Gold Coast releases new Planning Scheme for public comment

Jun 16, 2014

The City of Gold Coast has today released a draft of our new Planning Scheme - City Plan 2015. The new scheme focuses on infill development as opposed to greenfield development meaning existing centres and the light rail route should become the focus of growth for the next 10 years. The draft plan will be available for public consultation until 29 July 2014 and all residents are encouraged to have their say. The scheme is available here . Council will be running consultation sessions for anyone interested. For details on your nearest community consultation open day or to make a submission on the draft plan, go to Please contact Nicole, Robert or Troy in our office for specific details about your land holdings. Now is your best opportunity, for the next 10 years, to lodge a submission for a re-zoning. 07 5563 3868

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Quick Review: The Paddock Bakery, Miami

Apr 23, 2014

The Watts came to us last year with a vision of creating a rustic eatery within the Miami light industrial precinct. The plans included a wood fired oven and small commercial kitchen with a takeaway window and ample room to sit outside under the trees. The landscaping design included items which can be used in the kitchen - lemons, limes, herbs etc. NOW having been opened for several months, we finally had the opportunity to visit the Paddock Bakery! This project not only achieves its vision, it exceeds it. From an urban planning perspective, it hits the mark exactly. People ride their bikes from all over to visit this eatery. Its a regular amongst locals as well as being a must see for tourists staying within the Miami - Burleigh locale. The site is zoned Industry but is juxtaposed between residential, industrial, and tourism uses - it is evident that everyone within the community just loves it. Check it out - 20 Hibiscus Haven, Miami for a coffee and an organic sourdough.

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State Government may loosen the reins on Infrastructure Charging

Apr 21, 2014

With the current policy due to expire July 2014, the State Government has produced an updated Infrastructure Planning and Charging Framework. The objective is for a fair, clear and simple, striking a balance between local authority sustainability and development feasibility. We have been advised that the charges set by the state will remain unchanged; $28,000 for a standard detached dwelling and $140 per sq.m for most commercial uses. However what is changing is the local governments may be able to apply higher charges if they are deemed 'fair'. The state says the draft framework incorporates 4 key elements: •A 'Fair Value' Schedule of charges that 'encourages' local authorities to apply fair infrastructure charges. •A Priority Development Infrastructure program that will see the state co-invest in development and economic growth in local communities. •An investigation into sensible infrastructure standards set by the state. • An aim for transparent and consistent legislative changes. The draft framework will be presented to industry representatives and then presented to State Parliament in May. Watch this space...

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Development scheme released for Southport CBD

Apr 6, 2014

On Saturday, the State Government released the draft Priority Development Scheme for Southport's CBD. Public comment period is now open & the scheme is due for formal adoption in May. We are pleased to find that the scheme is largely best practice in encouraging the highest quality developments and attracting investment. The scheme plans for average densities of 1 bedroom per 9 sq.m and unlimited building heights in Precincts 1 and 2. Importantly there are no car parking minimums! Emphasis is definitely on quality design to promote walkability and to create a genuine CBD. The scheme says "The City of Gold Coast is Australia’s largest non-capital city. More than 526,000 residents live here, around 12 million tourists visit every year, and in 2018, the city will host the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™. The declaration of the Southport PDA proactively positions the Gold Coast as a world-class city and globally competitive business location."

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