THE final development scheme for the Andergrove Urban Development Area (UDA) has been approved by the Governor in Council, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe announced last Friday.
Mr Hinchliffe said the draft development scheme was amended in response to concerns raised by the local community and now preserves almost 60 per cent of natural bushland on the 22 hectare site.
"We recognised the importance of this habitat to local birdlife and melaleucas and support the community's desire to preserve as much of the environment as possible," Mr Hinchliffe said, adding that the revised scheme "strikes the right balance" between ecological protection and provision of affordable housing.
"The approval of the development scheme means that the plan for the UDA can be enacted". The development scheme provides the overarching plan for the UDA including parkland, roads and pedestrian pathways.
"Once the first development application is approved, development will start in the new year." Mr Hinchliffe said a development application has been lodged for 35 lots in stage 1 which is on the eastern end of the site fronting Bedford Road as well as an application for stages 2 and 3, providing a further 41 lots.
Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) CEO Paul Eagles said the approval of the development scheme is a continuation of this successful joint venture project with the Mackay Regional Council to provide Mackay with housing diversity.
The Andergrove UDA will provide approximately 180 residential lots in total and homes built within the UDA will be sold on the open market.