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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 has prepared a development scheme 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.
The delivery of infrastructure is a key component of facilitating development within PDAs and ensuring adequate funding for this infrastructure is vital.