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Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area (PDA)
  • Last updated:
  • 17 Dec 2018

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 will now be assessed against the Maroochydore City Centre PDA Amended Development Scheme[3276KB].

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 applications within the Maroochydore City Centre PDA will now be assessed against the Maroochydore City Centre PDA Amended Development Scheme[3276KB].

Proposed Development Scheme Amendment No. 2

Council is proposing an amendment to the Development Scheme. The amendment referred to as The Proposed Maroochydore City Centre PDA Development Scheme Amendment (no.2) is currently on public notification and may be viewed here at Have your Say.

Background

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.

Development schemes

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.

Development applications

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 Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website – narrow the search by selecting ‘Maroochydore City Centre' in the drop down box and select ‘Decided Applications’ or ‘Current Applications’.

More information

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.

View more about this 'game changing' project here: www.maroochydore-city.com.au

Infrastructure agreements

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[102852KB] and the Maroochydore City Centre Water Infrastructure Agreement [54942KB]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 enquiries about the PDA or development scheme, please contact the project coordinator via council's customer service centre or email mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

For specific development assessment enquiries contact EDQ on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or see priority development area applications.