Following the introduction of the Gold Coast City Plan in 2016, a key change was identifying corner properties within the Low Density Residential Zone as offering development potential should they meet the definition of a corner allotment. The development potential envisioned for these properties is either a Dual Occupancy (Duplex) or a two lot subdivision.
Corner properties are defined within the Gold Coast City Plan as follows:
“An allotment located where two or more streets meet, which can be safely accessed from at least two streets in accordance with the Driveways and vehicular crossings code.”
In laymen terms the key component to meet the definition of a corner lot is, to be able to get vehicle access from both road frontages. This generally means a minimum of 5m on each frontage to allow for a driveway, however there are some limitations and it would be recommended to contact a Town Planner to ensure your property can satisfy the definition of a corner allotment, under the Gold Coast City Plan.
Should your property meet the definition of a corner allotment the other key factor to consider is the density requirements, within the Low Density Residential Zone. The default density within Low Density zoned areas of the city is, 1 Dwelling per 400m2. Which means you need to have a minimum land size of 800m2 to pursue a Dual Occupancy, or two lot subdivision application. However, Findasite has found City of Gold Coast (Council) has been lenient on the density requirements within the City, with multiple examples of Dual Occupancy developments in particular being approved that only achieved a density of 1 Dwelling per 300m2 (land size of 600m2). This is a policy within the City Plan that Council is allowing some lenience, which creates opportunities for residents who live on a corner property within the City.
Suburbs with an abundance of Low Density Residential zoned properties include:
- Broadbeach Waters
- Mermaid Waters
- Burleigh Waters
If you own a property on a corner that is over 600m2 within any of the above suburbs, an opportunity may exist to undertake either a Dual Occupancy (Duplex) or two lot subdivision development application.