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Urban design

City of Gold Coast is committed to upholding quality design and urban design principles in conjunction with our goal of protecting and enhancing our natural environment.

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Building our city

The 'Building our city' project is a long term research and reporting project being undertaken in conjunction with Griffith University’s Urban Research Program. It measures how specific parts of the Gold Coast are changing over time. The project will track the benefits of investment and infrastructure planning in certain areas by the City and the Commonwealth and State Governments. It will also provide input into public policy decision making as future reports are published.

The methodology is simple. Specific locations are selected. Then indicators (economic, urban planning, social and environmental) are identified, measured and mapped to establish a baseline. The indicators are measured again every two years and the results are compared to identify changes. The key to the project is presenting the data simply in a highly visual report. This aims to make the data accessible for a wide range of stakeholders, and clearly measure and communicate outcomes.

For further information please contact our Office of Architecture and Heritage on 07 5582 8875.

The Gold Coast light rail project

Light Rail Corridor - Parkwood to Broadbeach

The Gold Coast light rail project is one of the biggest public transport projects in the country, and the biggest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken on the Gold Coast. As Queensland’s first ever light rail system, it represents a major step forward in transforming the city into a modern, accessible destination. The system has now expanded to 19 light rail stations along a 20 kilometre route from Broadbeach to Helensvale.

Read our Light Rail Corridor reports to find out more about the statistics prior to the operation of the light rail and to see what's changed since.

Southport priority development area

Southport PDA

Southport was declared a Priority Development Area (PDA) in October 2013 with the Southport PDA Development Scheme being approved by the State Government in September 2014, marking a major milestone in planning for the Gold Coast CBD and significantly boosting the City’s plans to revitalise Southport.

Read our Southport PDA reports to find out more about the benefits of this project and to see what's changed.

Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct

Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct (GCHKP)

The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct is a vibrant community where people live, learn and work. The 200 hectare health and knowledge precinct, located at Parklands in Southport, is rapidly growing and includes the state-of-the-art Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Private Hospital, and Griffith University.

Read our Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct Reports to find out more about the benefits of this project.

Light Rail Corridor - Broadbeach to Coolangatta

Southern Transport Corridor - Broadbeach to Coolangatta

The Southern Transport Corridor is planned to extend the existing light rail route from Broadbeach South station to Coolangatta via the Gold Coast Airport. Extending the light rail will make it easier to get around the city, reduce congestion on the roads and improve commute times. Connections to residential areas, workplaces and the airport will see continued economic growth, jobs and opportunities. Residents and tourists will benefit from improved access to beaches, parks, dining and entertainment.

Read the Southern Transport Corridor 2017 Baseline Report to find out more.

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