Shaping SEQ is the State government's regional plan for South East Queensland. The plan sets a benchmark of supplying 158,900 new dwellings for the Gold Coast by 2041.
The Gold Coast City Plan identifies areas to be investigated for possible future growth. These areas are protected from urban development until investigations are undertaken. As part of these investigations, Council will ask landholders, residents and industry for their input throughout the process.
These areas may be developed to deliver new housing and employment opportunities.
Community feedback informed changes to the Oxenford Investigation Area Preferred Concept Plan (Riversdale A Precinct). The Plan was endorsed by Council in April 2023. Further detailed technical assessments are underway and will guide the statutory-plan making process.
The feedback received from engagement with landowners in 2022 has been considered by City officers. A further technical investigation is underway. Following the results of this investigation, the Concept Plan will be updated (if required) for Council consideration and endorsement.
In May 2022, the Minister for Transport and Main Roads advised that most of the developable land within the Ormeau Investigation area is required for Category C Protected Planning (Future Railway Land), pursuant to section 242 of the Transport and Infrastructure Act 1994. Given this designation, and loss of development opportunities, this Investigation area is expected to be removed as part of a future major amendment to City Plan.
Stage 1 of the Gaven North Investigation area project is now complete. Now underway, Stage 2 involves technical investigations and may include further opportunities for community engagement.