Applications Lodged with Kingston Council
The Project Team planning the residential development of the Kingswood golf course this week lodged its application to Kingston Council to have the land rezoned, and a separate application to subdivide the first parcel of land and develop housing lots.
The proposed development would provide a new residential community to address and respond to Kingston’s need for housing variety and affordability.
The developers’ published vision is that the site “ … will be redeveloped into an exemplary urban renewal project, knitted together by high quality open spaces and streetscapes that seamlessly integrate with the neighbourhood and create a retreat from the bustle of daily life.” Spokesperson for the Project Team, Ms Anna Martiniello, said the applications had been lodged after more than 12 months research and consultative work.
The proposal is for an estimated 800 residential lots comprising a mix of conventional detached housing lots (low density) and medium density lots (townhouses/terraces/villa units). The variety of lots will enable people to stay within their community should they seek to downsize, to assist first-home owners and those on lower incomes.
The application detail highlights the Project Team’s willingness to minimise the impact of the development on existing residents. It contains:
- A commitment to 17.5 per cent of the site (9.3ha) being reserved for open space, and available for public recreation. This is 12.5 per cent more than the minimum requirement.
- A dedicated mixed-use precinct where commercial community service providers such as a child care centre or kindergarten may choose to locate.
- A development contribution fund that would enable Kingston council to provide such services and infrastructure needed and wanted by the community.
- A strong and highly connective network of walking and bicycle paths.
- An internal and external road network designed to improve amenity by reducing circulation and re-distributing existing traffic away from local roads.
- A stormwater management plan developed with Melbourne Water that will enable some 60,000 cubic metres more water to be stored on the site than currently possible, alleviating flood danger to about 70 existing homes in Dingley Village.
- A commitment to careful management of construction to minimise community impact.
Ms Martiniello said the application also addressed resident concerns about the loss of trees and wildlife habitat on the site.
“Retention of the existing trees is at the heart of the proposed development. They provide outstanding amenity, habitat for local fauna, screening and visual interest,” she said. “Our consultants have identified those trees with high retention value and we would be planting more than 2300 new trees in open spaces and streetscapes.”
“Overall, our plans would deliver a net increase in vegetation as a result of proposed planting within public open spaces and road reserves. And we would install nest boxes to encourage birds and arboreal mammals.”
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