PROJECT SUMMARY

7 Finch Road, Canungra QLD

 

Our proposed Retirement Estate is located at 7 Finch Road, on the northern edge of the central Canungra township. Of the 23ha site, approximately 50% of the total area is proposed to be developed, with the remaining 50% retained as natural bushland and fauna corridors.

The proposal seeks to deliver 188 two and three-bedroom retirement homes, a range of residents’ amenities designed for senior living, and extensive environmental sustainability initiatives. The estate is privately managed, and the residents contribute to the maintenance and upkeep through estate fees. 

The project is proposed to be staged in delivery over the next 4-8 years.

Over the past 6 months, we have engaged with many of the local residents and business owners to incorporate their valuable feedback into the designs where possible. Some of these changes include (but not limited to) improved water-saving measures, providing amenities that minimise the impact on those offered in town, improved fauna protection, and increased landscaping / screening to neighbours and the street.

The proposed Retirement Estate development site has two types of zoning that it is required to address, over different portions of the Lot. The portion of the site that fronts Finch Road is a Mixed Use Zone (Commercial Industry Precinct), and the remainder of the site is a Low-Medium Density Residential Zone.

It is noted, majority of the land fronting Finch Road currently has a Development Application under assessment with Scenic Rim Regional Council to subdivide this from the Subject Land, and is intended for commercial and retail uses. Some anticipated services for those Lot/s are intended to include Aged Care and Childcare. However, these anticipated uses are subject to a further Development Application/s, and is not a part of the current Development Application for the subdivision or the Development Application for the proposed Retirement Estate.

 

Figure 1: PROJECT SUMMARY

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What does the proposed development include?

The proposed development seeks to deliver a master planned ‘Over 50’s’ Retirement Estate, providing a mix of 188 two and three-bedroom houses (also referred to as ‘Retirement Dwellings’), a range of residents’ amenities designed for senior living, and an environmentally sensitive design approach across the entire project.

While the development is an ‘Over 50’s’ Retirement Estate, these developments typically attract a more senior demographic being 65-75 years, and are designed accordingly to suit.

The houses (also referred as ‘Retirement Dwellings’), are proposed to be individually sold and owned (the physical house only). However, unlike a traditional land subdivision, the land on which these houses sit is granted to the house owners on a leasehold basis only.

The land across the entire development will be retained in single ownership – typically by the ‘Retirement Estate Operator’. The land plots are leased to individual house owners, and the entire estate is managed by a ‘Retirement Estate Manager’ on behalf of the collective residents.

Importantly, the masterplan also includes the retention of over 50% of the site (or over 11 hectares) for existing natural bushland that delivers a green corridor throughout the site, and retains an important connection to its surrounds.

Further to the extensive natural bushland retained on this site, the estate is also proposed to include wildlife corridors, trees of significance, drought tolerant landscaping, bushfire setbacks and vegetation management zones, waterway protections, and extensive rainwater and stormwater catchment infrastructure across the site.

An estimated $4.6m will be directly provided from this project to Council and QUU in infrastructure contributions to improve local roads, parks, water, etc. Other community benefits this project provides includes improved housing options for the aging population, local job creation, and opportunities to support the local businesses in Canungra and the broader Scenic Rim community.

Pending approval, it is envisaged the master plan will be delivered in a sustainable, staged approach over the course of the next 4-8 years.

 

Image 2: Retirement Dwellings Design Reference Imagery
FIGURE 3 (ABOVE): Proposed Retirement Estate Masterplan 

The ‘Over 50’s’ Retirement Estate will incorporate a range of residents’ amenities, designed for senior living and include:

  • Large Residents’ Building (1,200-1,800sqm)
  • Vegetable gardens
  • Caravan parking
  • Off-leash dog park
  • Extensive walking networks
  • Recreation lawn
  • Pickle ball courts
  • Hobby shed
    Figure 8: Residents’ Building (Communal)
    Image 10: Residents’ Building (Communal)

    The proposed Residents’ Building includes:

    • Large communal area / function room
    • Swimming pool
    • Gymnasium
    • Yoga exercise room
    • Multi-purpose indoor games room
    • Arts & crafts room
    • Cinema room
    • Small library
    • Lounge area and outdoor patios
    • Residents bar and kitchen area
    Image 9: Residents’ Building (Communal)
    Image 11: Residents’ Building (Communal)
    Image 12: Residents’ Building (Communal) Design Reference Imagery

    2. Where is the proposed development located?

    The proposed development is currently a 23 hectare parcel of land located at 7 Finch Road, Canungra QLD. It sits on the northern edge of the central Canungra township. It is bounded by Finch Road to the west, the future bypass to the east, and primarily residential properties to the north and south.

    This site is only a short walk to the town’s main commercial and retail hub, the Canungra State School, Canungra Valley Medica Centre, Moriarty Park Community Sports Centre, and the Canungra Sports and Recreation Ground.

    Figure 4 (above): Aerial view and site identification
    Figure 5 (above): Satellite view and site identification

    3. What town planning zoning applies to this site?

     

    The proposed Retirement Estate development site has two types of zoning that it is required to address, over different portions of the Lot. The portion of the site that fronts Finch Road is a Mixed Use Zone (Commercial Industry Precinct), and the remainder of the site is a Low-Medium Density Residential Zone.

    As this site has two applicable town planning zones, the planning scheme requires the development to be assessed under the highest category of assessment under each of the applicable zones. Although a ‘Retirement Facility’ is considered a ‘Potentially Consistent Use’ under the planning scheme, the Mixed Use Zone requires an Impact Assessable development application.

    An Impact Assessable development application is a development proposal that requires a more stringent level of assessment, and formally enables the broader community to lodge a public submission (in support, or in objection) for the proposed development. Public submissions are made during the Public Notification Period which are held within 20 business days following the applicant’s response to information request.

    Figure 6: Proposed Reconfiguration of a Lot Plan (Balance Lot being the Proposed Retirement Estate)

    It is noted, majority of the land fronting Finch Road currently has a Development Application under assessment with Scenic Rim Regional Council to subdivide this from the Subject Land, and is intended for commercial and retail uses. Some anticipated services for those Lot/s are intended to include Aged Care and Childcare. However, these are subject to further Development Application/s, and is not a part of this Development Application for the subdivision or for the proposed Retirement Estate.

    4. How many car parking spaces will be made available to residents and visitors?

    185 of the 188 homes are designed to include up to 2 cars per home.

    Under the planning scheme, the total number of resident car parks required is 264 spaces. The proposed development includes a minimum of 321 car parking spaces overall, a surplus of 80+ on-site carparking spaces over the planning scheme requirements.

    The proposed development also provides for 62 visitor car parking spaces, which is 24 car parks more than required by the planning scheme.

    5. What is the permitted density for the site?

    Under the planning scheme, the potential number of dwellings could be in the order of 680 residences if developing the entire Low-Medium Density Zone (LMDZ) with ‘Multiple Dwellings’. The permitted density for ‘Multiple Dwellings’ is 1 dwelling per 300sqm.

    Under the proposed development’s total site area, the proposed density under this development application equates to 1 dwelling per 1,086sqm, being a total number of 188 residences. This represents a much lower intensity use on the site than the current statutory planning policies permit.

    If the vegetation protection area was excluded from the density calculations, this would equate to 1 dwelling per 499sqm, resulting in a compliant total number of up to 313 dwellings.
    Over 50% of the site area is being retained for environmental purposes, and only 188 residences are proposed for this Retirement Estate.

    6. How much natural bushland will be retained for this development?

    Over 50% of the site (or 11 hectares) will be retained and protected as natural bushland, delivering an extensive green corridor across the site. This is proposed to be managed by the future Retirement Estate managers, under a Management Plan.

    Further to this, the proposed development incorporates a highly considered environmentally sensitive design, including (but not limited to):

    • Significant vegetation (bushland) conservation area – over 11 hectares of total site area
    • Buffers and protected safe passages to koala habitats
    • Fauna fencing throughout the site to further protect wildlife
    • Wildlife corridors and protections for trees of significance
    • Drought tolerant species and water sensitive landscaping
    • Bushfire setbacks and vegetation management zones
    • Waterway corridor protections and rehabilitation measures
    • Extensive rainwater and stormwater catchment infrastructure
    • Finch Road street-frontage screening with vegetation
    Figure 13: Vegetation and Koala Habitat Protection Areas

    7. The Canungra area is known to have koalas in the region. How can you ensure that this development won’t place local koalas at risk?

    We are committed to delivering a masterplan that incorporates environmentally sensitive-led design. This is why we are preserving over 50% of the site or over 11 hectares of existing bushland to deliver a green corridor throughout the site, which not only provides extensive amenity to the broader community, but more importantly provides safe passage and habitats for local wildlife.

    The master plan also includes additional buffers to the koala habitat area, fauna fencing throughout the development to further protect wildlife and wildlife corridors, waterway protections and vegetation protections throughout.

    Figure 14: Koala Habitat Protection Areas

    8. How will you preserve the character of the village atmosphere?

     

    Canungra’s natural beauty and village charm are what makes it such a desirable place to live. That is why we are making every effort to deliver a design approach that responds to the existing architecture and urban character.

    The majority of homes will be single-storey and feature a simple palette for forms, colours and materials consistent with the established township.

    The landscaping throughout the site has also been designed to balance the needs of the future retirement community, with the conservation and enhancement of the existing ecosystems. The intent is to transform the site into a green and peaceful community, that integrates with the surrounds of Canungra.

    IMAGE 15 (ABOVE): A SELECTION OF PROPOSED HOMES AND LANDSCAPE DESIGNS

    9. How has the community been consulted on this proposal?

     

    Understanding the needs of the local community and engaging with residents and their representatives in a meaningful way is core to our values. That is why we have undertaken extensive consultation prior to lodging the Development Application, including holding numerous meetings, providing regular updates and holding 1-on-1 forums with (but not limited to) neighbours and other local residents, local businesses, the local Councillor and Council.

    From these discussions we’ve made a number of amendments to our DA, including improving the water supply and usage initiatives across the site, amended the proposed range and designed the proposed resident amenities, plus reviewing additional opportunities to enhance the aged care offering (currently under further investigation).

    We’ve also discussed at length the many community benefits and how we can enhance them, which include improved housing choice for the aging population, local job creation, and opportunities for improved public infrastructure for Canungra and the broader Scenic Rim community.

    The DA process is yet another important step in the consultation and planning process and you can view the application in full on the Scenic Rim Regional Council’s website.

    FIGURE 16 (ABOVE): LOCAL AREA PROXIMITY PLAN

    10. How will Canungra accommodate these new homes?

     

    There is a need for diversified housing for the aging population in the Scenic Rim and we believe this site presents an ideal opportunity to further enhance the Canungra village through increased residential, commercial and retail demand, improved amenity, job creation, community diversity, enhanced water and sewer infrastructure, and improved road intersections, network and pedestrian connections.

    We are also very cognisant of the water supply and usage constraints in Canungra, and believe that the planned growth in the area is the catalyst required for greater infrastructure investment. As such, we are continuing to engage with local representatives to advocate for the need of improved water infrastructure for the township.

    If approved, an estimated $4.6m will be directly provided from this project to Council and QUU in infrastructure contributions to improve local roads, parks, water, etc. Other community benefits this project provides includes improved housing options for the aging population, local job creation, and opportunities to support the local businesses in Canungra and the broader Scenic Rim community.

    11. How are you going to supply water to this development?

    We are continuing to engage with local representatives to advocate for the need of improved long-term water infrastructure for Canungra. If approved, an estimated $4.6m will be directly provided from this project to Council and QUU in infrastructure contributions to improve local roads, parks, water, etc. This should ultimately be largely reinvested back into the Canungra community.

    Separate to this, we are proactively introduced additional sustainability features into the proposed master plan including rainwater tanks for every household, large underground water storage tanks (communal), and extensive rainwater and stormwater catchment design (including from streetscapes).

    The master plan has been arranged to be sympathetic to the existing site topography, resulting in a community of residences nestled in the natural bowl of the low part of the site, and incorporating extensive waterway and vegetation protections.

    12. When will construction commence?

     

    Our DA was lodged with Scenic Rim Regional Council on 22 December 2020. Construction won’t commence until we receive formal planning approval.

    13. How much do you expect the homes to be priced for?

     

    While it is still too early in the planning phase to determine pricing, our vision for this development is to provide quality homes at a price point accessible by a broad mix of households. Depending on the final outcome, we would envisage homes sitting within a price range of $450,000 to $850,000.

    Q. Where can I view the Development Application in full? Who can I speak to?

     

    The Development Application, lodged with Scenic Rim Regional Council, is publicly available via Council’s website.

    Alternatively, please contact Riye Arai-Coupe (Project Manager) via 0422 684 454 or riye@bluebirdproperty.com.au for a copy of the Development Application, or should you have any further questions in relation to this proposed development.

    Formal updates to the Development Application will also be publicly available.

     

    Thank you and we hope to hear from you. 

    Please contact us anytime. 

     

    Proposed Retirement Estate Development
    7 Finch Road, Canungra
    Prepared by Bluebird Property (as at 25/03/2021)