- Last updated:
- 05 Apr 2020
Maroochydore is fast tracked to become the business, community and employment hub of the Sunshine Coast. The state government announced in July 2013 that the Maroochydore City Centre will be a Priority Development Area (PDA). This declaration was made on 19 July 2013, and at the request of council. The declaration of a PDA at Maroochydore will renew the region by:
- supporting economic development
- providing much needed infrastructure
- creating a new central business district for the Sunshine Coast.
The PDA is approximately 60 hectares, covering council owned land including the site of the former Horton Park Golf Club and land in Dalton Drive, Maroochydore.
Maroochydore City Centre PDA Development Scheme
The Maroochydore City Centre PDA development scheme was approved by the State Government on 11 July 2014 and subsequently amended in April 2016.
The development scheme is the planning document that assists in planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling the development of land in the Maroochydore City Centre PDA. All development applications within the PDA are assessed against the development scheme.
The Maroochydore City Centre will be instrumental in building and strengthening the region, providing a mix of residential, commercial, retail, civic and community uses in order to develop a thriving and vibrant business district and city centre, complementing and enhancing Maroochydore’s existing business offering.
The project will also enable the delivery of much needed infrastructure to the Sunshine Coast community as well as creating significant opportunities for economic development and employment.
Development applications within the Maroochydore City Centre PDA are assessed against the Maroochydore City Centre PDA Amended Development Scheme.
Development Scheme Amendment No.1
In order to improve the operation of the Maroochydore City Centre development scheme, an amendment to the scheme was undertaken. The amendment was made in accordance with the requirements of the Economic Development Act 2012 and became effective on 22 April 2016.
Development Scheme Amendment No. 2
In order to assist Council in meeting the urban infill targets set for the Sunshine Coast region under the South East Queensland Regional Plan and to respond other matters related to development in the Maroochydore City Centre PDA, a further amendment to the Development Scheme was undertaken. The amendment was made in accordance with the requirements of the Economic Development Act 2012 and became effective on 9 August 2019.
Priority Development Areas (PDAs)
PDAs are parcels of land within Queensland, identified for specific accelerated development with a focus on economic growth. The Queensland government works with local councils to streamline the planning, approval and development processes to achieve results.
Each PDA is subject to a development scheme - a regulatory document that controls land use, infrastructure planning and development in the area.
Economic Development Queensland
Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) is the state government's streamlined business unit and supports economic development by resolving complex property issues and fast tracking opportunities for land development across the state.
Economic Development Queensland is the authority responsible for assessing all development applications located within the Maroochydore City Centre PDA. All development applications are published on the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, and Planning (DSDMIP) website – narrow the search by selecting ‘Maroochydore City Centre' in the drop down box and select ‘Decided Applications’ or ‘Current Applications’.
Smart City Initiatives
The new development features extensive use of technology to create a cleaner, greener and more liveable city.
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Vision for the Maroochydore City Centre PDA
The vision for the Maroochydore City Centre represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to establish a new capital city for the Sunshine Coast.
Council has finalised an Infrastructure Agreement with the Minister for Economic Development Queensland and the State of Queensland (represented by the department of Transport and Main Roads) and an Infrastructure Agreement with the Minister for Economic Development Queensland and Unitywater for the Council owned land within the Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area.
The Maroochydore City Centre Infrastructure Agreement 2017 and the Maroochydore City Centre Water Infrastructure Agreement were executed on behalf of the Minister Economic Development Queensland on 26 May 2017 and are now effective. The commencement date of the agreements is 26 May 2017.
For specific development assessment enquiries contact EDQ on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or see priority development area applications.