JWD Projects acquired the Inyadda Drive Planning Proposal site in 2017 and commenced addressing the conditions required by Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) as part of Gateway Determination. An Orchid Survey was conducted that identified a number of areas of significant conservation value, which led to additional biodiversity study requirements and amendment of the development footprint. Other studies are also currently being undertaken to help inform the development footprint.

Determining an appropriate development footprint

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) requested in 2015 that a Biodiversity Constraints Assessment and a Bio-Certification Assessment Report be undertaken as part of the Gateway Process. The draft biodiversity study is currently being reviewed by OEH. Preliminary findings have informed amendments to the development footprint, illustrated in Figure 1 below.

Figure 1

We are now in the process of preparing the other studies required by the Gateway Determination under Council’s oversight.

The specialist studies are:

  • Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment
  • Bushfire Assessment
  • Biodiversity offset strategy
  • Wastewater system capacity
  • Contaminated land assessment
  • Acid Sulfate Soils assessment
  • Heritage conservation management
  • Traffic study
  • Electricity Infrastructure
  • Integrated water cycle management plan.

These are currently either underway or are being commissioned.

Project timeline and next steps

The rezoning process, outlined in Figure 2 has been developed in consultation with Council.  We are currently at the specialist studies phase and will soon commence master planning for the site.

Figure 2

We will present findings of the studies to the community through a series of engagement activities, such as a community information session and presentations from the technical specialists.