Apartment proposal seeks five times the number of allowable dwellings on Coombs block

Ian Bushnell 27 September 2018 5

The locator graphic showing the site when it was on the market in February. Photo: Supplied

A developer wants to build almost five times the maximum number of dwellings allowed on a prime site in Coombs, raising eyebrows in the new Molonglo Valley suburb.

The block sold with a maximum dwelling limit of 44 but is now the subject of a development application for an eight-storey marker building with 212 apartments.

Block 3 Section 12 on the corner of John Gorton Drive and Terry Connolly Street is zoned RZ5, High-Density Residential and was sold by the Suburban Land Agency on 28 February to Zapari Property Coombs Pty Ltd for $3,350,000.

Zapari is now proposing a multi-unit development comprising one, two and three-bedroom apartments with basement car parking, site amenities and services connections as well as hard and soft landscaping, subject to a separate application to vary the lease to allow the increase in the number of dwellings.

It will tower over neighbouring townhouses. A public park is directly to the west on the corner of Terry Connolly Avenue and John Gorton Drive, and land opposite the block on John Gorton Drive is also zoned Urban Open Space. Adjoining blocks to the north and east are zoned High Density Residential.


The composite street elevation from the DA.

The DA says the site was sold with provision to construct a minimum of 49 and maximum of 97 dwellings, although the marketing information and the SLA sales result on its website says a maximum of 44.

It says the design and siting of the proposal is capable of complying with a future lease variation to permit additional unit development rights, and that the proposed development meets the 21.5-metre height rule and offers a range of dwelling types at various prices as required under the sales conditions.

This will be achieved without having any unreasonable adverse impacts on the neighbouring streets and public park to the west, including overshadowing and unreasonable loss of winter sunshine, the DA says.

An aerial photo of the site from the DA.

The proposal includes a communal open space area on a podium with basement parking underneath, as well as a rooftop terrace garden with large landscaped beds to create private spaces with a mix of mature palms.

The DA says the building will be of high architectural standard, energy efficient with sustainable water use.

According to the traffic report, the proposal provides for 360 car parking spaces, with residents’ basement storage cages available for bicycle parking.

To view the DA go here.


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5 Responses to Apartment proposal seeks five times the number of allowable dwellings on Coombs block
cannedbeeria cannedbeeria 6:00 pm 04 Oct 18

“Profits over People”
The developers will stuff their pockets. The Government will do so too. The real estate agents will “make a killing”.
Twas ever thus in the Real Estate “Industry” (which is supported wholly by the poor punter that has to put a roof over his head and that of is /her family.
But the “Industry” will walk away to make obscene millions elsewhere.
But what about people. The neighbours who have already bought in the area, never considering that this would be built?
What about the people who eventually live in this tower? The block is sized for 44 dwellings. Given a mix of 1 to 3 bedroom apartments that’s about 100 to 120 people.
But the developer wants to fit closer to 800 people on the same block!

BlowMeDown BlowMeDown 5:51 pm 04 Oct 18

Abolish this kind of speculation by requiring the block to be handed back and auctioned under any changed conditions.

The developer bought the block knowing precisely what was allowed and that should be what is built.

    chewy14 chewy14 10:17 pm 05 Oct 18

    They don’t need to do that because the government already has a Lease Variation Charge that captures most of the uplift in value when lease conditions are changed.

g210 g210 4:23 pm 28 Sep 18

Should anyone really be surprised with this sort of ambit DA in this town?
Maybe the developer figures – Worse case, scale the DA back a floor if the neighbors go ape and still be ahead. Best case, LDA glazes over and says sure – why not. Sunshine is overrated anyway.

Arjay Arjay 11:43 am 27 Sep 18

Oh wow, this development is almost comedically terrible. Though why stop at 8 storeys? Go for 23 storeys and call it a “landmark” building. After all, a height limit of seven storeys did bugger all to stop Geocon’s Infinity Towers!

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