Service Line Leader - Urban Design
From planning ideas to community-centred reality RPS has been integral in the design and development of Harmony at Palmview on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
Engaged in 2007 to provide an urban design review of the planning that had been completed for the area to date, RPS subsequently assisted in the preparation of a structure plan and infrastructure agreement that covers the Palmview Structure Planned Area - a zone covering 909 hectares that will one day be home to approximately 7,000 dwellings and 16,000 people. Our work included the preparation of policies and plans, design, and the negotiation of appropriate approvals.
Finalised in 2015, the Infrastructure Agreement will ensure adequate funding arrangements are in place to facilitate critical infrastructure development over the next 15-20 years – from roads and water, to sewerage, parks and lifestyle amenities. As the planning, design and development of Harmony has evolved, RPS has continued to support the creation of a successful, liveable community through urban design, landscape architecture (open space masterplanning), economics and surveying services.
AVID Property Group
Understanding that for people to live well in a new community, great housing must be supported by robust infrastructure and amenities that reflect and enhance the character of the area, our work on Harmony has been about helping AVID to strike a fine balance between these factors.
RPS has led the preparation of Harmony’s:
Design Guidelines developed by our team are influencing the planning and design of open spaces, roadways, village centre and two community display facilities, while contributing to the diversity of housing options delivered – from villas, terraces and smaller allotment housing, to medium density residential and retirement villages.
Another key feature of Harmony’s masterplan is the ‘grand linear park’ that was opened in 2018. This green space corridor allows all residents of Harmony to live within a few minutes’ walk of recreational park space, connects the community and promotes active transport. In fact, open space constitutes 35% of Harmony’s overall site area – a real drawcard for potential residents and investors.
Our work on Harmony is continuing, with the RPS urban design team currently working on designs for the community's district activity centre. Created with true neighbourhood values in mind and a focus on walkability, features of this important hub will include major retail and speciality shops, commercial businesses, cafes, restaurants and a village park.
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