The masterplan for one of the last remaining large-scale greenfield waterfront development sites on the Gold Coast has been given the green light.
Lewis Land Group’s $1.5-billion Harbour Shores has been approved for a 16ha site with 1.2km of canal frontage at Biggera Waters in the city’s north.
It paves the way for the delivery of more than 30 buildings comprising 2000-plus homes as well as communal open spaces and parklands, a waterfront boardwalk, private marina berths, retail and commercial spaces.
To be developed in multiple stages during the next decade, the gated community will include a mix of townhouses and mid-rise apartments with a range of resident amenities including rooftop and lagoon-style pools, tennis courts and clubhouse facilities.
It will be spread across two interconnected northern and southern precincts along Oxley Drive, next to the Harbourtown Premium Outlets shopping complex, which was developed by Lewis Land in 1999.
Lewis Land Group chief executive Matthew McCarron said Harbour Shores would provide much-needed housing supply and eventually become home to more than 4500 residents.
“The masterplan approval represents the final step in the planning process, and we intend to fast-track the first release of apartments and waterfront villas,” Mr McCarron said.
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“For Harbour Shores we have brought together leading Australian architects and urban planners to design a community that embraces its environment and contributes to the architectural landscape and lifestyle of the city for years to come.”
More than 54 per cent of the masterplan is dedicated to open green spaces, landscaping and communal areas. It is targeting a targeting a 6 Star Green Star Communities v1.1 rating through a range of initiatives, including EV charging stations, energy and water conservation, diverse garden typologies and resident wellbeing programs.
Along with the overarching masterplan, stages one and two—designed by BDA Architecture and Cottee Parker Architects, respectively—also recently have been given the go-ahead by the Gold Coast City Council.