The outcome of community workshop sessions for a proposed development near Evandale has been given back to residents.
The Ridgeside “neighbourhood” would have nearly 500 houses.
On Wednesday, about 100 people were expected to hear the outcome of the workshops, Traders in Purple chief executive Brett Robinson said.
“It was the first time we were able to present the very high level concept plans to the community that came from the workshops we held two weeks ago,” he said.
“The concept is to basically to put in a lot of open space, some rural lots, traditional housing, some agricultural uses like a vineyard and some tourism uses.”
The developers are currently proposing two types of housing, including about 130 6000-square-metre blocks and traditional housing.
“We have designed the traditional housing to have about 35 in each area, with about 10 little villages connected throughout the site,” Mr Robinson said.
The project would take about 10 to 15 years.
Urban planner Leon Lange said the community’s biggest concern was that the development was going to be paddocks full of houses.
“By providing a mix within these little hamlets [villages], they provide little communities within communities. So we will have families, first home buyers, empty nesters and retirees all together,” he said.
“Instead of isolating a huge group, they will actually be able to look after each other.”
Mr Robinson said the off-the-grid development was never going to be a “normal” subdivision.
“We’re looking to enhance Evandale, not compete with it,” he said.
Evandale resident Beatrice Langley said the developers had listened to the community’s concerns.
“It has been really positive to have a look at what they’ve come up with,” she said.
“They have listened to the community and what we’ve put forward and it’s been really good how they’ve shown us the maps.”
Mr Robinson said the developers would look at submitting a rezoning application to the Northern Midlands Council.
In the future, a naming competition for the development will be held.
The developers also said the proposal was more of a neighbourhood, rather than a town.
The full plans and community feedback can be read online at ridgeside.com.au.
We’re looking to enhance Evandale, not compete with it.Brett Robinson