TOPOGRAPHY & LAND DESCRIPTION OF LOT 9001 MOUNT KIRRIBILLIE
Lot 9001 rises from the edge of the Boddington town site which is at 240m to a central hill with a height of approximately 336m with up to 94m difference over such a short displacement means exceptional views are available from most parts of this picturesque property. This undulation not only provides exceptional views but creates good drainage on the materialistic and granite soils.
Native vegetation is typically jarrah / marri / wandoo woodland with an under storey of grass tree, sheoak and / or parrot bush and although some of this remains, the majority is grazing land with natural and improved pasture. Soils are typically deep brown loamy duplexes with yellow brown deep sandy duplexes, red yellow loams and gravels.
The site is bisected by a central north-south aligned ridge creating varied and quite magnificent topography within the site. The upper parts of the ridge are characterised by steep terrain and rocky outcrops with woodland vegetation leading to a 336m AHD ridgetop that is nearly flat with (4° slope) with mature forest largely devoid of understorey. The lower lying land on either side of the ridge exhibits gentler terrain (average 4° slope) and has largely been cleared for pastoral activities with some remaining woodland patches. A secondary ridge with woodland vegetation exists in the north east of the site with an average 9° slope.
In 2012, the Shire was successful in securing $1,250,000.00 in funding from the Royalties for Regions Supertown Program for the extension of a Water Corporation water main to the Ranford town site. Electricity, water and sewerage services are available for connection within proximity of the property.
Onsite you will notice the WC blue survey pegs marking the line of the main. The Shire anticipate going to tender on the construction of the main very shortly.
The owner of lot 9001 is Absinth Pty Ltd a Michael Johnson family company.
The 2016 rates were $5503 for the whole of Lot 9001 now 6 Super Lots.
EASEMENTS / ENCUMBRANCES
A copy of the title is attached and there are two easements on the title and no encumbrances.
Easement K703993 is to the Shire of Boddington giving them the right to access a relatively small drain in the NW corner of the lot 9001. The area the drain is on land shown as POS on the endorsed Structure Plan so it is expected that the Shire may agree to lift the easement at some time in the future.
Easement N046433 is to the Water Corporation to allow them access to a mains water line.
SHIRE OF BODDINGTON LOCAL PLANNING SCHEME NO. 2 – AMENDMENT NO. 13
On 14 March 2008, Amendment 13 to the Shire of Boddington Local Planning Scheme No. 2 was gazetted, rezoning the site from “Rural” to “Special Use 1”.
Amendment 13 envisaged that the site would provide for major urban expansion of the Boddington town site and on that basis the “Special Use” zone was considered appropriate as it would provide the Shire with a degree of flexibility to facilitate the creation of a variety of lot sizes to meet a greater range of lifestyles within the market.
LOT 9001 LOCAL STRUCTURE PLAN
Amendment No. 13 was supported by a Local Structure Plan (LSP), which was subsequently adopted by the Shire of Boddington and endorsed by the WAPC in March 2008 to provide guidance on applications for use, subdivision and development of the land.
The adopted LSP illustrated the use, subdivision and development of the land for ”Residential”, “Special
Residential”, “Rural Residential”, “Creek Rehabilitation” and “Public Open Space” supported by a connected road network, designed in consideration of site’s unique landscape and landform and on advice contained within a number of supporting technical reports. In addition, the adopted LSP outlined a number of development provisions to guide the further detailed planning, use, subdivision and development of the land.
Following settlement of the purchase of the site by Absinth Pty Ltd in June 2013, the consultant project team undertook to review the adopted local structure plan to identify opportunities for the development of the land that would complement and strengthen the objectives, findings and recommendations contained within The Boddington Supertown Growth Plan.
A number of opportunities were identified, including:
- The provision of land for the development of a lifestyle village to meet an identified need for alternative housing options for over 55 year olds and others;
- The provision of land for the development of a new Shire caravan park to facilitate the provision of expanded and contemporary tourist accommodation and facilities.
The statutory planning approvals required to facilitate the project are now all in place with the Western Australian Planning Commission’s (“WAPC”) endorsement of a Local Structure Plan and the determination of two applications proposing the creation of a Super Lot, lifestyle village and residential, special residential and rural residential freehold lots and a road reserve connecting Forrest Street to River Road. During the approval process WAPC identified a technical planning restraint and did not approve the joint residential / caravan park use we had applied for Super lot 3. I understand they have no problem with a caravan park as shown on the plan although they will require a separate application before approving that use.
SHIRE POLICY AND STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK
The Shire of Boddington and the project site have been the subject of ongoing strategic planning and policy frameworks, all of which support and encourage: the growth of the Boddington and Ranford town sites; the coordination of service delivery; and the provision of affordable residential land; as a means of achieving the over-arching vision and objectives of the State Government to meet the challenges that our State is likely to face as we move towards the year 2050. Accordingly, the site is well placed to assist the State Government to deliver on a number of key strategic objectives, most notably population decentralisation, the delivery of affordable residential land and building a sustainable and resilient regional community.
STATE PLANNING STRATEGY 2050 (2014)
In June 2014, the WAPC released the State Planning Strategy 2050 (“the Strategy”). The Strategy is the Government’s strategic planning response to the challenges Western Australia is likely to face and aims to build strategic planning capacity and capability around a single State planning vision.
The Strategy envisages that by 2050 Western Australia will double its current population and will have a diverse range of well-connected and vibrant communities and regional centres that are resilient, active and respectful of cultural difference.
It outlines the Government’s intention to undertake a collaborative approach in planning for the State’s land availability, physical and social infrastructure, environment, economic development and security and offers a strategic context and guide for future strategies, plans, policies and decisions by public and local authorities with specific responsibilities or influence in the sustainable use and development of land throughout the State.