Council is proposing an amendment to the Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area (PDA) Development Scheme.

The purpose of the proposed development scheme amendment is to give effect to a revised master plan for the PDA.

The public notification was from Monday, 11 September to 4:30pm Monday, 23 October 2023.

Consultation has now closed. Thank you to those community members who provided feedback in relation to the Proposed Amendment.

Next Steps

At the conclusion of the public notification period, the submissions were considered and a Submissions Report prepared for the Minister for Economic Development Queensland. The Submissions Report summarised the submissions considered and contained information about the merits of the submissions and the extent to which the proposed development scheme was amended to reflect submissions. The Submissions Report and amended development scheme were considered by Council prior to being referred to the Minister for Economic Development Queensland for consideration and determination.

Why is Council amending the Development Scheme?

In November 2020, Council entered into a development agreement with SunCentral Maroochydore Pty Ltd and Walker Corporation (Walker) for the development of the majority of the Council-owned land in the Maroochydore City Centre PDA. The agreement provides for Walker to undertake a review of the master plan to improve city-making objectives for the PDA and identify opportunities to accelerate investment. This review has now been completed. To give effect to the revised master plan, it is necessary to amend to the Maroochydore City Centre PDA Development Scheme.

The key elements of the revised master plan that have informed the proposed amendment to the Maroochydore City Centre PDA Development Scheme involve:

  • Combining the waterway and parkland elements to create a central park and lake at the heart of the city centre
  • Moving the proposed Exhibition and Convention Centre to be closer to the transit centre
  • Re-locating the amphitheatre to the northern end of the central park.

The proposed amendment also addresses operational matters in relation to the aspects described above and improves the clarity and efficacy of the development scheme.

About the amendment

Council has prepared the proposed Maroochydore City Centre Development Scheme Amendment (No.3) to give effect to a series of significant changes to the Maroochydore City Centre master plan, including:

  • Replacing the structural elements plan with a new plan that illustrates the consolidation of the parkland and waterway areas and new master plan layout
  • Amending the number and location of the precincts to align with the new masterplan layout
  • Relocating the Precinct 2 – Community and Convention Precinct functions so the convention centre and hotel are adjacent to the transit station, the public amphitheatre is a focus of the central parkland and providing for community and residential uses east of the Corso
  • Relocating the land for a community facility from the Civic Park in Precinct 1 to the land for community and residential purposes to the east of the Corso in Precinct 4
  • Adjusting the PDA maximum development yields for the retail and commercial use categories by enabling 21,000m2 of retail gross floor area (GFA) to be converted to commercial GFA and adjusting the respective precinct GFA allowances accordingly, while ensuring the maximum non-residential development yield for the PDA is not exceeded
  • Applying the Precinct 3 car parking rate for residential development for three or more bedroom dwellings to all precincts
  • Reviewing the PDA-wide development criteria provisions to ensure they remain fit for purpose and promote the attainment of the PDA vision
  • Undertaking a general review of the development scheme content and structure to ensure the efficacy of the instrument.

View the proposed Maroochydore City Centre PDA Development Scheme Amendment (No. 3)

For further information about the proposed amendment, please refer to the information sheets below or in the document library at the bottom of the page.

You can view the proposed Maroochydore City Centre PDA Development Scheme Amendment (No. 3) here.

Pop-up information sessions

Pop up information sessions were held as follows:

Thursday 21 September 2023 04:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Pop up session number 1

Sunshine Plaza

Ground Floor, Near Coles

Saturday 7 October 2023 09:00 am to 12:00 pm

Pop up session number 2

Sunshine Plaza

Ground floor, near Myer and Cotton On Kids

Alternatively you may:

Email a submission to

Post a submission to The Chief Executive Officer

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Locked Bag 72

Sunshine Coast Mail Centre QLD 4560

A submission should:

  • Be in writing
  • Be received during the public notification period
  • Include the submitter's name and contact details
  • Include a description of any issues of concern and/or support for specific sections of the scheme amendment
  • Be addressed to the Minister for Economic Development Queensland
  • Be lodged with the Sunshine Coast Council.

Making a properly made submission will ensure your comments in relation to the proposed PDA Development Scheme Amendment can be considered by the Minister of Economic Development Queensland.

Submissions closed 4:30pm, Monday 23 October 2023

Contact Us

For further information, please contact Council’s Customer Contact Centre


Proposed Development Scheme Amendment Process

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Preparation of proposed development scheme amendment

    March 2022–May 2023

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    MEDQ and State Interest Review

    June 2023–September 2023

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Public notification period

    11 September - 23 October 2023

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Review of submissions and Council consideration

    December 2024

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Adoption by MEDQ*

    6 March 2024