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City Plan updates

The City has committed to an ongoing program of updates to our City Plan.

The following City Plan updates are currently in progress:

The Spit Master Plan Implementation (key development sites)

Status

Public consultation for the The Spit Master Plan Implementation (key development sites) is now closed. City officers will review submissions. A full submissions report will be available once the review of submissions has concluded.

The Spit Master Plan was released by State Government in May 2019. To unlock economic opportunities and enhance the recreational offering on at The Spit, the State Government is leading a site-release program.

To ensure future development aligns with the Master Plan, and in response to a Ministerial Direction received from State Government, the City of Gold Coast is proposing an amendment to the Gold Coast City Plan.

 

Summary of updates

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 and
  • appropriate benchmarks are prescribed for each of these key development sites to deliver the outcomes shown in the Master Plan.

To learn more about these updates, visit GC Have Your Say.

View the supporting documents for The Spit Masterplan implementation.

Our City Our Plan (Major Update 2 & 3)

Status

The third round of public consultation for Our City Our Plan (Major Update 2 & 3) is now closed. City officers will review submissions. A full submissions report will be available once the review of submissions has concluded.

 

Summary of updates

We received more than 1631 pieces of feedback during two extensive consultation periods, which significantly influenced the proposed changes to City Plan.

Feedback received during the first round of consultation resulted in a proposed reduction in building height and residential density along the eastern side of Jefferson Lane at Palm Beach. 

These changes were intended to form part of the second round of consultation. Whilst the proposed change to building height was correctly advertised during the second round of consultation, the proposed changes to the Residential density overlay mapping were incorrect.

To align with Council’s resolution of 13 December 2019, we undertook a third round of public consultation from 12 May to 10 June 2020.

To learn more about these updates, please visit gchaveyoursay.com.au/ourcityourplan.

View PDFs of Our City Our Plan amendments or supporting documents below.

Major Update - New communities (Eggersdorf Road, Ormeau)

The purpose and general effect of this draft update package is to amend a number of City Plan maps relating to land at Eggersdorf Road, Ormeau including identifying new land for urban development and providing for the identification and protection of the Wongawallan Hinterland to Coast Critical Corridor.

Status

On 20 September 2019, Council endorsed a report responding to public submissions and a request for further information from the State Government.

To find out more about Major Update – New Communities (Eggersdorf Road, Ormeau) visit GC Have Your Say.

The following City Plan updates are currently in planning and preparation:

Landslide Hazard Mapping Update

Status

The landslide hazard mapping update has completed the planning and preparation phase of the City Plan update statutory process. Council have endorsed the update to be submitted to the Minister for State interest check, following which there will be opportunity for public submissions to be made on the proposed mapping changes.

Summary of updates

To enhance the city’s resilience to natural hazards the City of Gold Coast is proposing updates to the landslide hazard overlay map in the City Plan.

The landslide hazard overlay code and City Plan policy – geotechnical stability assessment guidelines remain unchanged.

Find out more on the Landslide hazard mapping page.


The following City Plan updates have been completed:

Minor and Administrative Update 1

Status

Completed. Commenced as City Plan Version 2 on 2 February 2016.

Summary of updates

  • 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.

Access Minor and Administrative Update 1

Minor and Administrative Update 1 is incorporated into City Plan Version 2.

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Minor and Administrative Update 2

Status

Completed. Adopted by Council on 10 May 2016 to commence as City Plan Version 3 on 17 May 2016.

Summary of updates

  • changes as required by the commencement of QPP 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 defer 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 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.

Access Minor and Administrative Update 2.

Planning Act 2016 Alignment Amendment

Status

Completed. Commenced as City Plan Version 4 on 3 July 2017.

Summary of updates

The Act introduces new terminology and new rules for development assessment. Some of the terminology changes are shown in the table below.

Sustainable Planning Act 2009 Planning Act 2016
Exempt development Accepted development
Self-assessable development Accepted development subject to requirements
Compliance assessment Assessable development (code assessment)
Code assessment Assessable development (code assessment)
Impact assessment Assessable development (impact assessment)
A code, or other matter, against which assessable development must be assessed Assessment benchmark

Provisions within codes have been clarified and strengthened for bounded assessment. This includes duplicating strategic framework objectives within codes.

To view the update packages, please refer to City Plan Update package page.

Minor and Administrative Update 3

Status

Completed. Commenced as City Plan Version 4 on 3 July 2017.

Summary of updates

  • 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.

To view the update packages, please refer to City Plan Update package page.

Major Update to City Plan Policies (Schedule 6)

Status

Completed. Commenced as City Plan Version 5 on 27 June 2018.

Summary of updates

  • Bushfire management plans
  • Land development guidelines
  • Landscape work
  • Environmental management plans
  • Geotechnical stability assessment guideline.

To view the update packages, please refer to City Plan Update package page.

Minor and Administrative Update 4

Status

Completed. Commenced as City Plan Version 5 on 27 June 2018.

Summary of updates

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

To view the update packages, please refer to City Plan Update package page.

Major Amendment 1 to the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP)

Status

Completed. Commenced as City Plan Version 5 on 27 June 2018.

Summary of updates

  • State legislation required the City to prepare and adopt an 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.

To view the update packages, please refer to City Plan Update package page.

Major Update 1 and 1B

Status

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

View the Submissions Report.

Summary of updates

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.

Minor and Administrative Update 5

Status

Completed. Commenced as City Plan Version 6 on 20 September 2018.

Summary of updates

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

To view the update packages, please refer to City Plan Update package page.

Minor and Administrative Update 6

Status

Completed. Commenced as City Plan Version 7 on 1 July 2019.

Summary of updates

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

To view the update packages, please refer to City Plan Update package page.

Major amendment for Stormwater Quality to the Local Government Infrastructure Plan

Status

Completed. Commenced as City Plan Version 7 on 1 July 2019.

Summary of updates

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 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.

Access the Local Government Infrastructure Plan.

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