Northshore Hamilton PDA – Development Scheme Amendment

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The Northshore Hamilton Priority Development Area (PDA) Development Scheme came into effect on 3 July 2009.

Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) has undertaken a review of the development scheme to ensure it continued to operate effectively as the overarching planning document for the PDA.

The scope of the review included examining:

  • the vision for the PDA to ensure it was contemporary and appropriate
  • land use and infrastructure planning to support the vision
  • development requirements in the development scheme to guide new development.

The review resulted in a proposed amendment to the development scheme and preparation of a draft Development Charges and Offset Plan (DCOP) that addresses the planning and funding of infrastructure required to service development in Northshore Hamilton.

View the proposed Northshore Hamilton PDA Development Scheme Amendment in the Library or download here.

Public notification completed

EDQ has publicly notified the proposed development scheme amendment and draft DCOP documents. All interested parties and stakeholders were provided with an opportunity to view the proposed amendment and draft DCOP and provide feedback.

Public notification was open for 30 business days from Friday 22 October until 5.00 pm on Friday 3 December 2021.

During public notification all interested parties, including the community, residents and business operators, were invited to view the proposed amendment and draft DCOP, and make a written submission to the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ).

Written submissions will be reviewed by the MEDQ and a submission report will be prepared and available on the Northshore Hamilton PDA web page in the first half of 2022.

Following the consideration of submissions the MEDQ will decide what changes, if any, will be made to the proposed development scheme amendment and draft DCOP prior to their adoption.

If you have a question, please check the Q&As to see if your question is answered or post your question for a response.

To stay informed about the finalisation and adoption of the proposed development scheme amendment and draft DCOP, please register on the Have you say page.


The Northshore Hamilton Priority Development Area (PDA) Development Scheme came into effect on 3 July 2009.

Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) has undertaken a review of the development scheme to ensure it continued to operate effectively as the overarching planning document for the PDA.

The scope of the review included examining:

  • the vision for the PDA to ensure it was contemporary and appropriate
  • land use and infrastructure planning to support the vision
  • development requirements in the development scheme to guide new development.

The review resulted in a proposed amendment to the development scheme and preparation of a draft Development Charges and Offset Plan (DCOP) that addresses the planning and funding of infrastructure required to service development in Northshore Hamilton.

View the proposed Northshore Hamilton PDA Development Scheme Amendment in the Library or download here.

Public notification completed

EDQ has publicly notified the proposed development scheme amendment and draft DCOP documents. All interested parties and stakeholders were provided with an opportunity to view the proposed amendment and draft DCOP and provide feedback.

Public notification was open for 30 business days from Friday 22 October until 5.00 pm on Friday 3 December 2021.

During public notification all interested parties, including the community, residents and business operators, were invited to view the proposed amendment and draft DCOP, and make a written submission to the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ).

Written submissions will be reviewed by the MEDQ and a submission report will be prepared and available on the Northshore Hamilton PDA web page in the first half of 2022.

Following the consideration of submissions the MEDQ will decide what changes, if any, will be made to the proposed development scheme amendment and draft DCOP prior to their adoption.

If you have a question, please check the Q&As to see if your question is answered or post your question for a response.

To stay informed about the finalisation and adoption of the proposed development scheme amendment and draft DCOP, please register on the Have you say page.


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    Has consideration been given to allow balconies on current buildings such as Flare to have privacy screens added to them? Flare was not designed to provide privacy for buildings being built close to it. Screens would also help to minimise wind issues when other buildings are built.

    Narelle asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your query.

    The proposed Northshore Hamilton PDA Development Scheme amendment has been prepared to consider the interface between existing buildings and proposed new development. The draft document contains a range of provisions to guide the assessment of new development with respect to privacy and climatic response, such as sun and wind. These provisions include, but are not limited to, setbacks, minimum tower separation distances, building design, building orientation and landscaping. The design and integration of shading and screening structures has been identified as an important aspect of urban design and building appearance outcomes expected from new development, in the context of existing development.

    For existing apartment occupants who want to investigate the potential of establishing shading or screening devices to building balconies, the first step would be contacting the building body corporate to determine what body corporate rules or restrictions may apply and whether body corporate consent is necessary. Following that, the need for other approvals, such as planning approvals, can be determined.

Page last updated: 04 January 2022, 12:51