New City Plan sets a framework for the future

11 December 2015

Council today adopted the City Plan, giving confidence to business and certainty to residents about the future of the Gold Coast.

Mayor Tom Tate said the City Plan had been two years in the making, guided by industry and the community, and endorsed by the State Government.

“The City Plan is a huge step forward for the coast. As we embrace the opportunities the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will bring, and rise to the challenge of population growth, the City Plan provides a robust framework to support our city over the next 20 years,” Cr Tate said.

“It provides the right conditions for greater economic growth by encouraging investment and job creation. It will be our city’s biggest economic lever.”

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning Jackie Trad said State Government officers had carefully considered the final City Plan presented by City of Gold Coast for approval.

“I am satisfied the council’s finalised planning scheme has appropriately addressed the various state interests and reflects the community’s feedback.

“I congratulate Mayor Tom Tate and his Council on delivering a plan that manages growth for this key area of Queensland and for working towards positive outcomes for the City, especially with the Commonwealth Games just around the corner,” Ms Trad said. 

With the Gold Coast’s population expected to top 800,000 by 2035, the City Plan supports development to deliver new business, education and employment choices, working to lift the city’s competitiveness. It will facilitate new housing, provide a catalyst for jobs growth and create key infrastructure connections.

A key feature of the City Plan is its simple, streamlined approach.The new plan is simpler and clearer than its predecessor, reducing the complexity of processes, using plain English and cutting red tape by reducing levels of assessment and eliminating the requirement for further planning approvals on low risk land uses.

Cr Tate said the plan would protect our world-class environment and retain the Gold Coast lifestyle we all love by concentrating growth in a compact city shape and avoiding urban sprawl.

“As our city matures, the plan will guide its development with some parts of the city projected to evolve and change to create exciting economic and lifestyle opportunities, while other areas will be protected to maintain their existing unique character,” he said.

The City Plan will commence from 2 February 2016.

Mayor Tate thanked the 2,400 individuals and businesses who had contributed to developing the City Plan.

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