City’s character preserved in planning changes

3 October 2017

The first major updates to the City Plan have been announced with residents encouraged to have their say.

Planning committee chair Cameron Caldwell said the plan sets out the vision for managing and supporting long-term growth and is a crucial tool in shaping the Gold Coast into a world-class city.  

“Our City Plan is a living document and we are committed to an ongoing program of regular updates to ensure it remains current and responsive,” he said.

“The proposed updates are designed to meet State Government requirements, align with community expectations and achieve best practice.’’

Proposed City Plan updates include:

  • new provisions for small lot housing to provide for quality design outcomes
  • updated flood overlay maps that reflect a flood that has a one per cent chance of occurring in any year
  • recognising the character and visual amenity for Burleigh Heads Village and Tugun Village
  • streamlining of assessment for a number of social, community, recreational and public supporting activities 
  • changes to the low density residential zone to allow subdivisions down to 400m2 on corner lots, dual frontage lots and within a short walkable distance of designated centres
  • supporting appropriate future growth and opportunities in the area surrounding Harbour Town shopping centre.
  • changes to City Plan policies to update standards, improve useability and provide more guidance on satisfying assessment 
  • a draft Local Government Infrastructure Plan that outlines the City’s vision for trunk infrastructure services including water supply, sewerage, parks, community spaces and transport networks.

Residents can have their say from 4 October to 15 November through various on-line tools and community information sessions.

Five public information sessions are scheduled to give Gold Coasters an opportunity to discuss the updates with relevant City officers. Visit

Birds eye shot of the gold coast beaches and skyline.