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The Southport Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared on 4 October 2013. The Southport PDA proposed development scheme is available for public consultation from Monday 7 April 2014 to Thursday 22 May 2014.

Download the Southport PDA proposed development scheme (PDF icon 11.1 MB).

Download the streetscape design guidelines (PDF icon 2.20MB).

You can make a submission online to the City of Gold Coast or read the Frequently Asked Questions available on Southport PDA proposed development scheme.

About the PDA

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 (149,240 m2), 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.

Planning for the PDA

The Economic Development Act 2012 (the Act) 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 Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) has prepared a proposed development scheme for the Southport PDA. The proposed development scheme reinvigorates Southport as the Gold Coast's Central Business District and streamlines the development process. The proposed development scheme provides for a diversity of uses including a variety of non-residential and residential uses.

Once public notification concludes amendments may be made to the development scheme. The final scheme is expected to be in place by mid 2014. Until the scheme is finalised, development within the PDA is regulated by an interim land use plan.

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  • 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.

  • Southport PDA Interim Land Use Plan

    Until the development scheme is finalised, development within the PDA is regulated under an interim land use plan (ILUP). The ILUP ensures that future development opportunities in the PDA are protected from incompatible land uses and activities, while the development scheme is being prepared. Development assessment and approval of development applications under the ILUP will be carried out by the Council of the City of Gold Coast.

  • 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 (PDF icon 148 KB).

  • Southport PDA regulatory map

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

Making a submission

For information about how to make a submission on the Southport PDA proposed development scheme contact the City of Gold Coast.

Last updated on Monday, 07 April 2014