Following public exhibition of the Planning Proposal for Jacaranda in February and March 2021, both the Planning Proposal and Biodiversity Certification, as detailed below, have been sent to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for review and approval.
There is further work to be done with Hawkesbury City Council on the local Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) and Draft Development Control Plan (DCP) and we hope to finalise both in the coming months.
1. Planning Proposal which seeks to amend the zoning.
It does NOT change the total number of lots or size of lots that is already approved. The total number of lots remains at 580; with lots sizes ranging from 1,000m2 up to 4,000+m2. The proposal seeks to increase the size and location of open spaces and introduce conservation areas, called Biobank Sites. Currently with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for review and approval.
2. Biodiversity Certification – Strategically addresses biodiversity issues across the site holistically and creates Biobank Sites.
These are sites considered to have high ecological value that Celestino will restore/enhance and fully fund the in-perpetuity conservation management before handing over to Council as public reserves. Currently with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for review and approval.
3. Revised Local Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA)
Celestino will commit a total of $23.2m in contributions under the Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) with Hawkesbury City Council that will go toward road upgrades, existing community facility upgrades and new community facilities. This is an increase from the previous VPA of $10,000 per lot; from $30k up to $40k per lot. This is over and above amenity and infrastructure that Celestino will deliver at Jacaranda including the lake, roads, footpaths, street trees and the local water centre that will deliver sewer and recycled water to all homes at Jacaranda.
4. Draft Development Control Plan (DCP)
Details the key principles and objectives to ensure that future development aligns with the overall vision for Jacaranda. It includes controls that Celestino must adhere to for the natural and built environments such as bushfire management, street design, open spaces and infrastructure. As well as the controls for the development of homes at Jacaranda such as setbacks, building heights and landscaping to name a few.
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