Communities grow as Moreton Bay Thrives
With the population of Queensland’s Moreton Bay region expected to reach 464,155 by 2021 (up 23 per cent from 2011), demand for housing is also growing. In fact, Moreton Bay Regional Council expects that the area will require an extra 21,000 dwellings between now and 2021 in order to meet projected demand.
RPS has been assisting Stockland to help fill this gap, with a vibrant new residential community development at Newport that will ultimately encompass around 2,300 dwellings.
Collaboration aids creation at Newport
Following due diligence and acquisition of a significant parcel of land adjacent to the popular suburbs of Kippa-Ring, Redcliffe and Scarborough in late 2014, Stockland retained RPS’ Planning and Urban Design teams to assist with detailed master planning and the development approval process.
Less than two years later, development for Newport is well underway including construction of a 23.8 hectare navigable constant level lake with plans for two substantial lakefront parks for resident recreation, a retail village centre, retirement living complex, an internal pedestrian network for a walkable, connected community, and a wide range of housing types to suit different lifestyles and budgets.
The community is also well positioned to take advantage of the new Moreton Bay Rail Link station at Kippa-Ring that opened in October 2016.
Spine design for active lifestyles
Stockland has committed to triple-bottom line sustainability at Newport, achieving a 5 Star Green Star – Communities accreditation from the Green Building Council of Australia.
The rating system emphasises the integration of active lifestyle features and the network of pedestrian ‘spines’ that our urban designers have used to criss-cross the development help to encourage active lifestyles while contributing to community connectivity.
The ‘North-South Green Spine’ provides a link between key features of Newport – the lake and the linear park at the south of the community – and provides pedestrian access towards the train station. Medium density terrace housing and open spaces will front this tree lined corridor creating a strong built form character and ‘activating’ the space.
The ‘East-West Spine’ at the south end of the site connects the Village Centre in the east and the proposed District Sporting Park adjacent to Stockland’s overall land holding to the west. A second ‘East-West Spine’ at the north end of the site connects the two lakefront parks and ensures pedestrians have walking options off the main district collector road.
Diverse housing for inclusiveness and resilience
The Queensland Government’s South East Queensland Regional Plan identified housing choice and affordability as a key priority, and RPS’ Planning and Urban Design teams have worked hard to ensure Newport’s design accommodates people at many ages and stages of life.
Precinct designs allow for a diverse mix of housing types and sizes, from the front and rear-loaded terraces suited to first home buyers and downsizers, and high end apartments appropriate for downsizers, to the integrated high-density retirement living that will allow older to people to remain in the community as they age. Standard detached allotments are also offered at a number of price points.
With nearby Kippa-Ring serving as a key commercial, retail and services centre for the Redcliffe area, the diversity of housing options will give local workers greater access to affordable accommodation close to work, while those that do commute have public transport options close by.