reviewed all submissions to the draft plan and a City response to each submission is provided in this report.

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