The site development and TP constraints:
The Bennett and Bennett town planning team was tasked with managing and submitting a development application seeking a development permit for a Material Change of Use (Impact Assessable) for Multiple Dwellings (6 units), replacing 2 existing dwelling houses, located at 17-19 Le Mans Drive, Mermaid Waters.
The combined sites comprised a total area of 1,692m² and is located within a highly desirable waterfront position within the suburb of Mermaid Waters. According to the Gold Coast City Plan, the sites are located within the boundaries of both the Low and Medium Density Residential Zones with the development gaining approval for partial third storey dwellings, increased density and reduced building setbacks.
Some key statistics of this development are as follows:
- 200m walking distance to Pacific Fair (Australia’s 5th largest shopping centre)
- 350m walking distance to light rail tram stop
- 250m walking distance to public library and child care
- 300m walking distance to major bus exchange hub
- Waterfront amenity and access
- The building site cover will be reduced by 15%
The design of the approved development adopted a contemporary appearance which will contribute to the emerging built form character of the locale through the provision of modern low-rise buildings which adopt a comparable form and appearance to other low-rise buildings within the Gold Coast central growth corridor whilst also sitting comfortably with the character of the neighbouring buildings and canal front properties. The proposed development involves Multiple dwellings that will facilitate an increase in residential density and provide a solution to the current ‘missing middle’ in housing supply, diversity and availability.
The approved development was a successful mix of negotiation and key understanding of the Gold Coast City Plan. The site has various constraints such as flood overlays, coastal erosion hazards as well as being in two different zones with varying density allowances. We managed to secure an excellent approval for the client for a difficult development proposal that shifted away from standard duplex and low density housing to provide quality infill development.