Waterfront housing development set to run alongside river
PLANS have been submitted to Southern Downs Regional Council for the subdivision of a farm block at Junabee Rd.
If approved, the homes will back on to the Condamine River, a stone's throw from the high water mark of the 2011 and 2013 floods.
Brisbane-based town planner John de la Couture from JDa Consultants is managing the project.
He said the project was in the early stage and he was waiting on a preliminary assessment from the council before the final plans could be drawn up.
"The developer is dividing the block into 11 lots all up,” he said.
"Ten vacant blocks and one rural balanced area that already has a building on it.”
To safeguard against flooding, Mr de la Couture said the council asked for a nature strip to run between the Condamine River and the new lots.
"That dedication of 20m wide strip along the Condamine River is for the council to build a nice walkway,” he said.
This river walkway, which starts near Queens Park, would wrap around the eastern edge of town.
"Everybody gets something out of it, the council gets something and the residents get something,” he said.
"It's a feel-good thing, it's something the council wanted and it's something my clients wanted to do.”
The developers will split up the lots and sell them individually for people to build new homes.
"We do have one that has been going on for some time in Stanthorpe, on the southern part part of the town, near the Sentimental Rocks area.”