Civil Consult were engaged to undertake a number of engineering services at a new development on the north coast, including a geotech investigation for the purpose of a DA submission.
The development consisted of a caretaker cottage and cabins, and was situated in beautiful area of the North Coast. Included in the brief was the requirement for bulk earthworks design and the design of a fill platform the new caretaker cottage to be founded on..
Civil Consult provided:
a geoetchnical site classification (soil test),
civil engineering bulk earthworks design
3D terrain modelling to determine the most efficient use of the cut to fill platform across the site
drawings and section of the development for DA approval
3D modelling was used effectively with a final pad being designed around the requirement to have neither an excess of cut or fill.
A new Skennars Head development application has been lodged with council this week. The development is called The Outlook and will be located on the old Stewart Farm land between Angels beach estate and Skennars head.
In documents lodged with the council, the proposed lots would generally range in size from 600sq m to 900sqm, with some lots above 1200sqm. Initial cost estimates put the development at $14 million.
The developers are asking for deferred commencement approval, which would delay works until a western connection road was built by developers (Lend Lease and Royal Bank of Scotland) of the neighbouring Pacific Pines Estate.
Timing for the new western road which is part of Stage 1C of Pacific Pines estate, is still unclear and not likely to be any time this year – Stay tuned for more information as it comes to hand!
For full details of the application head to Ballina Shire Councils online DA trackers, its really useful website for keeping up to date with changes in the shire.
The NSW Planning Department approved the rezoning of 255 hectares of land which will allow for the creation of a new suburb in North Lismore.
For a development 15 years in the making this will be a milestone for the future use of Lismore. The new development will put the focus back on into our business centre, especially the CBD as the development is so close. It will reinvigorate North Lismore, with the rezoning ultimately allowing for 1300 residential lots, with 1500 new dwellings housing around 3600 people.
Council has already adopted a Development Control Plan and Section 94 Contributions Plan which means developers can lodge their DAs immediately. The Winten Group will lodge a DA for the 450 fist house immediately.
Check back to this blog for more details as they are announced.
The West Byron Project is represents a significant land release for the Byron Bay area. With significant public opposition to the project, the West Byron Project team will have their hands full delivering the rezoning application. Stage 1 of the project includes submission of the proposal to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure seeking to rezone the site to allow urban development. The proposal was amended by the Department to take into consideration the feedback received from the community and other government agencies.
West Byron Development Site Plan
The project has been on display to the public in Byron and currently 1800 people have signed a petition against the project on change.org. Provided the developer understand that the development of this land must consider the existing and future needs and aspirations of the community and other stakeholders, and delivers on this approach, then the project should be successful to the Byron community.
Should the project go ahead in whatever eventual form, there will be no doubt positive economic impacts for the community in terms of jobs and development. Without a doubt the development must include some type of Byron bypass road to the West. Byron is crying out for this piece of infrastructure and must be built to accommodate such a large development.
The road would most likely be constructed using some form of rock bridging layer at the foundation, with earthfill placed above this bridging layer. The geological setting consist of alluvial flood plains with potential acid sulphate soils. No doubt a challenging site to develop. Check back for updates as the project progresses.
Hopefully the development form of develop for this area will included a West Byron bypass.
The North Lismore Plateau Development is on the card for this year. Recently Lismore Mayor Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell was quoted in the NOrthern Star (1/1/2014) as saying;
“In 2014 I’m looking forward to the first homes being built on North Lismore Plateau and some exciting new businesses coming to the city. While hard decisions still need to be made, the foundations, through our Growth Management Strategy and other policies, have been laid for a bright 2014. Watch this space.”
As described in the North Lismore Plateau DCP: “North Lismore Plateau represents a significant opportunity for the development of a substantially sized residential community located in easy walking and cycling distance of the Lismore CBD and within a unique landscape setting rich in natural and cultural heritage values and with outstanding scenic qualities. The vision is to facilitate sustainable development that responds to and conserves the unique environmental attributes of the site and is well integrated with the existing urban fabric of Lismore.”
The 255ha site is located approximately 1.5km north west of the Lismore CBD, and has the potential to create up to 1500 dwelling sites.
Geotechncially the site is located predominantly on Lismore Basalt, with some of the lower areas laying on the alluvial channels at the base of the elevated area. Generally the site would be a great area for development with good residual soils and rock foundations providing stable foundation for construction. Geological map of the area is included below.