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Gold Creek Homestead precinct FAQs

 

GOLD CREEK HOMESTEAD PRECINCT (BLOCK 109 SECTION 23 NGUNNAWAL)

Where is the Gold Creek Homestead site? 
 
Gold Creek Homestead Precinct (Block 109 Section 23 Ngunnawal) is bound by Monty Place, Gungahlin Drive and neighbouring residences, and includes the remnant Gold Creek Homestead and gardens. The site is identified on the map below.
 
Gold Creek precinct map
 
Why is the Gold Creek Homestead precinct being sold? 
 
The Indicative Land Release Program 2019-20 to 2022-23 (ILRP) identifies a Government target of 45 residential dwellings to be released in 2019-20 on Ngunnawal Block 109 Section 23. In 2019, community engagement was undertaken to inform the sales method for the site.  Subsequently, the land has been released to the market for sale through a Request for Tender (RFT) on 23 June 2020. The tender closes on 10 September 2020. 
 
What is the sales process for the Gold Creek Homestead precinct?
 
The sale of the land will be through a one-stage tender process. Tenderers are required to submit a concept plan, design development proposal and community engagement and placemaking plan. The proposal needs to respond to the place themes and success criteria of a Precinct Development Brief that was developed by an independent Community and Stakeholder Panel. The sale of the site is subject to a Crown Lease and approved Development Application that is consistent with the successful tender and subsequent negotiations and community engagement. The development will need to include minimum requirements as set out in the Development Obligations in the Request for Tender (RFT).
 
What are Development Obligations for the site?
 
Development Obligations are minimum requirements that need to be delivered as part of the development of the land. These include a certification of an equivalent of Green Star Community Rating of 5 stars or better; meeting a 30% tree canopy and 30% permeable surface target for the land; providing a public walking and cycling link through the site and improving traffic safety at the intersection of Gungahlin Drive and Monty Place. 
 
Who is the marketing agent?
 
The marketing agent is Knight Frank. The contacts are Daniel McGrath (0411 140 523) and Erika Stone (0402 931 715). Further information is available on www.goldcreekliving.com.au
 
What uses are permitted?
 
The site has Community Facility Zoning, which provides for a mix of health and community uses, including aged care living, a retirement village, supportive housing, health facilities, education facilities, a community activity centre, cultural facilities, childcare and other complementary uses. A mix of uses are permissible at the site. 
 
What is the maximum yield that can be developed on the site?
 
The Indicative Land Release Program identifies a Territory target of a maximum of 45 dwellings for either supportive housing or retirement village. In addition, further community uses, including aged care living, are permissible on the site.
 
What building heights are permissible at the site?
 
The Territory Plan allows for up to two storeys within 30 metres of neighbouring residential blocks and otherwise four storeys or 15 metres in height or a qualitative criterion can apply.
 
What is the site area?
 
The site area is 47,750sqm. Approximately 8,000sqm is made up of the remaining Gold Creek Homestead buildings and surrounding trees. 
 
Is the Homestead heritage listed? Will the Homestead buildings and surrounding trees be retained?
 
The existing structures are not heritage listed; however, we are encouraging development of a precinct that benefits the local community and retains its historic place qualities via adaptive re-use where possible. The Community and Stakeholder Panel’s Precinct Development Brief provides further guidance on this.
 
Have any Aboriginal sites been identified?
 
An Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment was completed in 2020. The field survey identified two new potential archaeological or heritage sites which had not previously been identified. The successful tenderer must complete a program of archaeological subsurface test excavation to further clarify, if any, the extent of the impacts and how they can be managed under a Heritage Council approved Statement of Heritage Effects. 
 
What is the RFT release date and when does the tender close? 
 
The RFT was released to the market on the 23 June 2020 and will close on the 10 September 2020 at 2pm. 
 
What happens once the RFT closes? How will the successful tenderer be identified?
 
An Evaluation Panel will assess the compliance of the Tenders having regard to the minimum requirements which apply to the site that are articulated as Development Obligations. Each tender will be assessed against Weighted Assessment Criteria.
 
What are the Weighted Assessment Criteria?
 
Tenders will be assessed against non-financial and financial Weighted Assessment Criteria, including the tender’s response to the Precinct Development Brief, the financial response, project team experience and development timeframes.  
 
What proportions make up the Weighted Assessment Criteria?
 
The Precinct Development Brief is weighted 50%, the financial response is weighted 30% and the project team experience and development timeframes are 10% each as part of the evaluation of the tender.
 
What is the Precinct Development Brief and how was it developed?
 
The Precinct Development Brief was developed by the Gold Creek Homestead Community and Stakeholder Panel and outlines objectives and principles for successful development and adaptive re-use considering the place identity, history and characteristics of the site. Criteria for successful development are outlined along the following five themes: New place with a long past; A caring, inclusive and safe place; Rural oasis; Sustainability; and Ongoing considerations for community engagement.  
 
Who formed part of the Community and Stakeholder Panel? 
 
Members of the Panel have been selected as a result of an expression of interest process by the Suburban Land Agency which was open to the public from 17 September until 1 October 2019. Community members were selected to achieve as much as possible a representative spread, both geographically and demographically.
Stakeholder groups were selected based on their ability to provide representative views of relevant community sectors. Community members and stakeholders were also selected based on their availability to attend meetings from 9am to 4pm over three Saturdays (26 October, 9 and 30 November 2019).
 
When will a preferred tenderer be identified?
 
A preferred tenderer is anticipated to be announced in January 2021. 
 
What happens once a preferred tenderer is identified?
 
Once a preferred tenderer is identified, the Suburban Land Agency will undertake negotiations with the preferred tenderer to finalise documentation. The preferred tenderer will then be announced as the successful tenderer and a Contract for Sale and Concept Delivery Deed will be exchanged. 
 
When will the sales process be finalised and the successful tenderer identified?
 
The exchange of the Contract for Sale and associated documentation is anticipated by April 2021. Settlement on the sale of the land will only occur after approval of the Development Application that is reflected in a subsequent Crown Lease. It is expected that this won’t be earlier than April 2022.
 
Will the community and stakeholders be involved at a later stage in providing feedback on the successful tender concept?
 
The successful tenderer is required to undertake meaningful and ongoing community and stakeholder engagement with a focus on placemaking during design and development of the Land. The Tenderer’s approach to community and stakeholder engagement and placemaking should demonstrate how this vision can be incorporated into the future design and development of the site.
 
How will community and stakeholder engagement be enforced? 
 
Tenders must submit an Interim Engagement and Placemaking Plan as part of their tender.  This document must set out various stages of engagement throughout design and development; how community and stakeholders will be involved and consulted during each stage; the proposed reporting deliverables for each stage; and how the community and stakeholder feedback will be incorporated during design and development. Once a successful tenderer is selected, the Engagement and Placemaking Plan must be finalised in greater detail and implemented. 
 
How will community engagement be legally enforced on the successful tenderer?
 
The Concept Delivery Deed (CDD) will include the Engagement and Placemaking Plan and it forms a contractual obligation which the successful tenderer must adhere to prior to being able to submit any Development Application for approval.
 
What is the Concept Delivery Deed (CDD)?
 
The CDD is a contractual document which outlines the requirements, rights and obligations in respect of the development of the Land. Minimum requirements as set out in the Development Obligations will be included in addition to the successful Tender Concept, Engagement and Placemaking Plan, easements and place name requirements.
 
Is the tenderer required to use the community panel or can they propose their own community engagement methodology?
 
They can use their own methodology. Subject to individual agreement, SLA will share the community panel details on to the successful tenderer to keep you involved in the process.
 
How could the Gold Creek community engagement model get broader application? 
 
A similar approach is currently considered  for a project in the Belconnen Town Centre. 
 
Will there be multiple entrance/exits to the site from Gungahlin Drive? 
 
Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) has oversight of traffic assessment and preliminary traffic studies have not warranted to consider multiple vehicular access points as part of the development. At this point in time it is envisaged that there will be one vehicular access point from Monty Place. Priority has been given to improve walking and cycling connections and the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. Multiple vehicular access points may create unintended through-traffic and ‘rat run’ through the site. An assessment of exact entry and exit points will form part of the usual Development Assessment process the successful tenderer will need to undertake. 
 
Who owns the block?
 
ACT Government acquired the block in 1998 and ACT Property Group is currently the custodian of the land.
 
Where can I find the marketing material?
 
Further information on the sale of the land can be found on www.goldcreekliving.com.au.
 
What process does the developer have to go through to lodge a DA?
 
Before lodging a Development Application with the Planning Authority, the developer requires SLA’s endorsement of the community engagement undertaken and subsequent design documentation during Concept, Pre-DA and Draft DA stage.
 
What is the benefit of the development to the community? Will the community have access to the site?
 
The RFT is seeking tenders from developers who are interested in establishing a benchmark community precinct, which may include a range of uses from which the community may benefit. Furthermore, the RFT outlines the requirement for the development to provide a public walking and cycling link as a public easement through the site to ensure ongoing public access to the site and encourage a pedestrian- and cycling-friendly environment. 
 
Who do I contact for more information?

 
Daniel McGrath
0411 140 523
Daniel.McGrath@au.knightfrank.com 
 
Erika Stone
0402 931 715
Erika.Stone@au.knightfrank.com 
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