MasterPlan obtained development approval to initially rezone and then subsequently subdivide a 260 hectare site in Berry Springs into 53 two hectare allotments. The site’s considerable natural constraints and conservation values required constant liaison with governmental agencies and Council, coordination of external consultants for specialist reports, and understanding of the relevant policy and development guidelines.
A number of endangered fauna and flora species were discovered during the application process, including the Black-Footed Tree Rat, Howard River Toadlet and Sand Sheet Heath. Additional land was rezoned to Zone CN (Conservation) and the approved subdivision design retains approximately 50% of the site for conservation. A wildlife corridor has been included to provide connectivity to undeveloped land to the north as well as a unit title arrangement to allow for additional environmental measures for the ongoing protection of the site.
The site presented challenges for the provision of water. During the assessment period of the application, additional information became available from the then Department of Land Resource Management that the aquifer located beneath portion of the site could not support additional groundwater extraction. MasterPlan undertook extensive research into alternative water supply options and reviewed policy in other jurisdictions. MasterPlan recommended the use of rainwater tanks and supported this argument by including calculations of average yearly rainfall and required collection areas to meet average household water consumption supplies as an alternative to impacting the aquifer by extraction.
The application demonstrates MasterPlan’s ability to synthesise detailed specialist data and present, communicate and negotiate with agencies and authorities to achieve balanced outcomes for our clients and the environment.