Following the recent approval by the Commonwealth Government of the Gungahlin Strategic Assessment Biodiversity Plan, the Land Development Agency is taking the first steps towards the development of the new suburb of Throsby with the calling of tenders for the planning and engineering component of the project.
Located two and a half Kilometres from Gungahlin Town Centre and to the north of Horse Park Drive, the 116 hectare site is currently used for sheep and cattle grazing and preliminary analysis indicates it will accommodate up to 1100 dwellings.
It is intended that the suburb will be low to medium density with a mix of residential block sizes as well as multi unit sites which will be located within the mixed use commercial centre.
Preliminary planning suggests that options will include blocks ranging in size from 250 square metres to more than 750 square metres with the provision for the development of up to four stories in the commercial centre.
As with all greenfield developments, twenty per cent of the homes will be within the Government’s affordable housing price range.
In addition to the commercial centre, it is also anticipated Throsby will have a range of recreational facilities including playing fields and both will be within 800 metres of ninety per cent of all those living in the suburb encouraging both social interaction and physical activity.
The suburb will also feature pedestrian and cycle paths again enhancing the opportunity for residents to interact with their community and the cycle paths will connect to the greater ACT trunk cycle network.
The north western boundary of Throsby abuts the Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve and Gooroyaroo Nature Reserve is also adjacent. The design of the suburb will take account of the native fauna and flora in both.
It is planned that a Visitors Centre will be constructed within Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve and the LDA is working with the Mulligans Flat Board and relevant ACT Government Directorates, to determine the most appropriate location.
The LDA is currently calling for tenders for a planning and engineering consultancy team to assist with formulating an Estate Development Plan. It is anticipated that the consultants will commence by the end of September with the EDP to be lodged in January.
It is planned that the Development Application for the estate will be lodged early in the second quarter of 2014.