Scope of Work:
Topographical survey to accompany a 2 stage development creating 10 allotments and associated private accessway
Ben Frank, Kevin He & Davor Nikic
The development of 10 residential allotments and a Commonly Owned Access Lot (COAL) to be established in two stages. The first stage will involve the development of Lots 1-4 and an associated private accessway. The second stage is developing Lots 5-10 and the associated private accessway. Proposed Lot 6 will be retaining the existing 2 storey dwelling which is situated at the centre of the site with an attached garage.
The site is gently to moderately sloping in nature, then flattens out towards the top near the western boundary. The steepest section of the site is to the east which contains the existing driveway. This will be preserved and widened as it will be the foundation of the two proposed private-ways that will provide legal and physical access, allow for two way traffic, drainage and utility services for the majority of the lots. A 2m high cut slope exists in the south western corner, a farm shed lies to the west and a swimming pool and pool outbuilding are to the northwest of the existing dwelling. The remainder of the site is comprised of grassed areas with several mature trees which will be preserved, rock walls and garden terraces. The site has been identified within an Urban Growth Yield Area for medium density development and so the proposal is making use of a highly elegible site to enable more housing options in an area of growing population.
The subdivision plans indicate only minor earthworks are to be carried out to form the access road, installation of services and to remove the existing pool and retaining wall in the northwest. With Engineering Plan Approval, there is capacity within the existing public infrastructure, that is located within the road, to be able to accommodate the proposed subdivision. Development will be in conjunction with Council led works which aims to widen the road that is adjacent to the site and install a new footpath. This is benefitial as it is anticipated to mitigate re-work from multiple contractors. It also supports the future urban growth and shows that increased road users are anticipated. The effects of a further 9 residential lots in the area is therefore already accounted for and will not be placing any constraints on the surrounding road network.
The 10 proposed allotments will be of varying sizes, will meet the 325m² minimum site area requirement along with density and setback requirements and will be capable of containing a minimum 50m² outdoor living area. The preservation of the landform, driveway, existing dwelling and certain trees is seen as a creative solution that will ensure the proposal is consistent with the peri-rural character of the surrounding properties. The distance and topography allow noise, visual and air quality effects to be negated. The area is well serviced as it is close to shopping centres and public transport.