Top levy planned for Lochinvar development

Top levy planned for Lochinvar development

By FRANCES THOMPSON

Lower Hunter Reporter

DETAILS of a key development site at Lochinvar, covering 650hectares and incorporating 5000 residential lots, have been released.

A draft plan shows Maitland City Council wants developer contributions – or Section 94 contributions – to be $30,000 per lot, the maximum allowed for undeveloped sites under the state government’s infrastructure levy rules.

A report to be debated by councillors at tomorrow’s  meeting says although the costs per lot are estimated to be slightly less, at about $26,000, the council should apply for ‘‘greenfield’’ status in recognition of the higher price of creating well-planned communities 

The Lower Hunter Regional Strategy and the Maitland Urban Settlement Strategy rate Lochinvar as a significant site in achieving the high levels of population growth planned for the region.

The biggest component of the developer contributions  (more than $8000 per lot) will go to providing recreation and open space.

Some of the major features of the draft plan include so-called precinct plans to provide protection of New England Highway landmarks, such as the historic Catholic education buildings and Saint Helena homestead, Airds, the rural clothing store and air quality assessments on the impact of coal dust from passing trains.

The council wants ‘‘sensitive’’ rural views protected and minimum 60-metre setbacks between the highway and residences.

The draft plan provides for a Lochinvar town centre, a transport interchange adjoining the railway,  development of lots within walking distance of bus routes and pedestrian paths.

Council staff recommended the draft plan go on public exhibition for two months.

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