REVEALED: Plans for a new estate in Norman Gardens have been lodged with Rockhampton Regional Council.
REVEALED: Plans for a new estate in Norman Gardens have been lodged with Rockhampton Regional Council. Melanie Plane

DEVELOPMENT: Big plans for Cascade Valley in Rocky suburb

RETREAT style living is poised to boom in Norman Gardens with plans for a new staged subdivision featuring massive residential blocks lodged with Rockhampton Regional Council.

On the behalf of a developer, Capricorn Survey Group CQ Pty Ltd late last year lodged plans to subdivide a single 80.08Ha Lot in the Norman Road Residential Area into 29 Lots to create the new estate 'Cascade Valley' in the foothills of the Mount Archer National Park.

The proposal details plans to create 29 residential lots ranging from the common size of 631m2 to the unique, expansive size of 7064m2. More than 69 hectares of public use land is also included in the plans.

No community infrastructure is included in the project. A previous application was lodged over the land in 2010 for over 200 houses, the current proposal is seen as a far better environmental outcome for the area and Rockhampton.

Google Earth image of where the Cascade Valley estate will be located.
Google Earth image of where the Cascade Valley estate will be located.

The proposed estate will directly connect the existing Cascade Gardens residential estate via Wittenberg Way and into Crestwood Estate through Jim Goldston Drive and will include the creation of new roads servicing the lots.

The subdivision will be completed in four stages with Stage 1 being Lots 1 and Lots 7 to 14, Stage 2 is a separate 3 lot precinct including Lots 27-29 with easement access provided over Lot 29 in favour of Lots 27 and 28, Stage 3 including Lots 15-26 and public use land, Stage 4 involving Lots 2 to 6 and public use land.

All lots have a suitable building envelope for housing with less than 15% slope. The steeper land in the estate is to be public open space.

In the plans, the popularity of the Norman Road Residential Area in the current market is highlighted and how the proposed subdivision would provide a range of different residential options with lots under 1000m2 consistent with the existing built area as well as lots over 2000ms providing for a quieter retreat option.

The proposal has reached the 'Information Request' stage and we have been advised that the necessary reports responding to this are to be submitted to Council shortly.

It is expected that Council will be deciding the fate of the application in March.



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