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About the PDA

The Southport Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared on 4 October 2013. The PDA is located over the existing Southport CBD and includes the former Gold Coast hospital site, Broadwater Parklands and residential areas located directly north of Railway Street and south of Queen Street. The PDA has an area of approximately 195.7 hectares.

Southport is the traditional centre of the Gold Coast focused on knowledge based employment, regional government administration, medical, retail and commercial uses as well as regional, community and recreation facilities. Southport is the pre-eminent centre of the city with the highest concentration of employment and the largest share of office space (149,240m2), attracting a workforce of 24,857 people. Southport is the most populated centre in the city with a resident population of 28,315.

The PDA contains a diverse mix of uses centred around Nerang and Scarborough Streets and includes retail, commercial, financial, educational, legal and community uses while the residential areas offer a diversity of dwelling type and size.

To find out more about the Southport PDA visit the Council of the City of Gold Coast's website.

Adoption of the Southport PDA Development Scheme

On 5 September 2014 the Southport PDA Development Scheme was approved by the state government.

Public notification of the Southport PDA Development Scheme was undertaken under the Economic Development Act 2012 from the 7 April to 22 May 2014. During this period all interested stakeholders including the community, residents, and business operators were invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission for consideration by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ).

All submissions received during public notification were considered by the Council of the City of Gold Coast in consultation with the MEDQ. A submissions report has been prepared which summarises the submissions received and the merits of those submissions. In some cases amendments were made to the proposed scheme as a consequence of issues raised in submissions.

People who made a submission during the submission period will be notified that the development scheme has been approved and is now in effect.

The development scheme is the planning document that will assist in planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling the development of land in the Southport PDA. The development scheme supersedes the interim land use plan which no longer has effect.

All development applications within the PDA will now be assessed against the development scheme by the Council of the City of Gold Coast.

  • Planning for the PDA

    The Economic Development Act 2012 provides for a streamlined planning and development framework for particular parts of the state declared as priority development areas (PDAs). The purpose of declaration as a PDA is to facilitate economic development and development for community purposes.

    Once a site is declared a development scheme must be prepared. The City of Gold Coast, with assistance from the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP) has prepared a development scheme for the Southport PDA.

    Download the Southport PDA Development Scheme (PDF icon 13.7 MB).

  • Vision for the Southport PDA

    The vision for the Southport PDA is to deliver the Gold Coast Central Business District (CBD). The CBD will be the definitive centre for commerce on the Gold Coast, attracting national and international investment through a streamlined and facilitated approach to development.

    Southport will build on its economic, lifestyle and environmental opportunities to become a world-class centre and the Southport PDA will accommodate a diverse mix of land uses to help guide this. These will include; commercial office space, medium to high residential densities with a mix of dwelling sizes and types, high-end retail uses, small-scale neighbourhood and local services where appropriate and public open space.

    Existing infrastructure investments will also be maximised such as the Gold Coast Chinatown, Gold Coast Light Rail, the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ and the Southport Broadwater Parklands.

  • Infrastructure funding

    The delivery of infrastructure is a key component of facilitating development within Priority Development Areas (PDAs) and ensuring adequate funding for this infrastructure is vital.

    For information about the overarching infrastructure funding framework for the PDA, please download the City of Gold Coast's Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution.

  • Southport PDA regulatory map

    Download the Southport PDA regulatory map (PDF icon 337 KB)

  • Southport PDA FAQs

    View the Council of the City of Gold Coast's FAQs on the Southport PDA.