City Plan amendments

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

In preparation

Major amendments

  • New road widening overlay
  • Environmental
  • Yatala Enterprise Area Industry Amendment (Phase 1)
  • Designing for flood
  • Centre elements overlay code
  • Bushfire hazards overlay
  • General policy refinements

In progress

Our City Our Plan (Major update 2 & 3)

On 17 October 2022, the Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning approved, in part, the Major Update 2 & 3 amendment package.

As the Minister’s approval does not include all items in the submitted amendment package, work is required by the City’s planning officers to create the new version of City Plan that integrates the approved items only. It is expected that the new version of City Plan will be ready for Council consideration to adopt in February 2023.

We will continue to work with the Department on a program to effectively deliver the remaining items and will report back to Council in February with a proposed way forward.

Stage 1

Planning and preparation

Step 1 – Propose and prepare amendment content

Step 2 – Progress to State interest review

Stage 2

State interest review

Step 3 – Minister considers and decides how to proceed

Stage 3

Public consultation

Step 4 – Public consultation

Step 5 – Review submissions and decide how to proceed

Step 6 – Minister advises on adoption

Stage 4

Adoption

Step 7 – Decision to adopt

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Major update to City Plan Policies to support Our City Our Plan (Major update 2 & 3)

Major update to City Plan Policies underwent public consultation in conjunction with Our City Our Plan (Major update 2 & 3).

Everyone who made a submission during the public consultation periods has been sent a response detailing the consideration of points raised in their submission.

This amendment is anticipated to commence along with Our City Our Plan (Major update 2 & 3) in mid to late 2022.

Stage 1

Planning and preparation

Step 1 – Propose and prepare amendment content

Step 2 – Progress to Public consultation

Stage 2

Public consultation

Step 3 – Public consultation

Step 4 – Review submissions and decide how to proceed

Stage 3

Adoption

Step 5 – Decision to adopt

Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) amendment

We have reviewed and are proposing to amend our Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) in accordance with the Planning Act 2016 and the Minister’s Guidelines and Rules. The draft LGIP amendment was open for public consultation from 1 to 19 August 2022. We have now considered all submissions and possible changes.

We have prepared a Draft LGIP Amendment Consultation Report which provides a response to all submissions received. You can also visit one of our Customer Service Centres to view the report in hard copy.

Completed

Planning and preparation

Completed

Compliance check

Completed

State review

Completed

Public consultation

Now

Minister's consideration

Pending

Adoption

More information

Draft LGIP Amendment Consultation Report – December 2022(PDF, 4MB)

Heritage overlay provisions

The Heritage overlay provisions amendment was submitted for State interest review on 17 May 2022 and received Ministerial approval to proceed to public consultation on 14 December 2022.

The amendment revises the Cultural Heritage Element in the Strategic Framework, the Heritage overlay table of assessment and the Heritage overlay. It also includes new Heritage related Administrative definitions in Schedule 1, the inclusion of nine new places and correction of mapping errors to the Heritage overlay mapping in Schedule 2 and a new City Plan Heritage policy.

Public consultation is now open from 16 December 2022 to 23 January 2023. We encourage you to have your say on the proposed amendments during this consultation period.

Stage 1

Planning and preparation

Step 1 – Propose and prepare amendment content

Step 2 – Progress to State interest review

Stage 2

State interest review

Step 3 – Minister considers and decides how to proceed

Stage 3

Public consultation

Step 4 – Public consultation

Step 5 – Review submissions and decide how to proceed

Step 6 – Minister advises on adoption

Stage 4

Adoption

Step 7 – Decision to adopt

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Landslide overlay code and mapping

We are currently reviewing our landslide hazard exposure. 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 draft mapping is currently being refined following community consultation conducted in 2020. The proposed City Plan update will be submitted to the State government for consideration and assessment, following hazard identification and drafting of the update.

More information

Landslide hazard mapping

Designing for flood (Major update)

We recently reviewed our flood maps based on updated flood modelling. The improved models use better technology to forecast rainfall, ocean boundaries and catchment characteristics.

Since modelling was completed in April 2022, we prepared a Flood Risk Assessment and a draft Feasible Alternatives Assessment Report. The Flood Risk Assessment considers flood behaviour, future urban areas, zoning and land use, mitigation and immunity, and climate change. The draft Feasible Alternatives Assessment Report has assessed and anticipate risk as well as how the proposed planning changes might mitigate the risks of flood hazards.

This work has informed the development of proposed updates to the flood overlay code in the City Plan to improve the city's resilience to natural hazards.

The flood risk overlay code will protect residents and their property by helping to mitigate flood risks through appropriate design and development provisions.

The proposed City Plan update will be submitted to the State government for assessment in late 2022.

Completed

Model rainfall and flooding across the Gold Coast and develop city-wide flood maps for planning and insurance

Completed

Use flood maps to undertake a city-wide flood risk assessment

Completed

Use flood risk assessment to consider land use planning options

Pending

Finalise draft City Plan major update for State Government review in early-mid 2023

Pending

When endorsed by the State Government, undertake community consultation 2023

Pending

Following endorsement by Council and the State Government, adopt flood amendments into the City Plan

Related information

Flood maps

Completed

Minor and Administrative Amendment & Southport Priority Development Area Development Scheme (Gold Coast CBD Special Entertainment Precinct)

Minor and Administrative amendments to City Plan to support the establishment of a Special Entertainment Precinct (SEP) in the Southport Priority Development Area (PDA).

Minor and Administrative Amendment 8

Minor amendments to the City Plan to align mapping to the latest basemap content, address matters of a minor nature that do not include zoning.

Changes, reflect the latest cadastre update and reflect current development approvals.

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.

More information

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.

More information

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.

More information

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

More information

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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