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Part 9

Schedule 1 - Definitions

Schedule 2 - Mapping

Schedule 6 - City Plan policies

Item 1 & 2 - Building height overlay map and new building height categories

Changes are proposed to define building heights in metres instead of storeys, allocate a height to every property and expand building height categories. These changes will make it easier for the community to understand the City Plan’s intent for heights within the city. This will also simplify the development assessment process and provide a visual representation of the sustainable city shape.

Council report - Building Height Study - An approach to city image (PDF 340kb)

Building Height Study Volume 1 - Part 1 (PDF 25.5mb)

Building Height Study Volume 1 - Part 2 (PDF 18.5mb)

Building Height Study Volume 1 - Part 3 (PDF 9.07mb)

Building Height Study Volume 2 (PDF 15.6mb)

Attachment A - Previous resolutions relating to Building Height Study (PDF 148kb)

Item 3 - New low-medium residential zone

A new low-medium residential density zone will encourage more suitable development ensuring building heights and density are in line with the City Plan's intent and support the 'missing middle' as identified in Shaping SEQ South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017.

Council report - Major Building height and residential density anomalies - Phase 2 (PDF 860kb)

Attachment A - Recommendations (PDF 80kb)

Attachment B - Proposed drafted City Plan content (PDF 1.65mb)

Attachment C - Proposed mapping updates (PDF 60kb)

Item 4 - Residential density changes for limited areas

In updating the residential density overlay map to incorporate the new residential zone, three areas were identified that required additional changes to protect their existing character and alignment with the zone’s intent. These include all of Sovereign Island as well as areas in Currumbin and one property in Nerang.

Council report - Major Building height and residential density anomalies – Phase 3 (PDF 2.61mb)

Attachment A - Recommendations for updates to City Plan to address mapping anomalies (PDF 1.58mb)

Attachment B - Recommendations for updates to City Plan in relation to Sovereign Island (PDF 1.58mb)

Item 5 - Building height changes for limited areas

Item 6 - Building height changes for limited properties

As part of redefining the city’s building height policy, achieving better alignment between building height, residential density and zone intent results in mapping changes for 246 properties located in Broadbeach, Main Beach, Hope Island and Varsity Lakes. 

Attachment A - Policy recommendations (PDF 60kb)

Item 7 - Chevron Island zoning review

To address community concerns and infrastructure capacity issues on Chevron Island we are proposing to reduce height and density zones for the area. A new Chevron Island Precinct will also be created to help ensure building heights for future developments are aligned to the City Plan.

Council report - Chevron Island Planning Investigation (PDF1.60mb)

Attachment A - Policy recommendations (PDF 92kb)

Item 8 - Community benefit bonus elements policy removal

In response to internal and external stakeholder feedback, a review of the City Plan policy – Community benefit bonus elements found that the current policy was not delivering the intended outcomes as originally drafted. It is proposed that this policy be removed.

Council report - Community Benefit Bonus Elements Policy Review - Phase 1 (PDF 172kb)

Community Benefits Bonus Elements Policy Review - Phase 2: Summary Report (PDF 10.4mb)

Gold Coast City Plan Study - Setbacks and Site Cover in Medium and High density residential zones (PDF 6.29mb)

Council report - Built form and urban design outcomes in City Plan (PDF 1.01mb)

Attachment A - Policy recommendations (PDF 60kb)

Attachment B - Proposed City Plan drafted content (PDF 72kb)

Attachment B(ii) - Proposed changes to Tables of assessment (PDF 68kb)

Attachment B(iii) - Proposed changes to Medium density residential zone code (PDF 1.37mb)

Attachment B(iv) - Proposed changes to High density residential zone code (PDF 1.06mb)

Attachment B(v) - Proposed changes to Centre zone code (PDF 1.97mb)

Attachment B(vi) - Proposed changes to Neighbourhood centre zone code (PDF 1.26mb)

Attachment B(vii) - Proposed changes to Innovation zone code (PDF 0.98mb)

Attachment B(viii) - Proposed changes to Mixed use zone code (PDF 2.02mb)

Attachment B(ix) - Proposed changes to Light rail urban renewal area overlay code (PDF 10.2mb)

Attachment B(x) - Proposed changes to Commercial design code (PDF 1.36mb)

Attachment B(xi) - Proposed changes to High-rise accommodation design code (PDF 8.48mb)

Attachment B(xii) - Proposed changes to Multiple accommodation code (PDF 9.36mb)

Attachment B(xiii) - Proposed changes to General development provisions code (PDF 612kb)

Attachment C - Proposed mapping updates (PDF 60kb)

Attachment C(i) - Light rail urban renewal area overlay map (PDF 1.7mb)

Attachment D - Urban ground guideline (PDF 44kb)

Attachment E - Valuing good urban design on the Gold Coast (PDF 44kb)

Item 9 - Built form improvements

To better reflect contemporary architecture and built form outcomes, we are improving provisions for buildings. 

Council report - City Plan Major update 2 – General Policy Refinements (Part 2) (PDF 884kb)

Item 10 - Changes to communal and private open space 

Community focus groups and studies have shown that residents value private open space, parks and public transport access more than communal spaces. In response to this feedback, the City is proposing to: 

  • reduce the requirements for communal space to reflect contemporary practices
  • increase the amount of private open space required for future multi-unit developments to ensure private balconies are useable. 

Council report - Communal space and Private open space provisions review (PDF 1.56mb)

City Plan Communal and Private Open Space Review (PDF 21.5mb)

Attachment A - Recommendations (PDF 68kb)

Attachment B (ii) - Upper Coomera Precinct Plan (PDF 300kb)

Attachment B (iii) - Upper Coomera Investigation Area Proposed Zone Amendments (PDF 204kb)

Attachment B (ix) - Proposed changes to Light rail urban renewal area overlay code (PDF 10.2mb)

Item 11 - Existing light rail urban renewal area overlay review

In response to stakeholder feedback, the City has undertaken a built form review within the existing Light rail urban renewal overlay area.  

The review has revealed the City needs to focus on improving the design of the ground floor of buildings in the light rail urban renewal corridor overlay area. To ensure any future development in the light rail urban renewal corridor overlay area creates a high-quality public realm and positively contributes to the City’s lifestyle, a number of key improvements to the Strategic framework and the light rail urban renewal overlay code are proposed.  

Council report - Community Benefit Bonus Elements Policy Review – Phase 1 (PDF 172kb)

Council report - Built form and urban design outcomes in City Plan (PDF 0.99mb)

Final Report - Valuing good urban design on the Gold Coast (PDF 13.3mb)

The Urban Ground Guideline (PDF 31.3mb)

Attachment A - Recommendations (PDF 60kb)

Attachment B - Proposed City Plan drafted content (PDF 72kb)

Attachment C - Proposed mapping updates (PDF 60kb)

Attachment D - Proposed urban ground guideline (PDF 44kb)

Attachment E - Valuing good urban design on the Gold Coast (PDF 44kb)

Item 12 - Transport code changes

Since the adoption of City Plan, a total of 193 matters have been raised from internal and external stakeholders regarding the workability of transport related provisions in City Plan. Due to the volume of feedback, this has resulted in a review of all transport-related provisions in the City Plan.

This review has led to a number of changes to the Transport code and the Reconfiguring a lot code. The proposed changes seek to strengthen the operation of these codes and to better reflect the city’s demand for both car and bicycle parking for some development types.

Council report - City Plan Major update 2 - General Policy Refinement - Transport Outcome (PDF 192kb)

Item 13 - Shared access easement improvements

The City is proposing to limit the number of lots that can share an access easement to only two lots. This change will reduce conflict between neighbours and improve long-term maintenance arrangements. 

Council report - City Plan Major update 2 - General Policy Refinement (Part 2) (PDF 884kb)

Item 14 - Driveway and vehicle crossing update

To support a more streamlined application and approval process, the City is proposing to make changes in response to recurring issues regarding vehicle crossings and driveways.

Council report - City Plan Major update 2 - General Policy Refinement - Regulation of driveways and vehicular crossings (PDF 320kb)

Attachment A - Policy recommendations (PDF 276kb)

Item 15 - Identified growth areas

To better accommodate the next five years of population growth in the right locations that are supported by the right types of infrastructure at the right time, the City has identified three priority growth areas at Biggera Waters, Labrador and Southport West.

The diversification of dwelling choice in the identified priority growth areas will also be supported by the introduction of the new Low-medium residential density zone.

The Light Rail Stage 3 and adjoining residential areas were excluded from Council’s five-year Growth Allocation project because the detailed business case was incomplete at the time of the investigation.

Council report - Part A - Five year growth allocation project (PDF 611kb)

Council report - Part B - Five year growth allocation project and building height updates (PDF 3.88mb)

City Plan - Outcomes from infill and building height - Part A (PDF 1.45mb)

Item 16 - Urban expansion: Upper Coomera Investigation Area

Through the City Plan Investigation Area work program, the City has identified potential long-term opportunities to responsibly manage new growth in our city. In consultation with property owners, the Upper Coomera investigation area of Courtney Drive has now been appropriately planned to accommodate a new community which balances residential opportunities with planning for open space and wildlife.

Various changes to City Plan are now proposed to assist with planning future development opportunities within this investigation area.

Council report - Upper Coomera investigation area - draft concept plan report (PDF 168kb)

Attachment 1 - Previous resolutions - Upper Coomera investigation area (PDF 76kb)

Attachment 2 - Aerial image of Upper Coomera Investigation Area (PDF 396kb)

Appendix E - Courtney Drive, Upper Coomera Investigation Area Flora and Fauna Study (PDF 17.1mb)

Attachment 4 - Draft Concept Plan Courtney Drive, Upper Coomera (PDF 1.17mb)

Council report - Courtney Drive, Upper Coomera investigation area – draft City Plan update (PDF 392kb)

Attachment 1 - Previous resolutions - Upper Coomera draft City Plan update (PDF 76kb)

Attachment 2 - Location plan - Upper Coomera draft City Plan update (PDF 448kb)

Attachment 3 - Submissions report - Courtney Drive, Upper Coomera (PDF 328kb)

Attachment 4 - City Plan options analysis (PDF 76kb)

Attachment 5 - Upper Coomera (Courtney Drive) Investigation Area proposed zone amendments (PDF 196kb)

Attachment 6 - Precinct Plan (PDF 144kb)

Attachment 7 - Principles for drafting Upper Coomera Precinct overall outcomes (PDF 112kb)

Attachment 8 - Translation of draft Concept Plan outcome to City Plan outcomes (PDF 100kb)

Attachment 9 - Land required for future road works Baileys Mountain Road realignment (PDF 2.91mb)

Attachment 9 - Land required for future road works Jenkins Court (PDF 260kb)

Council Report - City Plan Major Update 2 – Courtney Drive, Upper Coomera Investigation Area (PDF 124kb)

Attachment A - Previous resolutions (PDF 76kb)

Attachment B - Previously resolved policy setting (PDF 124kb)

Attachment C - Draft content for Zone maps and Strategic framework maps (PDF 1.94mb)

Item 17 - Deletion of Investigation Areas

The City’s Investigations Areas work program has identified four of the thirteen investigation areas identified in the Urban Footprint are not suitable for further redevelopment opportunities. The City’s investigations have identified significant constraints to development such as inadequate developable land, flooding issues or the land was already improved by existing development. 

Therefore, it is proposed that the Mudgeeraba (Bonogin Road), Gilston (Pyrus Court) and Carrara (Whitian Drive) investigation areas are removed from Strategic framework map 1.

Council report - Investigation areas programme - preliminary feasibility assessment - inside the urban footprint (PDF 264kb)

Item 18 - Improvements to the Future Industry Precinct

To help stimulate economic growth and employment opportunities in Yatala and having regard to the infrastructure now available, the Future Industry Precinct was uplifted from  from 39 properties through City Plan Minor Update 4 amendment package.   

This change was to reduce red tape and assist with stimulating investment in employment land in the precinct, which is a significant provider of employment to the wider population of the Gold Coast. This item seeks to provide further stimulation to those properties within the Future Industry Precinct, by lowering the levels of assessment for industry land uses. 

The City remains committed to ongoing monitoring of development and the provision of necessary infrastructure within the Future Industry Precinct to support the timely release of the remaining properties.

Council report - Options for reflecting the employment lands planning investigation key findings in the City Plan (Part 1) (PDF 256kb)

Council report - Recommendations for City Plan reflecting the key findings of the future industry zoned land investigation (PDF 30mb)

Attachment 1 - Properties proposed for Future Industry Precinct removal (PDF 56kb)

Item 19 - Industrial land uses

To maintain liveability in our city, the tables of assessment for the low impact industry zone will be updated to discourage medium impact industry occurring in low impact industry zones within 250 metres of a zone for sensitive land uses. Medium impact industrial uses in the low impact industry zone will only be facilitated in areas located further than 250 metres from a sensitive use. 

To protect the limited amount of land adjoining waterfront in the waterfront and marine industry zone, it is proposed to discourage low impact industry, medium impact industry and research and technology uses on sites that directly adjoins water.

Council Report - Recommendations to update City Plan reflecting the key findings of the Industrial Land Uses Briefing with Councillors (PDF 168kb)

Attachment A - Previous Resolutions (PDF 132kb)

Attachment B - Drafted outcomes for Major Update 3 (PDF 96kb)

Attachment C - Further investigations (PDF 52kb)

Item 20 - Neighbourhood centre improvements

Neighbourhood centres are intended to be a cluster of land uses that seek to support the needs of the surrounding community. Currently, City Plan identifies that the establishment of new neighbourhood centres in a suburban neighbourhood (typically found in the low-density residential zone) are determined by the needs of their immediate neighbourhood catchment, calculated as the planned population and/or jobs within a 1000-metre walk from the proposed centre. However, this planning principle was considered to make new neighbourhood centre difficult to achieve due to their low density environment. Therefore, an alternate measure has been proposed.

The City also undertook a review of the types of activities and trading hours occurring in our existing neighbourhood centres. To support the ongoing vitality of our neighbourhood centres located in the "coastal tourism or urban strip" identified on Strategic framework map 5 and at Paradise Point, we are proposing to extend trading hours from 10pm to midnight, where centres are located on busy road and noise management treatments can be put in place to mitigate any potential impacts on residential amenity. 

Council report - Draft outcomes for the neighbourhood centre investigation project (PDF 124kb)

Attachment A - Neighbourhood centres high frequency road (PDF 13mb)

Attachment B - Drafting changes (PDF 13.5mb)

Item 21 - Shops in high density residential zones

To support small business and promote small-scale stand-alone developments in high density residential zones, we are removing red tape by lowering the level of assessment for a shop where it consists of a neighbourhood store that does not exceed 150m2 and where proposing to establish within an existing non-residential premises.

Council report – City Plan Major update 2 – General Policy Refinements (Part 1) (PDF 5.19mb)

Item 22 - Environmental mapping

New mapping technology, up-to-date science and new State Government environmental mapping has been introduced since our last City Plan.

In response, we have undertaken two investigations which have informed the proposed updates to the Environmental Significance – Vegetation management overlay map and the Environmental Significance – Biodiversity area overlay map.

This update has resulted in the refinement of the city’s biodiversity corridors and a greater level of certainty within the urban footprint.

Council report - An update of key natural asset scientific reports to inform data and mapping outputs (PDF 160kb)

Native Vegetation Cover Mapping (2013 extent) and Community Representation Report 2016 (PDF 16.4mb)

Species of City-wide Significance for Conservation (2016 Update) (PDF 2.64mb)

Critical Corridor and Substantial Remnant mapping - Final Report - Part 1 (PDF 4.30mb)

Critical Corridor and Substantial Remnant mapping - Final Report - Part 2 (PDF 17.2mb)

Critical Corridor and Substantial Remnant mapping - Final Report - Part 3 (PDF 12mb)

Critical Corridor and Substantial Remnant mapping - Final Report - Part 4 (PDF 10.8mb)

Critical Corridor and Substantial Remnant mapping - Final Report - Part 5 (PDF 25.1mb)

Critical Corridor and Substantial Remnant mapping - Final Report - Part 6 (PDF 22.2mb)

Critical Corridor and Substantial Remnant mapping - Final Report - Part 7 (PDF 1.15mb)

Draft updated Environmental Significance - Biodiversity Areas Overlay Map (PDF 19.1mb)

Draft updated Environmental Significance - Vegetation overlap map (PDF 23.2mb)

Indicative City Plan policy updates to support Major Update 2 - SC6.7 City Plan policy - Ecological site assessments (PDF 100kb)

Item 23 - Rural and rural residential landscape and environment precinct

In response to various submissions received on the draft City Plan, the City has now reviewed its Landscape and environment precinct in the rural and rural residential zones. As part of this review, the mapping methodologies have been refined to determine what specific onsite environmental and landscape values need to be reflected and included in these precincts.

The extent of rural and rural residential landscape and environment precincts on the zone maps have been updated to reflect more accurate data inputs and better align with the intent of the precincts to protect environmental and landscape values.

Council report - Rural and rural residential landscape and environment precinct mapping review (PDF 188kb)

Updates to rural landscape and environment precinct mapping (PDF 2.85mb)

Updates to rural residential landscape and environment precinct mapping (PDF 2.26mb)

Item 24 - Healthy waters code

Requirements of the State Planning Policy and recent industry feedback prompted a review of the Healthy waters code. Aligning with the State Planning Policy, to better protect our waterways, the proposed updates will encourage better water sensitive design outcomes that support best practice stormwater management to help remove pollutants in our waterways and reduce changes to stormwater flows across the city.

Council report - City Plan Major update 2 - update to healthy waters Code (PDF 132kb)

Attachment 1 - Summary of the proposed key amendments to the healthy waters code (PDF 68.0kb)

Attachment 2 - Proposed draft city plan healthy waters code (PDF 396kb)

Item 25 - Community Infrastructure – improving alignment

Like any city, we need community infrastructure such as emergency services, parks and substations located in our community. To make it easier for services to be established where they are needed most; we are proposing to lower the categories of development and assessment for these land uses.

In addition to these changes, to further improve the alignment of City Plan, in specific zones across the city it is proposed that the level of assessment for:

  • caretaker’s accommodation is reduced; and
  • permanent plantation is elevated.

Council report - City Plan Major update 2 - City Plan calibration review and low risk categories of development and assessment updates (PDF 156kb)

Attachment A - City Plan Calibration Investigation report (PDF 48kb)

Item 26 - Community infrastructure – interface areas

Changes are proposed to buffer areas for the Pimpama and Elanora sewerage treatment plants to more accurately reflect local conditions.

To further support the protection of the city’s sewage and water treatment plants and landfill sites, additional changes are proposed to discourage the establishment of any future sensitive land uses (i.e. new residential development) inside the mapped buffer areas.

Council report - City Plan Major update 2 - Review of interface areas to community facilities (sewage treatment plants/landfills sites) (PDF 1.08mb)

Attachment A - Policy recommendations (PDF 2.13mb)

Item 27 - Dual supply system

New provisions are proposed to the dual supply system overlay code and water resource catchment overlay code to streamline the application process. As part of the recommended improvements the term ‘dual reticulation’ is proposed to change to ‘dual supply system’ and applicants will no longer be required to demonstrate impacts on the network through a potable network analysis.

Council report - City Plan Committee Report - Confidential - City Plan - Major Update 2 - General Policy Refinement Update - Dual Reticulation (PDF 120kb)

Item 28 - Rural and Rural Residential zone amenity 

Part of the attraction of the Gold Coast’s rural and rural residential communities is the quiet rural lifestyle they offer. The City wants to further protect rural and rural residential zone amenity by requiring a more rigorous approval process for transport depots that park multiple large trucks on their rural properties. 

Item 29 - Retirement facilities

As our population ages, we need to facilitate opportunities for people to age in place in their own neighbourhoods. This means improving City Plan to support and facilitate residential care and retirement housing located in the right locations to meet the city’s growing demand.

Council report - Retirement Living and Aged Person’s Accommodation Review (PDF 256kb)

Attachment A - Policy position (PDF 60kb)

Item 30 - Mapping updates

City Plan mapping is constantly monitored and regularly updated to ensure it remains accurate and up to date. This update proposes changes to select maps to remove inaccuracies, make it easier for people to read and understand and provide clear direction on the intended outcomes for certain properties.

Item 31 - Tables of assessment

To improve clarity within City Plan; and provide consistency for the development industry and community as to what land uses are contemplated within each zone it is proposed to remove land uses listed as impact assessment in the categories of development and assessment tables in all zones.

Council report - Update to City Plan categories of development and assessment (PDF 140kb)

NA - Pause notice response - Consequential administrative and editorial improvements


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