Yass Council backs Parkwood border development with rezoning decision

Ian Bushnell 28 October 2019 19
Parkwood development

The proposed Parkwood development on the NSW side of the border, from the masterplan.

Yass Valley Shire Council has backed the proposed Parkwood residential development on the border with the ACT, recommending at its October meeting that rezoning of the land be approved.

Parkwood is the NSW component of Riverview Developments’ proposed Ginninderry cross-border development being delivered in conjunction with the ACT Government, and will eventually hold 5000 dwellings.

The 600-hectare Parkwood site includes 213 hectares being set aside within a Conservation Corridor adjacent to the Murrumbidgee River and Ginninderra Creek, downstream from the Ginninderra Falls.

The Council says will be rezoned from RU1 Primary Production and E3 Environmental Management to R1 General Residential, E2 Environmental Conservation and E3 Environmental Management, subject to state planning approval.

Yass Valley Council General Manager Chris Berry said that Council had undertaken a significant amount of work on cross-border service delivery and governance in relation to the ‘large and complex’ proposal.

“This was a decision that required a large degree of input and cooperation between local, state and territory governments,” he said.

“Comprehensive Aboriginal, ecological, bushfire, flooding and land and water assessments were undertaken over a period of five years, the final area available for urban development is based on extremely strong evidence,” Mr Berry said.

Ginninderry Master Plan

During the community consultation process, a petition with 140 signatures, as well as 54 separate submissions and 12 postcards were received. Variations have been recommended in response to the issues raised by the community and state agencies.

The first subdivision in Parkwood (NSW) is not expected to occur until 2032, with the project continuing for 35 to 40 years.

Council’s recommendation for the Parkwood rezoning to be approved will now go to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment Department for review and finalisation.

Ginninderry will extend across the ACT/NSW border to the west of Belconnen and is being developed by the ACT Government in a joint venture with the Corkhill family’s Riverview Developments Pty Ltd. The community will eventually have around 11,500 homes, of which 6500 will be in the ACT.

ACT Housing Minister Yvette Berry officially opened the 16-site Ginninderry Display Village on Friday.

The GX-Ginninderry Experience will showcase 16 homes, sustainability initiatives, a local arts trail, turf and environmental controls and the ‘Mini-G’ tiny house.

The first suburb within Ginninderry, Strathnairn, is set to have about 1500 dwellings with a mix of larger blocks for families and compact, easy to maintain blocks and dwellings for those wanting a smaller scale lifestyle.

Planned facilities for Strathnairn include new school, shops and new community infrastructure, such as halls, childcare centres and medical centres.

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19 Responses to Yass Council backs Parkwood border development with rezoning decision
George Watling George Watling 12:22 pm 28 Jul 20

As long the design is not miro blocks and nature strips with massive-houses, narrow roads, no space for gardens and shade trees like you find in the Molonglo. In those types of developments buyers find themselves paying more for less and stuck with a lack of privacy, unbelievable surface temperatures in summer , higher air conditioning costs, high levels of noise and light pollution, and congestion on their roads.

alistaair alistaair 3:32 pm 29 Oct 19

Hopefully, Parkwood can have its own aesthetic instead of being a colonialist style extension of the ACT into NSW.

Kathy Schneider Kathy Schneider 12:59 pm 28 Oct 19

Will children living in the NSW side of this joint development be eligible to attend ACT schools if their parents work in ACT?

    Shiva Sapkota Shiva Sapkota 1:17 pm 28 Oct 19

    Kathy Schneider I thought they will even if their parent work in NSW. They will share the cost and rates benefit. Interesting thing for me is what will happen to land tax that doesn’t apply to NSW land.

    Kathy Schneider Kathy Schneider 2:00 pm 28 Oct 19

    I’d heard that they weren’t allowed to at present. But yes ACT houses have higher rates and land tax it seems.

    Margaret Edwards Margaret Edwards 5:28 pm 28 Oct 19

    Kathy Schneider I lived in NSW and went to school in Victoria along with a lot of others. The Vic give billed the NSW govt for for our education.

    Elspeth Shannon Rollason Elspeth Shannon Rollason 5:46 pm 28 Oct 19

    Kathy Schneider there are specific schools designated as NSW pathways schools for students living in NSW. You will not be able to attend a Category A school. This is the current rule and I can’t see it changing just for this housing development as that would be unfair for other NSW resident students.

    Kathy Schneider Kathy Schneider 7:09 pm 28 Oct 19

    Elspeth Shannon Rollason Interesting.

    Sara Stidworthy Sara Stidworthy 11:19 am 29 Oct 19

    Kathy Schneider they can go to the crappy low capacity schools!

Margaret Freemantle Margaret Freemantle 12:29 pm 28 Oct 19

And where will the water come from???

    Ally Ryan Ally Ryan 1:58 pm 28 Oct 19

    Margaret Freemantle hopefully from ACT as Yass water isn’t enough to support current needs

Tan Choi Heng Tan Choi Heng 11:17 am 28 Oct 19

cross-border development ... which laws apply?

    Brad Fraser Brad Fraser 11:24 am 28 Oct 19

    Very true. Also, does the Yass LGA or ACT government provide services, and which government collects council rates?

    Ryan Daniel Ryan Daniel 11:35 am 28 Oct 19

    Brad Fraser I’m curious if it will end up being that all services and infrastructure are ACT but they’re in NSW so they have no voting power to influence anything that affects them in terms of services. That’d be a weird circumstance

    Tan Choi Heng Tan Choi Heng 12:24 pm 28 Oct 19

    Where is the NSW/ACT border in the Ginninderry Master Plan?

    Brad Fraser Brad Fraser 12:34 pm 28 Oct 19

    My understanding is the border essentially cuts through the development.

    Shiva Sapkota Shiva Sapkota 1:21 pm 28 Oct 19

    Brad Fraser we patriot NSW residents will rather go war on ACT if they try to steal our land that way. 🙂

    Ryan Daniel Ryan Daniel 1:44 pm 28 Oct 19

    Tan Choi Heng there’s a master plan on their website that shows the border

    Tan Choi Heng Tan Choi Heng 1:53 pm 28 Oct 19


    ... very interesting!

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