New City Plan protects green space and drives certainty

2 February 2016

The natural environment, business and residents will all benefit from the new City Plan which takes effect from today.

“Protecting our green and open space is vital for our city which is expected to record significant population growth over coming decades,’’ said Mayor Tom Tate.

“Under the plan, growth will be concentrated in existing urban areas. The over-riding principle of this new plan is we need to build up, not out, so we remain a great place to live, work, invest and play.

“The plan has been overlaid on top of our already endorsed Transport Strategy. What this means is the high density growth will be concentrated in areas serviced by the light rail and bus networks. This makes sense as it minimises the need for more cars on the road. Minimising future vehicle traffic movements assists in protecting our enviable lifestyle.’’

Under the plan, around two thirds of the Gold Coast is designated as non-urban to safeguard the Gold Coast’s coastal environments, waterways, green open spaces and World Heritage areas.

The plan, which has been out for various levels of community and industry consultation during the last two years, will detail the rules of development into the future.

“The new plan is simpler and clearer than its predecessor, using plain English and cutting red tape” said Cr Tate.

“Gold Coasters can go online and use our new web tools and interactive maps to have a look at the plan.

“If residents have suggestions, concerns or questions about the plan, they can let us know by filling out an online form.”

View the plan at

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