BLOCK 3 SECTION 229 GUNGAHLIN
The Proponent and Project Team
The proponent is POD Projects Group who is a well known local property developer who has been involved in the development of Gungahlin since its inception nearly 30 years ago. POD Projects are renowned for the delivery of high quality award winning developments such as Jade, Ruby and Mezzo.
The design team involved in the project includes:
- Stewart Architecture
- Indesco Engineers
- Red Box Design Group Landscape Architects and
- Purdon Planning
The site is a prime block of land of almost 12,000m2 within the Gungahlin Town Centre. It is surrounded by Anthony Rolfe Avenue, Ernest Cavanagh Street, Kate Crace Street and Hinder Street.
The site is proposed to be developed over the next 8-10 years with 4 buildings on 3 separate blocks to create a world class mixed-use precinct.
The development will include residential apartments, serviced apartments, build-to-rent units, commercial and home business premises.
The proposal will incorporate a number of sustainability initiatives to help with responding to climate change.
Approximately 1,600m2 of rooftop gardens are proposed across all 4 buildings and extensive landscaped shared zones including deep root plant zones are between all buildings to increase permeability through the site, connecting Anthony Rolfe Avenue and Ernest Cavanagh Street.
When complete it is expected that Site 1 will contain approximately 150 dwellings, Site 2 will include two buildings with approximately 160 dwellings each and Site 3 approximately 100 dwellings.
The design seeks to contribute positively to the Gungahlin Town Centre through high quality design, materials and finishes.
The proposal has been presented to the National Capital Design Review Panel (NCDRP) on two occasions and site planning, built form and façade design have been guided by the NCDRP’s feedback.
The proposal is now being presented to the community as part of Pre-DA consultation activities.
The subject site is located within CZ5 – Mixed Use development zone, under which ‘residential use’ is permitted.
While the details of the design are still being finalised, the design is considered to be consistent with the various Territory Plan Codes. The relevant Codes include the Gungahlin Precinct Code, the Commercial Zones Development Code and the Multi-Unit Housing Development Code. The Gungahlin Precinct Code identifies the site in the ‘Northern Transition Precinct’ and outline some key requirements for development. The main provisions require all buildings to be within a specified building envelope, strong urban edge along Anthony Rolfe Avenue, buildings to contribute to the public realm that is safe and convenient, cantilevered awnings where the building frontage incorporates commercial uses at ground floor. It is considered that the proposed development complies with each of these key Precinct Code requirements as well as the general requirements of the Commercial Zones Code and Multi-unit Housing Code.
CZ5 Zone Objectives:
- Encourage higher density, residential development in location with convenient access to transport corridors, and commercial and employment centres
- Create an efficient and sustainable urban environment and provide for a diversity of living, working and recreation opportunities
- Maintain and enhance environment amenity and undertake development using best practice environmentally sustainable development principles
- Encourage a standing of urban design that is consistent with selected major avenues, approach routes and other strategically located areas
- Encourage activities particularly at street frontage level that contribute to an active public realm
- Promote active living and active travel
- Provide a high quality public realm by facilitating active uses on ground floor level that connects with the wider open space, pedestrian and cycle networks to promote active travel and active living.
- Provide a mixture of compatible land uses and integrate suitable business, office, residential, retail and other development in accessible locations so as to encourage walking and cycling, and maximise public transport patronage.
The proposed development proposes a multi-unit development supporting high density development within the Gungahlin Town Centre in close proximity to the light rail. The design is developed to incorporate extensive landscape spaces and shared paths that would contribute to provide the users with high quality public realm. It is considered that the proposed development supports and contributes to the zone objectives.
Opportunities for Community Input/Feedback
A ‘postcard’ providing information on the proposed development was delivered to residents and businesses within the local area on 30th October 2020.
Purdon Planning will host a live consultation session with the project team on 12th November 2020 commencing at 5.30pm until 7.00pm.
It is requested that interested members of the public RSVP via the ‘Have Your Say’ button or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to express interest in the session. Once RSVP’d, a link to the consultation session will be shared with community members.
The project team will also be speaking to Gungahlin Community Council at their monthly meeting on 11th November 2020 (www.gcc.asn.au)
We will also be contacting a number of local community groups to ensure their members and other interested persons have the opportunity to provide comments prior to the lodgement of a Development Application.
Plans are available for download via the below link. Please note that these plans are a work in progress and may be subject to minor changes throughout the design development stage.
Due to ongoing design development there have been some changes to the ground levels with addition of small commercial units and larger landscaped areas. Please refer to the updated plans attached below.
If you’d like further information or would like to discuss the Proposal, please don’t hesitate to contact Purdon Planning on:
(02) 6257 1511
Or use the ‘have your say’ form below to provide comments.