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									James Cook University
Douglas Campus, Townsville
University Village Master Plan




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                                                                                                                                                                                                  JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY – UNIVERSITY VILLAGE                              PBP0875
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                                  Document Issue Status Record                                                                                                                       DOCUMENT
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  REPORT
                              1 Introduction                                                                                                                                         FILE NAME                                                             FIRST ISSUE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           DATE
                                                                                                                                                                                                  G:\PRO\PLA\08\PBP0875\ADMIN\REPORT\JCU REPORT.IND                       14/11/2005
                              2 The Project Participants
                              3 JCU Vision
                              4 The Context                                                                                                                                           Document         Page          Date       Description                                  Checked
                                                                                                                                                                                      Issue            Revision
                              5 Site Analysis                                                                                                                                         Number           Number
                                                                                                                                                                                      01                             05.12.05   Report V1 – Sections 1-5                     TMcL
                              6 The Development Brief                                                                                                                                 02                             06.03.06   Report V4 – Sections 1-5                     TMcL
                                                                                                                                                                                      03                             10.05.06   Report V5 – Sections 1-5                     TMcL
                              7 The Master Plan
                                                                                                                                                                                      04                             26.05.06   Report V6                                    TMcL
                              8 The Delivery Framework                                                                                                                                05                             02.06.06   Report V7                                    TMcL

                              9 Master Plan Strategies                                                                                                                                06                             05.06.06   Report V8                                    TMcL
                                                                                                                                                                                      07                             19.06.06   Report V9                                    TMcL
                             10 University Village Strategic Design Guidelines
                                                                                                                                                                                      08                             13.07.06   Report V10                                   TMcL
                                                                                                                                                                                      09                             19.07.06   Report V11                                   TMcL
                                                                                                                                                                                      10                             03.08.06   Report V12                                   TMcL
                                                                                                                                                                                      11                             11.08.06   Report V13                                   TMcL




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1   INTRODUCTION                                                             The master plan is to provide direction for the development and
                                                                             refinement of the campus for the next 20 years in the context
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                                                                             of the UV project and in line with JCU’s academic and social
                                                                             goals, capturing the potential for significant qualitative gains for
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1.1 Background                                                               Douglas Campus as well as research spinoffs. It is supported by
    The recent higher education review and the subsequent reforms            a separate Strategic Asset Management Plan which will provide
    proposed have brought about the partial deregulation of the              the necessary financial and implementation inputs to allow JCU
    higher education system. The outcome of these reforms is                 to develop its strategic business plan for UV.
    a requirement for Universities to focus on their strengths and
    determine the value of the courses offered under their academic
    programs in a competitive environment. The Federal education        1.2 Intent of the Master Plan
    reform agenda has been the catalyst for many Australian
    Universities to review the way in which they deliver their               A comprehensive Master Plan should not only be a physical plan
    academic programs. This changing environment has resulted in             but also a holistic guide to the development of a destination,
    James Cook University reviewing its position to create a vision          shaping its identity as a place and ensuring that it is best
                                                                                                                                                    Adaptable spaces     Teaching
    for its future that optimises the assets of the University and           positioned to adapt and evolve over time.
    integrates it with the wider community.                                  This document integrates the requirements of social, cultural and
    JCU’s In the Third Millennium document states that the                   economic development within detailed placemaking strategies to
    University’s aspiration is to promote “a sense of local ownership        provide a blueprint for the community at James Cook University.
    of the university”. However, achieving this outcome has been             To maximise the opportunity inherent in the James Cook
    significantly impeded by the isolation of the campus from                University site, the Master Plan must consider a broad range of
    the community it seeks to serve. The University Village (UV)             issues including:
    proposal provides an opportunity to redress the perceived            — exploring the optimal market positioning;
    isolation problem. Broadly, it involves the closer integration of
    the University into the surrounding urban environment through        — determining the essential ingredients required to deliver this
    the establishment of residential and commercial zones within           positioning successfully;
    the University precinct.                                             — the University’s educational, community, ESD and commercial
    JCU’s vision is “to be acknowledged by 2010 as one of the              goals;
    top five universities in the world enhancing life in the tropics     — capitalising on the strategic development opportunities that are
    through education and research.” The overriding objective              presented by both internal and external factors; and
    of the master plan for UV is to support JCU in its vision by
                                                                         — building critical mass in identified areas of academic and               Endemic vegetation         Students walking through campus
    providing the catalyst for a built environment with the amenity
                                                                           research excellence.
    expected of a leading tropical university.
    JCU intends to use commercial and residential development of
    its land resource at Douglas Campus as a principal source of
    funds to achieve the vision.
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                        Summary of Master Planning Process
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                                                           1       SITUATION ANALYSIS
                                                                                                                       2       OPTION ANALYSIS
                                                                                                                                                                               3       MASTER PLAN
                                                                                                                                                                                       DOCUMENTATION                                   4        PROJECT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                IMPLEMENTATION

                                        Timing                               1-2 months                                               2-3 months                                           5 months                                                     On-going
                                        Objectives         To agree objectives and gain an understanding            To identify and develop a preferred master plan        Design and document the preferred master plan            Initiation of actions necessary for delivery of
                                                           of development constraints and opportunities for         option for the site.                                   option.                                                  preferred strategy option.
                                                           the site.                                                                                                                                                                Deliver outcomes by JCU and the project team.
                                        Approach       —   Project establishment.                               — Undertake detailed investigations as necessary.      —   Initiate actions arising from the option analysis.   —   Initiate actions arising from masterplan including:
                                                       —   Confirm JCU’s principles and objectives              — Test outcomes from detailed investigations and       —   Second design charette.                                  — detailed physical planning;
                                                           including the broader strategic outcomes.              identify preferred options including:                —   Detailed physical masterplanning.                        — obtain and implement stakeholder
                                                       —   Review current property and planning information.      — market;                                            —   Prepare additional layers and textual companions.              communication/ consultation; and
                                                       —   Undertake gap analysis.                                — planning;                                          —   Prepare supporting documents and reports.                — obtain necessary statutory approvals.
                                                       —   Prepare site analysis plan.                            — commercial/ financial; and                         —   Prepare appropriate planning/ design controls        —   Review commercial and financial structures.
                                                       —   Identify key stakeholders - internal and external.     — stakeholder.                                           to support master plan including plan showing        —   Develop preferred funding or partnering
                                                       —   Issues charette (workshop).                          — Timeframe to address both physical and planning          precincts.                                               structures to support desired outcomes.
                                                       —   Review and identify key opportunities and              needs.                                               —   Manage stakeholder consultation.                     —   Identify potential purchasers/ lessees partners/
                                                           constraints including:                               — Determine key decision points in order to            —   Respond to issues.                                       financiers.
                                                           — physical;                                            maintain flexibility and control over time.          —   Prepare ESD and amenity design guidelines.           —   Manage risk profile/ strategy and adjust as
                                                           — financial;                                         — Design charette.                                     —   Prepare financial plan and development staging           necessary.
                                                           — commercial; and                                    — Preliminary valuation of lands.                          plan.                                                —   Project manage necessary approvals,
                                                           — other.                                             — Preliminary determination of infrastructure                                                                       infrastructure works and divestment.
                                                       —   Identify broad development options.                    upgrades and cost.
                                                       —   Involve and inform JCU at all stages.                — Test outcomes of each option, physical and
                                                       —   Develop issues management/ communications              financial, and produce preliminary financial plan.
                                                           strategy and community engagement plan.
                                                       —   Undertake initial discussions with key internal
                                                           and external stakeholders.
                                        Outcomes       —   An identification and understanding of               — Preferred masterplan option (conceptual plan         — JCU approved Master Plan.                         — Implement and deliver infrastructure works.
                                                           opportunities and constraints, key issues and          of development) identified and evaluated             — Platform for JCU to seek planning approval and    — Manage sale process in accordance with agreed
                                                           detailed planning needs identified.                    which meets the vision for UV. Support of key          realise value from the site.                        strategy.
                                                                                                                  stakeholders for preferred option.                   — Prepare a plan identifying development precincts.
                                                                                                                                                                       — Submit and receive JCU masterplan approval.




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1.3 Team                                                                       The US based Morrison Institute for Public Policy has                    SECTION

                                                                               recognised that globally, the traditional style and elements of
    The integrated Master Plan has been produced by a
    multidisciplinary team in collaboration with JCU Facilities
                                                                               “downtown development” are no longer as attractive to the
                                                                               creative professionals, artists and the young single lifestyle
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    Management Office, CRI + HASSELL and Maunsell AECOM.
                                                                               cohorts that these areas are trying to target. Instead, these
    JCU Facilities Management Office - initial concept, project                audiences are seeking places that offer “smaller-scale, quality-
    scoping, review and direction                                              of-life amenities as well as a vibrant street life (typified by cafés,
    CRI - property advice, property development and project                    restaurants, music venues, art galleries), top-notch university
    management.                                                                and research facilities and live-work spaces”.
    HASSELL - town planning, urban design, landscape                           Drawing upon the collective thinking of Richard Florida, Joel
    architecture, and architecture.                                            Kotkin, Edward Glaeser and Bill Bishop inter alia, the Morrison
                                                                               Institute has identified a set of six prevailing characteristics
    Maunsell AECOM - civil, traffic, environmental and water                   that commonly underpin successful and highly valued creative
    engineering.                                                               places in the 21st Century.
                                                                               These characteristics are defined as:
1.4 Methodology                                                           1.   a quality natural environment;
    The project methodology includes the following four key phases:       2.   distinctive urban amenities, particularly “peculiar attributes” that
                                                                               are “difficult to duplicate and which cater to highly educated
    Phase 1 : Situation Analysis                                               people”;
    Phase 2 : Options Development                                         3.   choice, responding to a range of lifestyle preferences;
    Phase 3 : Master Plan Documentation                                   4.   smart and innovative with greater cultural capacity and
    Phase 4 : Project Implementation                                           “institutional thickness” (or presence of cultural and education
                                                                               institutions);
                                                                          5.   “hipness”, tolerance and an entrepreneurial culture; and
1.5 The New Realities of Successful Places                                6.   easily accessible with a range of transport options and good
    Places differ considerably in their ability to attract and retain          local amenities and services.
    talented and skilled people and therefore compete at a local,              In other words, there is an emerging market opportunity world-
    regional, national and international level. There is a growing             wide for a different kind of live-work environment. This will
    acceptance that today’s choices about the places where people              necessitate changes to the well established approaches to inner
    wish to live, study or work are no longer driven simply by                 city developments. The challenge is how to translate this into
    the conventional lifestyle elements of location, amenity and               the master plan for James Cook University.
    environment. Instead, it is the emerging attributes of opportunity,
    innovation, creativity, authenticity and entrepreneurship that are
    increasingly more powerful attractors.
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                    2    THE PROJECT PARTICIPANTS                                                    — The University has the major responsibility in its very large
                                                                                                       catchment area for the teaching of a broad range of disciplines, and
                                                                                                                                                                                      UV aims to enrich the experience of students at JCU and thereby
                                                                                                                                                                                      foster strong attachments to the university which will persist
                                                                                                       it will continue to determine the breadth of its coverage according to         throughout their lives. The special place envisaged by UV will
                                                                                                       strategic decisions informed by changing society demands and the               encourage former students to return from time to time for spiritual
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                    2.1 James Cook University                                                          resources available.                                                           renewal and possibly to undertake further studies. As such, the
          02              James Cook University (JCU) is Australia’s leading tropical
                          research university.
                                                                                                     — Through its strategic commitment to internationalisation, JCU
                                                                                                       is becoming a major provider of higher education to overseas
                                                                                                                                                                                      contribution of the university community is important to the design
                                                                                                                                                                                      process.
                          It is a multi-campus university with the main sites located in the           students, not only by bringing students from other countries to                The secondary stakeholders have been identified as including the
                          vibrant tropical Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns. Smaller         study at its campuses and study centres in Australia, but also                 following.
                          sites are located in Mount Isa, Mackay and Thursday Island.                  by teaching in offshore centres in partnership with in-country             —   Australia Post
                                                                                                       institutions.                                                              —   Catholic Education Office
                          JCU offers courses in a broad range of study areas and has a strong
                          research focus, particularly in matters relating to life in the tropics.                                                                                —   CETD, c/- Department Public Works
                          Some of the features that individually distinguish James Cook                                                                                           —   CSIRO
                          University and that help to define its unique combination of
                                                                                                     2.2 Stakeholders                                                             —   Department of Defence
                          strengths, responsibilities, and challenges are as follows.                    The delivery of the vision for the JCU University Village has involved   —   Department of Education, Science and Training
                                                                                                         contributions from primary and secondary stakeholders. The               —   Department of Transport
                     — JCU is a multi-campus, medium-sized Australian regional
                                                                                                         primary stakeholder group is the JCU community, comprising               —   Department of Natural Resources & Mines
                       university with a broad curriculum and a very strong research focus.
                                                                                                         students and academic and general staff. Students are the
                     — It is one of the most successful research universities in regional                most significant group and includes past and future students.            —   Department of Public Works
                       Australia, and receives high levels of international recognition                  Consultation with primary and secondary stakeholders was                 —   Department of State Development and Innovation
                       for a number of its areas of research. It also has a relatively high              conducted via workshops and regular meetings.                            —   Education Queensland
                       proportion of research students.                                                                                                                           —   Environmental Protection Authority
                                                                                                       The workshops were:
                     — JCU plays a major part in the enhancement of the intellectual                 — Launch Pad Workshop - 16 November 2005;                                    —   Ergon Energy
                       capital of the region. It is the region’s premier provider of                                                                                              —   Thuringowa City Council
                                                                                                     — Design Workshop - 7 & 8 December 2005; and
                       professional graduates, most of whom choose to practice and work                                                                                           —   Townsville Chamber of Commerce Inc
                       in the region.                                                                — Second Design Workshop - 19 April 2006.
                                                                                                                                                                                  —   Townsville City Council
                     — A significant number of JCU students are amongst the first                        The University Village Advisory Group (UVAG) was formed to               —   Townsville Enterprise
                       generation of their families to have gained access to university                  provide a forum for ideas development, airing of concerns,               —   Townsville Health Service District
                       education. JCU also has a high proportion of indigenous students                  preliminary testing of concepts and for review of UV plans at a          —   Adjoining landowners
                       and is particularly alert to the need to enhance cultural and                     more detailed level than is possible at the design workshops.
                       intellectual understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous                  Membership comprises academic and general staff, post graduate,
                       Australians.                                                                      undergraduate and international students from all faculties and
                                                                                                         divisions. UVAG conducted regular meetings facilitated by the JCU
                                                                                                         Facilities Management Office as well as discussion via an email
                                                                                                         discussion group. Through a feedback process, the input of UVAG
                                                                                                         has modified the master plan as it was developed.
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2.3 Priority Objectives                                                   Sustainability
     James Cook University’s seven priority objectives are:               To ensure that the current operations of James Cook University
                                                                          embed sustainability into its financial, environmental, social/
     Reputation
                                                                          cultural, and governance policies and practices.                                                                                         SECTION
     To sustain and promote the position of James Cook University as
     a university of international standing, committed to excellence in
     teaching, research and scholarship, and with a clear tropical and
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     regional focus.
     Participation
     To secure a level of funded places for JCU which responds
     to and reflects the needs of the region, and to promote and
     facilitate the participation of those relatively under-represented
     in higher education, especially indigenous people.
     Engagement
                                                                                                                                            Research                               Graduation
     To continue the process of engagement with its region so
     that the University is increasingly an integral and inseparable
     element of the economic, cultural and intellectual life of
     northern Queensland.
     Internationalisation
     To reflect the increasingly globalised nature of society and
     international competitiveness by developing the international
     dimensions of the University’s teaching, learning, research, and
     culture.
     Consolidation
     To develop the full potential of the Cairns and Townsville
     campuses within a unified James Cook University identity,
     and to foster in its outreach sites an increasing sense of being
     integral parts of the JCU community.
     Integration
                                                                          Design Workshop - December 2005                                   JCU landscaped linkages between facilities   JCU student noticeboard
     To foster an organisational environment which supports and
     values the work of all members of the University community as
     it seeks to achieve its shared goals.

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                    3      JCU VISION                                                                  There will also be an opportunity for a commercial precinct which
                                                                                                       has strong research links to the University.
                                                                                                                                                                               To a large degree this can be achieved through removal of physical
                                                                                                                                                                               barriers and inserting commercial, artistic and residential activity
                                                                                                       Consolidation                                                           in and around the campus however UV will also have a community
                           At present JCU Douglas Campus is very much an institutional facility                                                                                development component. UV will foster community networking
                           with almost no life outside of standard teaching times, and lacking at      UV will enable consolidation of JCU Townsville academic activity to     between the university and commerce, industry, the arts, service
                           times the balance necessary to create a vibrant, living village.            within the main campus.                                                 organisations and the like. Accidental and informal conversations
                           The project intent for the University Village is to create a physical       Amenities                                                               between these groups and across disciplines will generate
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                           environment which has, among its target audiences, both immediate           UV will provide opportunity for an upgrade to civil infrastructure      opportunity for new and unexpected initiatives towards JCU’s

          03               and lasting associations with JCU as:                                       such as roads, pedestrian and cycle linkages, utilities and parkland.   mission.

                     i)    a tropical university of the first rank;                                    Sustainable Development
                     ii)   having a vibrant academic, social, artistic and commercial life;            UV has the makings of an exemplar of sustainable development
                     iii) being an exemplar of sustainable development; and                            in the tropics. In association with JCU’s Centre for Tropical Urban
                                                                                                       and Regional Planning (CTURP), UV can be a living laboratory for
                     iv) being of the community rather than apart from it;                             sustainable tropical urban living and JCU can adopt a position of
                           such that JCU Douglas becomes a mini university town. Such a                leadership in the field. UV could also be adopted as a flagship
                           campus would support and promote JCU in its drive to become a               project for the Centre of Excellence in Tropical Design, which was
                           world-class tropical university.                                            established in Townsville as an initiative under the 2004 Year of the
                                                                                                       Built Environment.
                                                                                                       University Village will be beneficial for Townsville and Thuringowa.
                    3.1 Elements of the University Village                                             All of the above will take place in developments sympathetic to the
                           JCU envisages that the University Village will have the following           environment and bushland setting of the campus.
                           elements.                                                                   Community
                           Residential                                                                 UV has the means to enrich the JCU community and to build links
                           There will be a residential precinct with a variety of residential styles   with the broader Townsville/ Thuringowa community. It will change
                           for the University community. Academics, support staff and students         the campus from an isolated place of learning into an accessible
                           will be able to live with their families within walking distance of their   and welcoming place, firmly embedded in the community. UV
                           places of study or work.                                                    envisages surrounding residents participating in university life as
                                                                                                       lecturers, tutors or general staff and as consumers of university
                           Commercial
                                                                                                       programs and events, all living the notion of life long education. In
                           Cafes, meeting places, convenience stores and bars will be at key           this manner the university will enrich the lives of the community and
                           locations generating life and places for people to meet, socialise,         the community will add life to the university.
                           exchange news and ideas and, in general, build a solid social base
                           for the University community. Sporting facilities, conference and
                           hotel facilities also appeal as adding to the social and academic
                           fabric of the University.                                                                                                                                                   Humanities 2 - Administration
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                                    JCU’s Mission
       James Cook University will advance the economic, social, cultural, intellectual and
environmental well-being of tropical Queensland, the nation, and the world by delivering world-
class education and research outcomes across the range of disciplines, with particular emphasis
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on subjects of special relevance to the tropics and its locations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific
                                                                                                      Integrated and connected community
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                                              region.



                                                                                                                                                Tropical vegetation


                                        JCU’s Vision
To be acknowledged by 2010 as one of the top five universities of the world, enhancing life in the
                            tropics through education and research.

                                                                                                      School of Medicine: Anton Breinl Centre   Research




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                    4   THE CONTEXT                                                            — a Regional Structure Plan that identifies the preferred nature and
                                                                                                 distribution of major land uses and activities in the region. The
                                                                                                                                                                             Amongst other recommendations, the TTIRTP provides for:
                                                                                                                                                                         — extension of the Douglas Arterial Road to Deeragun, via Condon, to
                                                                                                 Regional Structure Plan also includes a preferred broad sequence          form a Townsville ring road (new bridge over Ross River recently
                        The JCU Townsville campus is located within a natural landscape          of development for the region to guide the planning and investment        completed); and
                        at the bottom of a series of foothills associated with Mount Stuart,     activities of government agencies and the private sector; and
                        approximately nine kilometres to the south-west of Townsville                                                                                    — designation of future high-capacity public transport corridors, to
                                                                                               — proposed arrangements for the implementation, monitoring and              service anticipated population growth beyond 2015, including future
                        central business district.                                                                .
                                                                                                 review of the TTSP                                                        linkage to longer-term growth areas at Rocky Springs and Mount
                                                                                                                                                                           Low/ Burdell.
                                                                                                   Implications for JCU
                        Townsville-Thuringowa Strategy Plan
                                                                                                   The TTSP designates:                                                      Implications for JCU
          SECTION       The Townsville–Thuringowa Strategy Plan (TTSP) is the product of
                        a regional planning exercise undertaken cooperatively between the      — recognition of the scenic rim, incorporating Mount Stuart; and              The ring road will improve public access (including cycle) between
          04            Queensland Government, Townsville City Council and Thuringowa
                        City Council, with the involvement of key community interest
                                                                                               — the existing urban area as the primary focus for future growth in the
                                                                                                 region – including consolidating development at existing centres to
                                                                                                                                                                             Thuringowa Central, the Townsville Hospital and JCU.

                        groups. It forms part of the State Government’s wider regional           encourage more efficient use of existing infrastructure.
                        planning program for significant growth areas in Queensland.               University Village will contribute towards these objectives.              Regional Summary
                        The TTSP region comprises the two local government areas of                                                                                          The Regional Analysis Map (over) summarises key regional issues
                        Townsville City and Thuringowa City.                                                                                                                 affecting the potential location of JCU facilities.
                        The TTSP has been endorsed by both State and Local governments             Townsville-Thuringowa Integrated Regional
                        as a guiding framework and resource document for the cooperative
                        management of population growth and economic, environmental                Transport Plan
                        and social issues in the Townsville–Thuringowa region.                     The Townsville-Thuringowa Integrated Regional Transport Plan
                        The principal components of the TTSP are:                                  (TTIRTP) - prepared by Queensland Transport, Department of
                                                                                                   Main Roads, Townsville City Council and Thuringowa City Council
                    — a Regional Overview describing the characteristics and key issues            - advances the recommendations of the TTSP in respect of
                      and values in the region;                                                    establishing and supporting Townsville and Thuringowa’s current
                    — a Vision for the region;                                                     and future transport needs. A key emphasis of the TTIRTP is the
                                                                                                   integration of land use, transport and community and government
                    — a set of Regional Planning Policies comprising goals, principles,
                                                                                                   needs to produce an overall framework for the future.
                      priority actions and responsible agencies to guide planning and
                      decision making on key regional issues;




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                     5   SITE ANALYSIS

                     5.1 Site Location
                         The JCU Townsville campus is located within a natural bushland
                         setting at the bottom of a series of foothills on the edge of town,
                         approximately three kilometres to the south-west of the Aitkenvale
                         central business district. Most campus buildings are designed to
                         blend in with the natural environment.
                         Major land uses surrounding the campus include Lavarack Barracks
                         (the Department of Defence), to the south and east, and Townsville
                         Hospital to the north. There are residential uses, including
           SECTION       ‘traditional residential’ and ‘neighbourhood residential’, located
                         north-west of the campus.
           05            New residential development has been occurring to the north and
                         west of the site.
                         Mount Stuart has a significant role in JCU’s contextual landscape. It
                         also forms part of the natural southern rim to the University.




                          From JCU towards Townsville CBD.
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5.2 Site Context
    The 381ha campus is located off the Bruce Highway south of the
    regional Townsville Hospital. Views and vistas of Mount Stuart
    lay to the south/ west/ east of the campus.
    The majority of existing educational facilities are situated along
    and within James Cook Drive. The University Hall adjacent to the
    Student Mall and freehold colleges: John Flynn, St. Mark’s, St.
    Raphael’s, and St Paul’s Colleges, is a major activity node within
    the campus. Land to the east of University Creek is used for
    veterinary and agricultural teaching and experimentation.
    The Western Campus includes a small educational facility for the
    Schools of Education and Humanities, and approximately 20ha
    of sports fields, including a swimming pool, oval, football fields,
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    tennis courts, and squash courts.
    ‘Riverside Gardens’, a 207ha residential development along
    Ross River, is located immediately north-west of the campus
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    across Angus Smith Drive. Earthworks are currently being
    prepared for Riverside Ridge, a new residential estate to the west
    of the campus.
    The Townsville Hospital incorporates the Townsville General
    Hospital and Kirwan Hospital for Women. It offers world-class
    healthcare services in a state of the art healthcare facility. It is
    the largest regional hospital in provincial Australia and supports
    the local community (Townsville and Thuringowa regions) as
    well as people in the north to Thursday Island and Papua New
    Guinea, west to Mount Isa and south to Sarina.
    A significant proportion of the campus’ property boundaries are
    shared with Lavarack Barracks. Lavarack Barracks is the home
    of the regular army’s Third Brigade, plus support and logistics
    units. More than 4,000 soldiers serve in Lavarack, most of them
    with the Brigade.




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                     5.3 1964 Master Plan
                          The 1964 Master Plan created the physical framework for the
                          potential growth of University for Northern Queensland, which was
                          the former name for James Cook University.
                          The Master Plan of University College of Townsville/ University for
                          Northern Queensland Master Plan 1964 set strong geographical
                          axes, which outlined the road network, building orientation, and
                          significant vista. The three major axes: Panoramic Axis through
                          Magnetic Island; Mount Stuart Axis; and Axis Through Natural
                          Amphitheatre in Hills underpinned the concept of the university
                          layout.
                          There are several principles outlined by the Master Plan document
                          in Layout; Buildings, and Landscape including the following.
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                      — The main academic group is encircled by a peripheral road and will
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                        series of inner spaces or courts.
                      — The separation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic on the campus.
                      — Pedestrian ways extend throughout the length of the campus;
                        parallel lines of communication connect car parks and academic
                        precincts, and provide a criss-cross pattern of pedestrian and
                        bicycle tracks.
                      — The Great Hall and the Main Library are symbolic in nature and are in
                        the geographical central positions.
                      — Buildings are to be designed to ensure comfort in tropical
                        conditions and to be in character with the site.
                      — All pedestrian walks should be shaded and clear space provided
                        under buildings.
                      — Landscaping should be used liberally to serve a dual purpose
                        of providing shade and enhancing the setting/ definition for the
                        University.
                      — The axes of the layout form approximately an equilateral triangle and
                        create vistas which capitalise on the natural views in the surrounding
                        landscape.
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5.4 Land Ownership
     The majority of the campus is held in freehold title by the
     University. The exceptions are the three colleges:
 — John Flynn;
 — St Mark’s College; and
 — St Raphael’s College/ St Paul’s College.




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                     5.5 Topography
                         The site has a strong undulating landform character with several
                         minor gully lines falling to natural creeks through to the north
                         Ross River through Annandale Botanic Gardens and Palmetum
                         Park.
                         There are two main waterways traversing the campus: east of
                         the ring road from south-east to north and south-west to north-
                         east crossing the ring road.
                         University Creek is the largest and least altered tributary
                         entering the lower reaches of Ross River and is a significant
                         corridor for land and water bound species. University Creek
                         provides a natural habitat for the spawning and growth of
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                         numerous native fish species. The upper (southern) section of
                         the eastern arm of the creek to the east of the campus ring road

           05            and further upstream between the tributaries, is considered to
                         be of significance due to its unaltered state. The western arm is
                         not considered to be as valuable due to altered hydrology as a
                         consequence of creek diversion and channelisation.
                         The JCU campus is a basin bounded by the mountains. The
                         south-west and south-east sides of the campus comprise
                         hillside slopes exceeding grades of 1 in 10 towards the campus
                         boundary.
                         The accompanying plan has been prepared using contour data
                         available at the time. Ground truthing suggests that the slope
                         in the southern part of the site may be exaggerated. Therefore a
                         detailed site survey is required to confirm slope.




                          Along the southern boundary of the JCU site
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5.6 Regional Ecosystem
    Regional ecosystem mapping by the Environmental Protection
    Agency is a descriptive database inclusive of regional
    ecosystems recognised since 1999.
    The regional ecosystem overlays illustrated on the
    accompanying map suggest that the ecosystems within and
    adjoining the site are ‘Not of Concern’.
    A regional ecosystem is listed as ‘Not of Concern’ under the
    Vegetation Management Act 1999 if:
    Remnant vegetation is over 30 per cent of its preclearing extent
    across the bioregion, and the remnant area is greater than
    10,000 hectares.
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    and geological conditions. The ‘species’ column describes for
    the ecosystems within the site are predominately Melaleuca,
    Corymbia and Eucalyptus species.
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    Creek to the east of the James Cook Drive                                    15
                     5.7 Movement
                         The original planning of the University located the main
                         entrance of the campus at Angus Smith Drive/ Joseph Banks
                         Road, which is at the north-east corner of the campus.
                         Following the construction of Townsville Hospital, James
                         Cook Drive was linked to the Bruce Highway and to Townsville
                         Hospital via two roundabouts.
                         The secondary entrance roads are Discovery Road, from the
                         Bruce Highway at the north-east of the campus, and Parkinson
                         Road, from the Angus Smith Drive at the north-west of the
                         Western Campus.


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           05            The two major arterial roads connected to the University are
                         Angus Smith Drive at the north-west and University Road
                         (Bruce Highway) at the north-east .
                         James Cook Drive is an internal ring road and functions as the
                         major collector/ distributor of campus traffic.
                         Various short lengths of road provide access directly to
                         buildings and carparks. All roads within the University are
                         currently owned and maintained by the University.
                         The mobility network within the campus is dominated by
                         vehicle movements, including internal trips within the
                         campus. The pedestrian and bicycle routes through the
                         campus are not well defined.
                         A separate bicycle path is located at the main entrance to
                         the University and directs bicycles generally towards the
                         Humanities cluster.
                         Elsewhere, cyclists and motorists share road space. A
                         developed bike path system may be able to attract more
                         cyclists.


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                                                                          — Identification and documentation of aboriginal groups with
                                                                            traditional custodianship of the land and in consultation with
5.9 Public Transport                                                        those groups, identify representatives who can assist in the
     Sunbus operates a regular 30 minute public bus service to              assessment of places of significance including archaeological
     James Cook University at the bus stops identified on the               sites, natural sites and story sites;
     accompanying mobility plan.                                          — Develop a plan of consultation in which:
     The versatility and scope of public transport could be improved.         i)   representatives of indigenous communities can be informed
     Currently buses are the only public transport option. The bus                 of the University Village development and feedback can be
     service operates more than 60 buses through JCU per day. Bus                  obtained; and
     patronage is generally low, averaging five persons per trip, with        ii) a communication arrangement is set up to enable dialogue
     the cost of fares indicated as the major impediment to greater               between JCU and indigenous communities as the project
     utilisation.                                                                 proceeds.
                                                                          — Conduct an archaeological investigation over land subject to         SECTION
                                                                            development to identify the location of culturally significant
5.10 Parking
     Approximately 3,600 car parking spaces, both sealed and
                                                                            sites likely to be impacted by the University Village development
                                                                            including:                                                           05
     unsealed, are located around the University, providing both              i)   stone artefact scatters;
     “Permit” and free parking. Parking surveys have indicated a high
     utilisation profile in some areas with any complaints usually            ii) culturally significant vegetation; and
     relating to the distance to be walked.                                   iii) archaeological sites, natural sites, story sites etc.
                                                                          — Develop means of mitigating any negative impacts on cultural
                                                                            heritage values and enhancing positive impacts; and
5.11 Cultural Heritage
                                                                          — Identify opportunities in this regard such as naming
     Cultural heritage on the site is not well documented. JCU              conventions, interpretive signs, incorporation of food plants into
     wishes to acknowledge and promulgate indigenous cultural               the landscape design and so on. Such opportunities are to be
     heritage values in the University Village development and an           documented for consideration by JCU.
     early implementation task will be to undertake a cultural heritage
     survey. Key elements will be as follows.
 — Research of existing documentation of prior work into the
   cultural heritage of the affected areas and more generally to
   surrounding areas to establish the regional context of indigenous
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                     5.12 Potential Developable Land
                         The University campus is bounded by the Lavarack Barracks to the
                         south and east, and Angus Smith Drive to the north. A total of 95ha
                         of land is between RL.65 and the highest extent of the site. There is
                         also 121.6ha of land used for JCU educational purposes; 9.6ha for
                         sports field; 10.5ha of freehold colleges; 8.5ha of the creeks; and
                         205ha of potential developable land.
                         There are several different conditions of the potential developable
                         land. The accompanying plan categorises the potential developable
                         land into three levels: high; medium; and least constrained
                         area. These levels are based on physical constraints. The highly
                         constrained developable areas (54.1ha) are situated above RL 100.
                         The medium constrained developable areas (46.8ha), have some
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                         facilities and structures, including existing sports fields and the
                         day care centre. The least constrained developable areas (130.1ha)
           05            have a limited number of buildings that can be built around or
                         demolished, e.g. Western Campus, as the cost of refurbishing or
                         upgrading is prohibitive.




                          View south from Western Campus towards the adjacent residential development

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5.13 Existing Infrastructure and Services                                   On the Western Campus, the University again controls the sewer
                                                                            reticulation system, up to a Townsville City Council pump station
     At the time of its initial development, the Douglas Campus             located adjacent to the end of Joseph Banks Avenue. The Pump
     was relatively isolated from the balance of Townsville and the         Station pumps its sewerage to the same manhole at the start of
     development of much of its infrastructure since that time has          the south western trunk sewer.
     generally been independent of the major service providers.
                                                                            This TCC manhole also receives flow from the Riverside Ridge
a)   Water Supply                                                           and Riverside Gardens developments. It is likely that the
     The existing water supply network to the eastern campus                capacity of this system to accept a major increase in flows due
     comprises 100mm to 250mm diameter reticulation mains fed               to University Village is limited.
     from a booster pump station located adjacent to Angus Smith       c)   Stormwater Drainage
     Drive. While the booster pump previously pumped water from
     the 300mm Townsville City Council (TCC) water main to both             The site slopes generally from south to north with a number
     a 1.55ML balance reservoir and the reticulation mains, the             of existing streams including University Creek. Previous
     reservoir is now off-line.                                             development has already re-routed one major creek. While the
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                                                                            lower end of University Creek has been severely modified over
     The water supply booster pump station has been set up to
     provide a pressurised system utilising variable speed drive
     pumps. The installation has been designed to allow future
                                                                            the last 30 years, moves are underway to improve the aquatic
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                                                                            valuable native environmental creek lines.
     augmentation to an output pressure of 90 metres, which will
     allow development to higher areas to the south.                        Existing stormwater pipe drainage has been located to suit
                                                                            existing stormwater paths and generally discharging into these
     All water supply assets including the booster pump station are         creeks. No end of pipe pollution devices are currently installed.
     owned and maintained by the University.
                                                                            All stormwater assets on the University are currently owned and
b)   Sewerage                                                               maintained by the University.
     The University is primarily gravity sewered by a reticulation     d)   Electrical
     network of pipes, following the natural fall of the ground from
     south to north. On the eastern side of the site, the pipes             A large ERGON electrical substation is located to the Northern
     converge at a TCC manhole which is the start of its south              edge of the University site. Currently the University receives its
     western trunk sewer, which is located at the northern edge of          power supply directly from this substation and then distributes
     the James Cook Drive. The sewer reticulation system serving            high voltage power throughout the University through its own
     this entire eastern campus area is owned and maintained by the         high voltage distribution network. Low voltage power is then
     University.                                                            obtained from a number of smaller transformers around the site.
                                                                            All electrical assets on the University are currently owned and
                                                                            maintained by the University.



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                     5.14 Site Attributes and Opportunities                                            5.14.3      Slope and Drainage
                          Site Attributes                                                              The campus has the following physical site characteristics;
                          The characteristics of the JCU Douglus Campus are described              — Steep Land, approximate 120ha of land is over 1:10; and
                          below.                                                                   — Natural drainage corridors should be retained;
                          5.14.1      Width of James Cook Drive
                          James Cook Drive is the main ring road of the campus and is 30m
                          in width for the majority of its length. The width of the ring road
                          results in a lack of enclosure and subsequently reduces the sense of
                          activity and vitality of the space.                                                                                                                Students walking towards the University Administration precinct - poor internal
                                                                                                                                                                             linkage



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                                                                                                       Steep sloping parts of the site
                         View south-west along James Cook Drive
                                                                                                                                                                             Veterinary Science Building - inactive building frontage
                          5.14.2      Poorly Defined Spaces                                            5.14.4      Built Form
                          Existing buildings do not address the ring road and therefore creates        Ageing educational facilities and poorly integrated built form have
                          inactive edges. There is an opportunity to increase spatial definition       resulted in an illegible campus. There is an opportunity to create
                          along streets, roads and spaces between the buildings to provide an          more active spaces which will generate a greater sense of place and
                          identifiable gateway and active ‘spine‘ to the university.                   legibility for the campus.


                                                                                                       5.14.5      Connectivity
                                                                                                       Poor internal linkages and quality of open space have resulted in
                                                                                                       the segregation of the campus. There is an opportunity to provide
                                                                                                       linkages with shade and better define spaces. These measures will
                                                                                                       enhance integration across the campus.

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                         Opportunities                                                           5.14.8      Movement                                                    5.14.10 Site Attributes
                         The opportunities associated with the development of the site are       Movement corridors adjacent to built form present an opportunity        The site and its surrounds presents a number of intrinsic resources.
                         described below.                                                        to significantly improve connectivity. East-west corridor alignment     An amphitheatre setting, natural watercourses, visual connections
                                                                                                 allows north-south building orientation.                                to Magnetic Island, connections to transport corridors and
                         5.14.6       Improve James Cook Drive Streetscape
                                                                                                                                                                         opportunities for panoramic views are potential valuable site
                         An opportunity exists for a coordinated, high-quality approach to the                                                                           attributes.
                         streetscape treatment along James Cook Drive. These would need to
                         address pedestrian and cyclist routes along the main road.                                                                                      5.14.11 Context
                                                                                                                                                                         The site is set in a context whereby adjoining sites are adding value
                         5.14.7       Active Street Uses
                                                                                                                                                                         to the University. Townsville Hospital and the Australian Technical
                         Opportunities exist for the introduction of a mixture of uses to                                                                                College are both advancing the knowledge hub, focusing on JCU.
                         promote sensitive integration between retail, commercial, residential
                         and entertainment with educational uses.                                                                                                        Riverside Gardens and Riverside Ridge, both residential projects,
                                                                                                                                                                         are creating a catchment for the University.
                                                                                                 Defined spaces between the buildings at Medical School courtyard
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                                                                                                                                                                         JCU is in a position to capitalise on the opportunities presented by

           05                                                                                    5.14.9      University Heart                                            the adjoining land uses.
                                                                                                 The University currently lacks a strong physical meeting point. Both    5.14.12 Natural Environment
                                                                                                 the Library and the Refectory act as nodes, without a strong sense of   The natural environment is a dry tropical landscape which is valued
                                                                                                 ‘campus identity’. There is an opportunity to create a ‘sacred space’   by the JCU community. The landscape includes creek corridors
                                                                                                 or ceremonial heart.                                                    which offer a contrasting experience to the balance of the campus.
                                                                                                                                                                         An opportunity exists to blend the natural environment into the
                                                                                                                                                                         master plan with many consequential benefits.




                         Active street frontage at James Street precinct, Brisbane




                                                                                                                                                                         Natural Environment - creek to the east of James Cook Drive
                                                                                                 Academic Centre - the library at JCU Townsville
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                     6    The Development Brief                                                                                     6.1.1          Population Growth                                                                                6.1.2     Age Profile
                                                                                                                                    The population of regional Townsville currently stands at 157,000                                               The number of children and young people between the ages of 5-19
                                                                                                                                    with approximately 100,000 people residing within the Townsville                                                years have increased in Townsville between 1996 and 2001. This
                          This section outlines the current property market in Townsville and                                       City Council local government area and the balance of the                                                       reflects the movement of families into Townsville, and particularly
                          identifies potential opportunities in the broader market which may                                        population within the City of Thuringowa.                                                                       to the new residential areas which have been developed since the
                          be appropriate for the Douglas Campus of James Cook University                                            Between 1996 and 2001 Census the regional population of                                                         1996 Census.
                          having regard to:                                                                                         Townsville grew from 132,667 people to 145,879 people. This                                                     The current Townsville Region population continues to be younger
                      — Demographics;                                                                                               represented a 10.0% increase over the 5 year period.                                                            than for Queensland and Australia, with 62.0% being aged less
                                                                                                                                    It has been estimated that Townsville’s regional population will                                                than 40 years compared with 56.8% for Queensland and 56.6% for
                      — Key industries;                                                                                                                                                                                                             Australia. A total of 9.3% of the Townsville Region’s population is
                                                                                                                                    increase at a rate of 8.7% until the year 2011 when a population of
                      — Economic strength; and                                                                                      174,000 is forecast.                                                                                            aged 65 years and over, compared with 12.4% in Queensland and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    12.6% in Australia.
                      — Property Market.                                                                                            These projections are based on a consistent annual growth rate of
                                                                                                                                    between 2% and 3% over the past 30 years.                                                                       6.1.3     Housing

                                                                                                                                    The following table outlines projected residential populations until                                            The latest Census data has revealed that 29.7% of housing is owned
                          The following table highlights the strength of the Townsville
                                                                                                                                    the year 2026.                                                                                                  with no debt, 34.8% is rented with 28.8% owned with debt. Due to
                          economy and the potential for further growth when compared with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the large public sector workforce and Defence Forces personnel the
                          the broader Queensland economy.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    proportion of home ownership.
                     6.1 Key Indicators                                                                                                                                          Projected Resident Population
                                                                                                                                                                                   Townsville & Thuringowa
                                                                                                                                                                            30 June 2006, 2011, 2016, 2021 and 2026
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6.1.4     Employment
                                                      Regional Economic Performance Indicators                                                                          Year              Low            Medium                          High       The rate of workforce participation has increased in the region
                                                                                                                                     Townsville                         2006            98,763            99,564                       100,544
                           Indicator                             Townsville                Thuringowa                Queensland                                         2011           103,048           105,230                       107,538      since 1986 across the areas of health, education, recreational
                           Population Growth                Strong 1.9%               Strong 3.1%                Strong 2.1%
                                                                                                                                                                        2016           105,979           110,241                       114,673      and community services. In recent times there have been
                                                                                                                                                                        2021           107,474           114,471                       121,897
                                                                                                                                                                        2026           108,537           118,653                       129,001
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    major increases in the number of people working in the mining
                           Building Approvals               Strong                    Strong                     Solid
                                                                                                                                     Thuringowa                         2006            60,098            60,586                        61,030      industry, retail, government services, defence forces and property/
                           Unemployment Dec 04              5.8%                      5%                         4.7%                                                   2011            67,738            69.003                        70,031      construction, particularly during the last Census period.
                                                                                                                                                                        2016            75,177            77,846                        80,234
                           Employment                       Skills shortages          Skills shortages           Skills shortages
                                                                                                                                                                        2021            82,333            86,928                        91,427      The 2001 Census indicated that the unemployment rates of
                           Economic Growth                  Excellent                 Excellent                  Strong                                                 2026            89,115            96,233                       103,441
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Townsville and Thuringowa areas were 8.8% and 8.0% respectively.
                           Major Industries                 Government,               Government,                Mining, Retail,     Excerpt from Population and Housing Fact Sheet, December 2003, Queensland Department of Local Government and
                                                            Defence,                  Defence, Health,           Finance, Tourism    Planning                                                                                                       Since then unemployment rates have declined significantly with
                                                            Education,
                                                            Refineries
                                                                                      Construction
                                                                                      Refineries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Townsville and Thuringowa recording unemployment rates of 5.8%
                                                                                                                                     Note The low and high series projections are intended to form upper and
                                                                                                                                          lower limits of potential population futures. It is possible that unforseen                               and 5% respectively in December 2004.
                           Economy                          Broad based               Broad based                Broad based
                                                                                                                                          events or factors not modelled in the projection methodology may
                           Housing Affordability            Excellent                 Excellent                  Weak                     occur. Currently, the Planning and Information Forecasting Unit (PIFU)
                                                                                                                                          recommended the use of the medium series, but this may be reviewed
                           Mortgage Affordability           Excellent                 Excellent                  Weak                     from time to time.

                           Colliers Report
                           Sources: OESR, DEWR, North Australia Economics, Northern Property Report, Townsville Economic Muster,
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    6.1.5     Economy                                                  6.2 JCU Academic and Research Activities/ Growth                           The following table summarises the current and future floor
    Townsville serves as the public sector administrative centre for       6.2.1     Overview                                                     space for the University:
    northern Queensland covering the areas of public administration,       The Douglas Campus currently has a student population of some
                                                                                                                                                                                           Current               2026
    education, defence, health and community services. This is due         10,600 enrolled students (7,500 Equivalent Full Time Student
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                                                                                                                                                   GFA (m )                                100,557            141,886
    to the presence of a major Defence Force base at Townsville, the       Load [EFTSL]). Based on forecast population growth, and                        2
                                                                                                                                                   UFA (m )                                 72,987            102,985
    new hospital and James Cook University serving some 10,600             considering historical trends, student numbers are likely to grow       No. of Students (EFTSL)                    7509              10596
    enrolled students including a new medical school which opened          to approximately 15,200 by 2026 (10600 EFTSL).
    in the year 2000.
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                                                                                                                                                   GFA per EFTSL (m )                          13.4               13.4
                                                                           Factors impacting on this growth will be the international student
    As a consequence of the population growth there has been flow          market, the courses offered by JCU and the competitiveness of          Buildings that could be demolished and replaced overtime,
    on economic growth in the personal services sector, sporting           JCU in the Higher Education sector over time.                          including the Western Campus will require the replacement
    and recreational activities.                                                                                                                  of 22,000 sqm of space, in addition to the increase in GFA
                                                                           It has been suggested that growth in numbers is occurring in the       identified in the table above.
    Tourism remains a strong aspect of the regional economy with           “non traditional” courses, such as those offered in the Medical,
    scope for further growth.                                              Health and Molecular Science Faculty. This will have implications      6.2.3       Student Accommodation
    New business registrations in the Townsville area have grown           for the type of space and facilities that will need to be developed.   There is currently provision for 1,470 beds on campus, in a
    from 317 registrations in 1999 to 1248 registrations in 2005,          6.2.2     Academic Core                                                mixture of University owned and operated facilities, and privately
    reflective of the strong business environment in Townsville.                                                                                  owned and operated colleges. A proportion of students also
                                                                           The Academic Core currently occupies approximately 57.9                occupy private rental market accommodation off site in the
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    The economy appears strong with expansion of mineral                   hectares of the total site, largely concentrated within and
    processing facilities, upgrading of defence facilities together
    with construction of new apartment buildings and residential
                                                                           adjacent to the Ring Road (excepting the Western Campus). It
                                                                           is characterised by low rise buildings spread over across a
                                                                                                                                                  Riverside Gardens development.
                                                                                                                                                  With the exception of George Roberts Hall and Rotary
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    estates to meet population growth.                                     significant area. This results in the need for students to drive       International House, the current facilities on site are all older
    Major development and infrastructure projects that have been           between classes.                                                       style, fully catered accommodation.
    completed or are in advanced planning include:                         The main Western Campus buildings originally formed the                The ability to provide for future additional demand for this kind
— $300m Railway Yards Redevelopment;                                       Townsville Teachers College which opened in 1969. In 1975 the          of accommodation will be heavily dependant upon the ability to
                                                                           college was granted advanced education status and changed its          attract interest from the private sector to participate. This could
— $171m Lavarack Barracks Upgrade (stage 4);
                                                                           name to the Townsville College of Advanced Education. In 1981          take the form of an expansion to an existing third party provider
— $100m Riverway Project;                                                  the Queensland Parliament enacted legislation to amalgamate the        or a Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT) scheme whereby the
— $400m QNI Nickel Refinery Expansion;                                     Townsville CAE and James Cook University which took effect on 1        private sector would construct, own and operate a facility on
                                                                           January 1982. The remoteness of Western Campus from the main           JCU land for an extended period of up to 40 years.
— $350m Gas pipeline and Base Load Power Station;
                                                                           core has limited interaction between disciplines, forces staff and     Experience of such schemes suggests that to be of interest in
— $48.5m Douglas Arterial Road (and Bridge);                               students to drive between lectures and in general militates against    the market it is likely that a minimum of 250 - 300 beds will
— $40m Cruise Ship Terminal as part of a $1b Waterfront                    the formation of a cohesive and lively campus. The existing            need to be included in the offering subject to detailed feasibility
  Redevelopment; and                                                       Western Campus buildings are in a less than satisfactory state and     modelling.
                                                                           as such a key objective of UV will be to relocate these academic
— $115m Ross River Dam Upgrade.                                            activities to within the ring road.
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                         In discussions with the existing operators it appears that the             6.2.5     Education                                                    6.3 Proposed Land Uses
                         current offering is attractive to first year students, but is less so in   Discussions held with private education providers and Education
                         subsequent years. New student housing should consider a range                                                                                         Any development proposal will need to build sufficient flexibility to
                                                                                                    Queensland suggest that an opportunity exists for the establishment        accommodate a range of uses across the site over time.
                         of product type to be attractive to all students. This should include      of a school on the campus in the medium term (5 years). The latter
                         self contained apartments up to 3 bedrooms and townhouse style             has interest in exploring the potential for a P-7 “teaching” school,       Recognising JCU’s project objectives, including securing ongoing
                         accommodation of 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms.                                      possibly with links to JCU. Given that there may be an opportunity         revenue streams from the project, the ability to generate income
                         6.2.4      Research                                                        for sharing of sporting facilities an area of 4 -6 hectares should         producing property is important. To this end the opportunities for
                                                                                                    be adequate. The siting of this use is not reliant upon main road          a range of uses are to be incorporated into University Village to
                         The mission identified in the JCU Research Strategic Plan seeks to                                                                                    respond to current market demand. These are outlined as follows.
                         focus research activities on areas of research strength and aligned        exposure and is entirely opportunistic. Its potential to generate
                         with the needs of the regional industries and communities in North         traffic peaks at pick-up and drop-off times would suggest that such        6.3.1     Residential
                         Queensland.                                                                a use be sited away from the Academic Core so that traffic conflicts       Whilst all markets in Townsville are strong, the residential market,
                                                                                                    with James Cook Drive are avoided/ minimised.                              particularly in relation to detached housing product is the strongest.
                         The Australian Tropical Sciences Innovation Precinct (ATSIP)
                         Building presents an immediate opportunity to establish a new              The Australian Technical College (ATC) has contracted to purchase          Accordingly the majority of non Academic Core land should be set
                         facility on the site and attract research partners to the Campus.          the south western portion of the existing CSIRO site from the              aside for residential subdivision as the location is well suited to
                                                                                                    Townsville City Council and construction is underway. Whilst not           detached housing lots, although there should be a range of lot sizes
                         Further consideration should be given to other centres of excellence       located within the campus, the establishment of the ATC on an              to attract various market segments. The natural topography of the
                         and their relationship to local industry. Such areas include metals        adjacent site will further contribute to the “learning hub” already        site at the southern end is well suited to residential. It also forms
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                         processing, port related activities as well as picking up on the           established in the locality.                                               an appropriate use at the interface with the adjoining residential
                         existing tropical and marine research activities.
           06            The success of establishing research activities including research
                                                                                                                                                                               development at the western boundary and around the existing
                                                                                                                                                                               colleges.
                         facilities in partnership with industry will be dependant on JCU’s                                                                                    Although the unit and medium density market is strong within the
                         ability to build a value proposition that will be attractive to the                                                                                   CBD of Townsville, the fringe location of the site does not lend
                         market and its ability to drive a strong commercialisation process.                                                                                   itself to the high rise style of development occurring in the CBD.
                                                                                                                                                                               However the development of medium density housing is considered
                                                                                                                                                                               fundamental to delivering the University Village concept as it will
                                                                                                                                                                               contribute to a broader mix of housing types and styles, drawing
                                                                                                                                                                               critical mass to JCU.
                                                                                                                                                                               Accordingly, to ensure the delivery of a broad mix of dwelling type
                                                                                                                                                                               areas within the residential precinct should be set aside for medium
                                                                                                                                                                               density housing. As a means of risk mitigation parts of this land
                                                                                                                                                                               parcel can be redesigned to accommodate residential subdivision
                                                                                                                                                                               should it become apparent that there is insufficient strength in the
                                                                                                                                                                               market to absorb significant medium density product.



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     In addition to standard residential market segments, UV offers       6.3.2     Commercial/ Retail Precinct                                6.3.3     Mixed Industry and Business Activities (MIBA)
     the opportunity to develop what is known as the ‘active adult’       A key element of the University Village proposal involves the        The frontage to Angus Smith Drive creates exposure
     market. This group is typically +45 years, mid to late career or     creation of a town centre and commercial precinct. This area         opportunities that can be capitalised upon by more employment
     retired and would value an association with a university. They       needs to provide sufficient land for the creation of a commercial    generation and commercial style uses.
     are less interested in lawn bawls and poker machines and more        heart for the University Village.
     interested in the arts and sciences and ‘3rd age’ learning and                                                                            Light industrial buildings should be low impact in nature
     would be responsive to the sustainability ethic embedded in          The early establishment of a retail centre is considered critical    and preferably be linked with University research or its
     UV. A number of Universities in the US have developed very           to creating the impetus for the development of the University        commercialisation.
     successful communities of ‘active adult’ which in addition to        Village. Given that there will not be an established residential
     financial benefits, offer substantial non-financial benefits, such   population within the Douglas Campus for some years the retail
     as:                                                                  centre should be established as close as possible to the entry
                                                                          to the site to leverage off the adjoining residential catchment
— increased campus diversity;                                             of Riverside Gardens and Riverside Ridge and the activity
— consumers of university programs, both formal study and                 generated by the Townsville Hospital.
  summer school type activity;                                            A neighbourhood shopping centre would include provision for a
— better asset utilisation;                                               2,000-2,500 sqm supermarket and 10-15 specialty shops. Land
— volunteer guest lecturers and tutors;                                   in the order of 2-2.5 hectares should be set aside for retail uses
                                                                          within a Main Street setting framed by a commercial area which                                                                       SECTION
— opportunities for research on the lifestyle and health aspects of       will feed off and complement the retail uses and also capitalise
  aging, housing management, and dining/ dietary sciences;
— career advice and networking opportunities stemming from
                                                                          on synergistic development opportunities and linkages with JCU
                                                                          and Townsville Hospital.
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  seniors’ professional contacts;                                         Accordingly the area set aside for commercial and retail use
— attractive housing option for retired and current staff;                should include sufficient space to accommodate a range of
                                                                          retail and commercial uses including a neighbourhood shopping
— positive effect on student behaviour stemming from presence of
                                                                          centre, hotel/ conference facilities, commercial office space,
  seniors; and
                                                                          petrol station, commercialised research and community uses
— increased audience for campus cultural events.                          including theatres, cinemas and child care centre.
     Feasibility work on the active adult market is recommended as
     UV is well suited to this market and the spin off benefits of a
     successful development are considerable.




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                     7   The Master Plan                                                               It will combine tradition with innovation; excellence with endeavour;
                                                                                                       the artist with the artisan; research with commerce; culture with
                                                                                                       business; peaceful with active; learning with knowledge.
                     7.1 Urban Vision and Principles                                                   A ceremonial core, formed by the library and other high quality
                                                                                                       buildings, will provide the heart for the university.
                         A vision comes from envisaging what could be unique about a
                         place. The vision for University Village will underpin the successful
                         market positioning of the project and the creation of a strong                Guiding Principles
                         community identity.                                                           A set of guiding principles has been established to underpin
                         The ambition and underlying project objectives have been                      the development vision, providing a base line against which all
                         synthesised and translated into a ‘vision statement’, which has               proposed elements of the development and supporting strategies
                         been further explored and defined through a series of positioning             can be assessed and their effectiveness measured.
                         statements.                                                                   Simply expressed they are:
                         The vision for the University Village is centred on the core elements     — demonstrating sustainability – outcomes that support the long
                         of learning, creativity, community and sustainability. Over time, the       term integration of environmental, social and economic issues;
                         University Village will become a vibrant, connected and creative city
                         community with a village atmosphere. The unique opportunity of            — exhibiting best practice – reflected at each stage of design,
                         the university, layered throughout the development, will create a rich      delivery, operation and use;
                         texture of learning, teaching and research environments.                  — delivering innovation and creativity – as a philosophy inherent                        Part of the City
                         Urban and integrated with nature, innovative, creative and energised,       in everything we do;
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                         the University Village will provide a platform for active engagement      — inclusiveness and collaboration – both in the approach and
           07            between education, the arts, business and residential communities,
                         and over time provide a significant point of difference for
                                                                                                     outcomes;
                                                                                                   — taking a leadership position – taking the market with us;
                                                                                                                                                                               Open - not an enclave - a great example of integrated
                                                                                                                                                                                               urban development.
                         Townsville/ Thuringowa.
                                                                                                   — creating synergy – individual projects exponentially add value to
                         The vision statement driving the University Village is:
                                                                                                     the whole;
                         James Cook University will become renowned for providing the best
                                                                                                   — building a community – not just developing a site; and
                         of two worlds – the university and the village.
                                                                                                   — celebrating nature – enhancing the natural environment of the
                         Experience within the University Village will be deliberately urbane,
                                                                                                     University.
                         providing the interface between community and the University.
                         All within a dry tropical landscape setting.
                         A project at the leading edge of sustainable design in the tropics,      7.2 Design Ideas
                         closely aligned with the Centre for Excellence in Tropical Design.
                                                                                                       The following ‘cap sheets’ represent potential design ideas for the
                         Interaction between the university and the village will be celebrated.        site.
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              An Urban Village                                  Attention to Detail - Design Quality                          Recreation and Open Space
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Urban identity with a human scale - a distinctive blend of
 tropical architecture, local parks and animated streets.
                                                                 The quality of design and attention to detail reflected
                                                                             throughout the public spaces.
                                                                                                                           A comprehensive and integrated network of recreational
                                                                                                                                    facilities and public open space.               07
Steal time for a coffee, visit the gallery, pick up the local    Natural materials, solid timbers, heritage references,     Meeting the recreation and leisure demands of urban
                           news.                                        open green spaces and shady places.                       living, and supporting campus lifestyle.

     Intimacy and scale, friendly people and social
 connections reinforce the concept of an ‘urban village’.




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                                    Street-side Cafes                                          Urban Gallery                                  Vibrant After Hours
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           07          A mixture of uses in the streets creating places people
                      want to visit and extending the invitation to stay a while.
                                                                                      Contemporary, engaging and stimulating.
                                                                                    Always excellent, but never elite or exclusive.
                                                                                                                                                 Always open and always on....
                                                                                                                                               .... not just a daytime experience.
                      Corner shops, cafe balconies offering a seat with a view      A public gallery....constantly changing, always   A different proposition after dark, a unique evening
                            for an important occasion or quiet reflection.                   appealing, open to everyone.                                  destination.
                      Great menus that cater for all desires - that special meal,                                                     Emerging as a new centre for art and culture, with a




                                                                                                                                                                                             HASSELL
                                     a quick coffee, a cheap feast.                                                                                    design edge.




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                     Creativity                                        Educational Excellence                                          Urbanhoods
                                                                                                                                                                           SECTION

Creativity - in its widest sense - is inherent in everything
we do; a value proposition for like-minded residents and
                                                               Village life offers learning opportunity to everyone, not
                                                                                      just students.
                                                                                                                           Urban density housing supports centres within
                                                                                                                                            Townsville.
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                        businesses.                                Residents, workers, employers and visitors have
                                                                 unrivalled access to comprehensive, relevant, and                 Provides diversity of housing.
Aligning with the Queensland Government’s progressive
               agenda for the Smart State.                                   accessible ‘learning’ services.
                                                                     Extended opportunities for individuals and
                                                                       businesses to maximise their potential.




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                             Public Realm Art Gallery                                           Shade                                    Safe Streets
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           07         The public realm is eye catching and rewarding through
                                       the use of public art.
                                                                               A shady environment offers relief from the sun.      Regarded as being a safe place.
                                                                                                                                 Kids are safe to walk the streets alone.




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                     G’day                                       Iconic Landmarks                                               Green Energy
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A connected and vibrant environment with opportunity   A key centre facility or building raises the sights for   Renewable energy resources powering the development.
          for public incidental interaction.                                 developers.
                                                                                                                                Prominent and public.




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                                    Business Engine                                           Market Fair                                Employment Opportunities
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                           Physically accessible and visually prominant.      Markets entice locals and visitors with colour, music,
                                                                              smell and a vital urban experience, creating a vibrant
                                                                                                                                       A variety of employment opportunities are available
                                                                                                                                        through recreation, community, retail, health and
                         Contributes to self containment for Townsville and                  community and identity.                                   education facilities.
                                   provides jobs for the region.




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       Connected Globally                          Public Transport Commitment                         Why drive when you can walk?
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The latest technology ensures residents can stay
     connected with the global community.
                                                     Fast, efficient and frequent public transport.
                                                    The individual is empowered through flexibility.
                                                                                                       A community planned with walkable catchments around
                                                                                                                   centres, schools and parks.               07
                                                                                                          Wide, tree shaded footpaths and active building
                                                                                                          frontages make a safe environment for walking.




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                                       Green Streets                                    Urban Yet Natural
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           07            Local native vegetation is used for landscaping the
                                            public realm.
                                                                               The urban setting is seamlessly integrated into the
                                                                                              natural environment.                   .

                                 Reduces maintenance and irrigation .            This maintains a connection to the land while
                                                                                         contributing to local identity.
                                        Attracts native wildlife.




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          Community Hub and                                   Schools as Community Engines                                    Knowledge Workers
            Learning Centre
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A centre for community inspiration and practical learning.   The early development of a high quality school generates
                                                                community building while catering to family needs.
                                                                                                                        Capture the demand for a knowledge precinct in
                                                                                                                                         Townsville.                     07
              The pillar of the community.




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                     7.3 Design Principles                                                       Axis                                                                Frontage
                         The following design principles have been endorsed by the               Acknowledge the visual axis established in the original master      Future built form to activate the frontage and maximise the
                         stakeholders.                                                           plan 1964.                                                          exposure opportunities from the major vehicle network
                                                                                                 The built form will acknowledge and respect the views to            The opportunity exists to create an active commercial frontage
                         The Front Door                                                          Magnetic Island. In acknowledging this axis, a sense of place       to the University Village along Angus Smith Drive. Future uses
                         Establish an arrival sequence to the campus and establish strong        will be fostered, providing a unique identity for University        could benefit from commercial exposure on this Road, owing to
                         sense of arrival through the landscape features and built form          Village. This will be most evident from the southern areas of the   high vehicle movements.
                         elements.                                                               site. This can be achieved by developing the street form and
                         A ‘front door’ will welcome visitors to the site. The entry statement   buildings to respect these axes, and protecting views to these
                         will foster a sense of arrival and will be clearly legible for          significant natural features.
                         individuals entering the site. It will contain elements which will be   Views to Mount Stuart will be available throughout the campus.
                         easily identifiable with the University and the Village. Buildings,
                         landscape, vegetation, signage and other features will be employed
                         in the creation of an attractive entrance.
                         Secondary entrances will also faciltiate an arrival experience. These
                         entrances will contain similar elements to the ‘front door’, however
                         reduced in scale and significance.


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Heart                                                               Landmarks                                                           Main Street
The heart of the University, in front of the Library, will be       Acknowledge existing landmarks while creating future                The main street is the most active street in the development and
enhanced through new landscaping and buildings. As a centre         opportunities.                                                      the civic heart for the campus.
of activity and engagement, the Library continues to function as    The provision of landmarks, like buildings and landscape            The main street will have an intensive level of activity, mixed
the ceremonial heart for staff and students. Arteries, pedestrian   features, create a sense of place and allow for navigation around   use, and street activity. As the civic heart of the campus, the
and cycle pathways and streets, should flow through the             the site. To achieve this, existing and future landmarks should     main street will include the core uses of retail, entertainment,
campus, providing safe and convenient access to the heart.          be identified and developed through the provision of distinct       and commercial, as well as having a significant public space
                                                                    buildings in prominent locations.                                   provision. These uses should support a significant on-site
                                                                                                                                        residential population and visitors to the site.




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                          Outdoor Rooms                                                    Linkages                                                        Spine
                                                                                           Provide legibility around the campus.                           The spine will be the main internal link through the campus.
                          Create comfortable outdoor spaces to activate the external
                          campus environment.                                              Visual and access linkages will be provided to allow the        The Spine will reinforce the axis to Magnetic Island.
                                                                                           unhindered movement of individuals through the site. This       Development will be planned and designed to frame the open
                          Shade oriented open spaces and courtyards will be located in     can be achieved by removing physical barriers to access, and    space. This will increase the visibility of the open space and
                          key locations within the campus. Open space areas will include   creating a site that is people oriented, pedestrian and cycle   attract uses. This proposition will foster a sense of place for the
                          an organised network of shaded pathways for cycling and          friendly.                                                       University.
                          walking, promoting the comfortable movement of individuals
                          through the campus.                                              All streets within the Village will be pedestrian and cycle
                                                                                           friendly.




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Natural Environment
The dry tropical landscape is an environment valued by the
university community to be preserved and incorporated into the
urban landscape.
Two waterways exist on site. The creek running north-south
is natural and has ecological values that need to be protected
and managed. The second (western arm) creek bisects the
University core and offers amenity benefits for this area. Part of
this creek is man-made. There is also the opportunity to activate
the edges of these creeks, while maintaining their environmental
integrity.




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                     7.4 Concept Diagram
                         The corresponding concept diagram has been developed from the
                         vision, guiding principles and design principles.
                         A natural rim surrounds University Village.
                         The green spine unifies and connects University Village.
                         The University Ring Road surrounds the academic core with
                         additional land to the east.
                         Business areas for employment generation in the Mixed Industry and
                         Business Activities (MIBA) and Commercial precincts will benefit
                         from traffic exposure to Angus Smith Drive.
                         The main street will be an attractor for students, workers, residents
                         and visitors alike.
                         There will be an active interface between the University and the
                         hospital.




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7.5 Zones of Character
    Although University Village is master planned, this does not
    mean that it will be a homogenous community. As with any
    urban area, it should reflect a texture of moods and flavours;
    parts of it will appeal more to some than others. Areas may
    appeal to multiple audiences in different ways or at different
    times of the day.
    To achieve this richness and authenticity, the development must
    build upon the initial detailed mix of uses and identify a series
    of sub precincts, each with a subtly differentiated character
    and appeal, particularly at the ground level, providing the
    fundamental connection point between the elements of place,
    activity and community.
    Signature Pieces
    Signature pieces are the elements that will drive market
    awareness and brand recognition. In other words they are what
    identifies University Village.
    Within each zone of character it is important to establish the
    signature pieces that help to depict the character, ambience and                                                                                                       SECTION
    image of that particular area of University Village.
                                                                         MAJOR USES
                                                                             MAJOR USES
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                                                                                                                    Public Domain
                                                                                           Commercial
                                                      Residential




                                                                                                                                    Hospitality
                                                                               Education



                                                                                                        Lifestyle
                                                                    Retail




                                University Central                                                                                                University Central
                                     Town Central                                                                                                 Town Central
                                 Creative Gateway                                                                                                 Creative Gateway
        ZONES OF CHARACTER




                                             MIBA                                                                                                 MIBA
                                Village Residential                                                                                               Village Residential
                               Hillside Residential                                                                                               Hillside Residential
                             University Residential                                                                                               University Residential
                                       Biomedical                                                                                                 Biomedical
                                          Learning                                                                                                Learning
                                             Sport                                                                                                Sport
                                        Hinterland                                                                                                Hinterland
                                   University East                                                                                                University East
                                                                               Education
                                                                    Retail



                                                                                           Commercial



                                                                                                                    Public Domain
                                                      Residential




                                                                                                                                    Hospitality
                                                                                                        Lifestyle




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                                                                                                                                                                Academic core: intellectual and ceremonial
                                                                                                                                                                     heart, inclusive, energised, creative.


                         UNIVERSITY CENTRAL                                                       This location also forms the junction of the two axis’. Therefore, this
                                                                                                  location would also host the ‘Great Hall’.
                                                                                                                                                                             This precinct has the greatest opportunity to deliver strong buildings
                                                                                                                                                                             following the principles of tropical architecture - responding to
                                                                                                                                                                             climate, landscape and the local setting.
                                                                                                  It will be the venue for festivals, events, productions and ceremony.
                         This zone is intended to become the ‘heart’ of the university            High quality landscape finishes, areas of open space and large             Whilst buildings define an urban quality, this precinct is
                         campus. A place of ceremony, learning, thinking and                      amounts of shade will produce an appealing and celebrative space.          characterised by quality landscape outcomes.
                         contemplation.
                                                                                                  The University Central zone also extends into the southern area            The green spine will consist of a formal landscaped boulevard
                         A range of new facilities and buildings will be clustered around a       of the site. This area is intended to continue as a research and           bounded by a perimeter street system allowing for the establishment
                         landscaped boulevard connecting the existing library building with       teaching resource, with high ecological value for the campus. The          of a series of new buildings facing onto the boulevard.
                         the Townsville Hospital. This will create a renewed focus for the        UV community will also benefit from the significant flora and fauna        The built form could include a cloistered colonnade and/ or
                         library (an iconic 60’s building by James Birrell). Plantings of large   which characterises this area.                                             arbour providing necessary climatic protection.
                         canopy shade trees within the forecourt will establish a new shady
                         and cool space that will become an ideal meeting place.                                                                                             The colonnade and/ or arbour will provide a shady protected
                                                                                                                                                                             pedestrian environment that will increase the environmental
                         The precinct will also establish a prominent address to the Town
                                                                                                                                                                             performance of the buildings and enhance the tropical theme.
                         Centre zone through a strong node forming the transition between
                         the university and the village. Landscape elements of furniture and                                                                                 This landscape corridor will provide for a pedestrian and bike
                         planting also will bridge these different character areas helping                                                                                   thoroughfare within a less formal landscape setting. Avenue
                         produce a coherent link between the two spaces.                                                                                                     planting of large tropical shade trees combined with understorey
                                                                                                                                                                             planting and varied pavement treatments will delineate zones of
                                                                                                                                                                             activity. Well placed seating, drinking fountains and public art
                                                                                                                                                                             will provide a stimulating human scale environment conducive
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                                                                                                                                                                             recreational activities as well as allowing for pedestrian and bike
           07                                                                                                                                                                movements required as part of the lecture/ study programs.
                                                                                                                                                                             The green spine is intersected by the creek and also by the Town
                                                                                                                                                                             Centre road network further to the north. The interface between
                                                                                                                                                                             the more formal character of the green spine and the more natural
                                                                                                  Retention of iconic building
                                                                                                                                                                             character of the creek will provide interesting opportunities for
                                                                                                                                                                             variations to the landscape treatment at this point. Accentuating
                                                                                                                                                                             the informal nature of the creek and the formal nature of the
                                                                                                  Character and Appeal                                                       surrounding urban landscape will increase contrast and landscape
                                                                                                  A refined character will be created by buildings, landscaping and          interest. Furthermore, elements could include stepping stones and
                                                                                                  activities.                                                                a pedestrian/ bike bridge crossing.
                                                                                                  All buildings within this precinct will promote this sense of place.
                                                                                                  To retain the presence of the library, all new buildings in the vicinity
                                                                                                  will not exceed its height.
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                                                                                                Signature Buildings
                                                                                                The Australian Tropical Science Innovation Precinct (ATSIP)
                                                                                                building, the ‘Great Hall’ and the School of Creative Arts could
                                                                                                be early catalysts.




                                                                                                                                              MAJOR USES
                                                                                                                                                  MAJOR USES
Activation of the Library as a significant campus building and forecourt




                                                                                                                                                                                         Public Domain
                                                                                                                                                                Commercial
                                                                                                                           Residential




                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hospitality
                                                                                                                                                    Education
Connections




                                                                                                                                                                             Lifestyle
The establishment of the green spine will establish new                                                                                  Retail
                                                                                                     University Central                                                                                                University Central
pedestrian and bike movement networks between the core                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SECTION
                                                                                                          Town Central                                                                                                 Town Central
of the University, the proposed Town Centre and Townsville
Hospital. Pedestrian, bike and car movements will be carefully                                        Creative Gateway                                                                                                 Creative Gateway
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                                                                           ZONES OF CHARACTER




                                                                                                                  MIBA                                                                                                 MIBA
planned to integrate and separate where necessary, depending
                                                                                                     Village Residential                                                                                               Village Residential
of the priority given to certain activity areas within the University
                                                                                                    Hillside Residential                                                                                               Hillside Residential
Central zone. Ample shade will be provided along pedestrian
                                                                                                  University Residential                                                                                               University Residential
and cycle connections.
                                                                                                            Biomedical                                                                                                 Biomedical
Rationalisation of the space around the library will give renewed                                              Learning                                                                                                Learning
visual connections along the green spine.                                                                         Sport                                                                                                Sport
                                                                                                             Hinterland                                                                                                Hinterland
Proposed Uses                                                                                           University East                                                                                                University East

The provision of additional buildings within the University
                                                                                                                                                    Education
                                                                                                                                         Retail



                                                                                                                                                                Commercial



                                                                                                                                                                                         Public Domain
                                                                                                                           Residential




                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hospitality
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campus should be focused onto the green spine. This could
include new faculty buildings, administration centre,
chapel, art gallery, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tropical and shaded spaces (Library - University of the Sunshine Coast)
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                                                                                                                                             Strong urban sense of place: mixed-use, accessible,
                                                                                                                                                   inclusive, fun, active, sustainable, connected,
                                                                                                                                                                              main street, vibrant.

                         TOWN CENTRAL                                                                Character and Appeal                                                  The main street will be a vibrant focal point for the campus based
                                                                                                                                                                           upon; vehicle/ pedestrian activity and lifestyle experiences. In
                                                                                                     As the most active street in the proposed master plan and
                                                                                                                                                                           addition a main street represents an ‘urban’ environment in which
                                                                                                     the civic heart of the neighbourhood, the uses need to be both
                         A defined town centre will be established within the front quadrant                                                                               people can interact which is different to the surrounding suburban
                                                                                                     fine grained and concentrated, to reinforce the Town Centre, and
                         of the site and on the southern side of James Cook Drive, creating                                                                                villages. In terms of urban design a well designed main street
                                                                                                     designed to promote street life.
                         the opportunity for a range of new commercial, residential and                                                                                    provides flexibility to accommodate changing retail/ commercial
                         mixed uses to be established. It will provide the major point of            It will provide a transition between the public commercial areas      forms of development over a long period of time. The overall
                         contact between the university and the wider community. The street          and the core university facilities, and an interface of mixed uses,   landscape character of the Town Centre is classified as a primary
                         character will be similar in size and scale to that of the existing main    to encourage more active and vibrant streetscapes within the Town     space.
                         streets within Townsville. Buildings will be built to the front boundary    Centre Zone for university students and staff, local neighbourhoods
                         to provide an active street frontage. Car parking will be provided at       and broader suburbs.
                         the rear of buildings. Architectural forms that accommodate tropical
                         climatic conditions such as awnings and covered footpaths
                         and facilitating breezeways will be encouraged. Large canopy
                         shade trees and eye-catching colourful understorey plantings will
                         be provided at regular intervals within the streetscape. As will high
                         quality street furniture and seating provide streetscape amenity.
                         A variety of retail operations that require exposure to vehicular through
                         traffic, e.g. newsagents, restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, florists,
                         small supermarkets and video stores will be encouraged to establish
           SECTION       in this precinct, which will function as a vibrant local centre.

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                                                                                                     A place for the weekly grocery shop




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Connections                                                                 Proposed Uses                                                                                                                                              Signature Buildings
The main street thoroughfare will provide good vehicular access                The Town Centre zone will provide a range of commercial and                                                                                             An opportunity exists for a semi-iconic university building which
to the university and will be linked with the green spine. This                professional services for the University campus users and                                                                                               presents a strong research focus at the entry to the Village.
connection will allow for a number of commercial uses. The                     the surrounding residential population. As this residential
uses will not be dependant on through traffic and with quality                 population establishes around the University, it will continue to
street furniture and landscaping acting to create a high standard              expand in the future.
of pedestrian amenity. Shaded streetscapes and courtyards                      The town centre will contain a wide mix of uses that will
will provide an environment conducive to the establishment                     generate a high level of activity. In this area priority is given to
of open-air coffee shops and restaurants. Bikes will be                        pedestrians. Uses such as ground level retail, and commercial
encouraged to move at reduced speeds in order to create a safe                 above ground level will be encouraged. This will also be a
mixed environment.                                                             sought after address for ‘shop top’ housing. Public art and
The Town Centre will also provide legible road, bike and                       furniture and landscaping are to be used to enhance the setting.
pedestrian connections to the MIBA precinct to the west and to                 This would also be an ideal location for a Tavern opening out to
the medical precinct to the north.                                             the street.

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                                                                                                                                                       Commercial
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                                                                                                                                           Education



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                                                                                                                                Retail
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                                                                                            University Central                                                                                                University Central
                                                                                                 Town Central                                                                                                 Town Central
                                                                                             Creative Gateway                                                                                                 Creative Gateway
                                                                    ZONES OF CHARACTER




                                                                                                         MIBA                                                                                                 MIBA
                                                                                            Village Residential                                                                                               Village Residential
                                                                                           Hillside Residential                                                                                               Hillside Residential
                                                                                         University Residential                                                                                               University Residential
                                                                                                   Biomedical                                                                                                 Biomedical
                                                                                                      Learning                                                                                                Learning

Shaded outdoor spaces                                                                                    Sport                                                                                                Sport
                                                                                                    Hinterland                                                                                                Hinterland
                                                                                               University East                                                                                                University East
                                                                                                                                           Education
                                                                                                                                Retail



                                                                                                                                                       Commercial



                                                                                                                                                                                Public Domain
                                                                                                                  Residential




                                                                                                                                                                                                Hospitality
                                                                                                                                                                    Lifestyle




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                                                                                                                 The front door: leading edge, iconic, people focused, open and
                                                                                                                              inviting, strong built form, showpiece, accessible.


                         CREATIVE GATEWAY                                                     Character and Appeal                                               Connections
                                                                                              Buildings and spaces will be energetic, accessible, inclusive,     The Gateway is the key entry point for the campus and will be
                                                                                              welcoming, alive, and promote interaction between uses and         instantly recognisable by a series of iconic entry statements. It
                         As the entrance to the campus, the Creative Gateway will provide a   premises. Creative Gateway is the significant entrance statement   will be essential to ensure that the community is drawn into the
                         leading edge entrance statement and feature iconic, showpiece        for the Campus, and it will represent the expression of the        experience and perceives this as a zone of public realm. Formal
                         premises with creative, functional and significant                   university village. The built form is iconic, unique and young     avenue style plantings will line the entry into the JCU - University
                         architecture, with an urban context.                                 in spirit. The landscape will be expressed as primary landscape    Village.
                         Structures in this precinct will continue to be a canvas for the     spaces.                                                            Connections between space will also be important. James Cook
                         research and knowledge-based industries through their internal       The majority of carparking will be provided behind buildings and   Drive will function as a thoroughfare with road connections also
                         and exterior design.                                                 vehicle crossovers are to be minimised.                            required to connect the precinct with the Town Centre Precinct.
                         Young in spirit; new media together with leading edge designs and
                         uses with attitude will be actively encouraged.
                         Signature landscape plantings will be located at key locations
                         helping harbour a sense of arrival.




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Proposed Uses                                                                              Signature Building
The entrance to the University Village is an ideal location for                            Due to this prominent location all buildings will represent the
a Hotel including conference facilities. Serviced apartments                               University Village. Therefore high quality design outcomes are
and other short-term accomodation could also benefit from                                  expected.
this location. These facilities will be utilised by the University,
Hospital and businesses.
This precinct overlaps with the Town Centre Precinct where there
is a focus of ground level retail uses and the street focus
should be maintained. The Gateway Zone is bisected by James
Cook Drive. The western portion of the Precinct is characterised
by a high proportion of commercial uses providing a nexus
between the retail activities within the Town Centre Precinct and
a possible support function to the MIBA Precinct.
Due to immediate access to the Town Centre Precinct, this zone
does not warrant further retail offering, unless it is supporting                                                                       MAJOR USES
the Town Centre.                                                                                                                            MAJOR USES




                                                                                                                                                                                   Public Domain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kelvin Grove Urban Village, Brisbane




                                                                                                                                                          Commercial
                                                                                                                     Residential




                                                                                                                                                                                                   Hospitality
                                                                                                                                              Education



                                                                                                                                                                       Lifestyle
                                                                                                                                   Retail

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                                                                                                    Town Central                                                                                                 Town Central
                                                                                                Creative Gateway                                                                                                 Creative Gateway
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                                                                                                            MIBA                                                                                                 MIBA
                                                                                               Village Residential                                                                                               Village Residential
                                                                                              Hillside Residential                                                                                               Hillside Residential
                                                                                            University Residential                                                                                               University Residential
                                                                                                      Biomedical                                                                                                 Biomedical
                                                                                                         Learning                                                                                                Learning
                                                                                                            Sport                                                                                                Sport
                                                                                                       Hinterland                                                                                                Hinterland
                                                                                                  University East                                                                                                University East
                                                                                                                                              Education
                                                                                                                                   Retail



                                                                                                                                                          Commercial



                                                                                                                                                                                   Public Domain
                                                                                                                     Residential




                                                                                                                                                                                                   Hospitality
                                                                                                                                                                       Lifestyle




Roma Mitchell Arts Centre, Adelaide
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                                                                                                                          Research and business frontier: hi-tech, leading edge, visual
                                                                                                                          presence, knowledge-based functions, business accelerators.


                         MIXED INDUSTRY AND BUSINESS                                                 High quality furniture within shady ‘outdoor rooms’ at key locations    Pedestrian movement will primarily be focused at the interface
                                                                                                                                                                             between the University Central Precinct, Town Central and the
                                                                                                     will provide an opportunity for workers to eat and enjoy the region’s
                         ACTIVITIES (MIBA)                                                           dry tropical climate. Carparking and warehousing will be designed       Healthy Living Precinct. It is not anticipated that pedestrian
                                                                                                     or located not to detract from streetscape.                             movements will extend significantly into the MIBA Precinct beyond
                                                                                                                                                                             its interface with James Cook Drive.
                         James Cook University is positioned to create a niche commercial            Connections
                         venue that leverages the association with the research and                  The MIBA Precinct will benefit from a strong visual presence with
                         administrative functions of the campus with the enterprise and              new buildings address Angus Smith Drive as well as an internal road
                         business community. It is intended to function as a strategic cluster       configuration. Landscape vegetation will allow or frame views to
                         of incubators and business accelerators (with strong links                  necessitate its strong visual presence.
                         to knowledge based functions of the university) driving business
                         success.                                                                    Bike, car and service vehicle movements will be carefully planned
                                                                                                     to integrate and link to the University Central Precinct. Although
                         It will be important to focus initially on attracting interim synergistic   strongly linked with the University Central Precinct, the MIBA
                         businesses to this zone.                                                    Precinct will also function as a destination trip for many movements.
                                                                                                     Located at the northern frontage of the campus, visitors will have a
                         Character and Appeal                                                        short distance to travel on James Cook Drive or Parkinson Road to
                         High quality commercial buildings within an urban setting. The              access the Precinct.
                         landscape character is defined as a primary landscape space.
                         Strong street presence supported by quality landscape elements and
                         dry tropical landscaping.
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Proposed Uses                                                            Signature Buildings                                                                                                                         MAJOR USES
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Establishing a commercial tropical sciences cluster which                Careful consideration should be given to the buildings fronting




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Public Domain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Commercial
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hospitality
leverages the existing research functions and has a focus                Angus Smith Drive which will have a strong visual image for the




                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Education



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lifestyle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Retail
on small and medium enterprises, will support the vision                 University Village.
for James Cook University Urban Village. It will also deliver                                                                                                               University Central                                                                                                University Central
JCU’s ambition to put knowledge, skill and learning into an                                                                                                                      Town Central                                                                                                 Town Central
enterprise context and create stronger links with industry.                                                                                                                  Creative Gateway                                                                                                 Creative Gateway




                                                                                                                                                    ZONES OF CHARACTER
The MIBA Precinct will predominantly accommodate research                                                                                                                                MIBA                                                                                                 MIBA

and development partnerships aligned with the University’s                                                                                                                  Village Residential                                                                                               Village Residential

Centre of Excellence. The buildings in the MIBA Precinct                                                                                                                   Hillside Residential                                                                                               Hillside Residential

will be purpose built construction, which may include                                                                                                                    University Residential                                                                                               University Residential

a shopfront or small office component, a warehouse and a                                                                                                                           Biomedical                                                                                                 Biomedical

distribution component.                                                                                                                                                               Learning                                                                                                Learning
                                                                                                                                                                                         Sport                                                                                                Sport
The initial commercial opportunities should be demand driven                                                                                                                        Hinterland                                                                                                Hinterland
and be based on a carefully constructed proposition appealing                                                                                                                  University East                                                                                                University East
to tenants attracted to participating in a new community




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Public Domain
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hospitality
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lifestyle
where they are recognised as being part of a research and
knowledge based centre of excellence. The University
Central Precinct acts as an anchor and affords the particular
ability to foster relationships with and nurture enterprises at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SECTION
the research frontier of business.
Synergistic uses will be encouraged, however industrial and
bulky good businesses are not consistent with the intent of
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this zone.
The built form will respond strongly to the landscape
setting through sensitive integration of existing and new,
contemporary landscape treatments, water sensitive
urban design and tropical and sustainable architectural
design. Landscape and architecture should be teaching
tools, used to highlight new technologies in a simple way.




                                                                  Leading edge contemporary image to buildings (Southgate, Cannon Hill, Brisbane)
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                                                                                                      Town homes: hip and connected, young at heart, design excellence,
                                                                                                          diverse housing types, close to University Central/ sport/ cafes.


                         VILLAGE RESIDENTIAL                                                     art and planting design should reflect this feeling. Themed to form   Connections
                                                                                                 part of the overall image for JCU Urban Village, the streets are      These areas will benefit by strong connections to Town Central and
                                                                                                 enhanced with landscaping and street furniture designed to            the Academic precincts.
                         Housing is a fundamental outcome in the delivery of this                encourage street interaction and ‘chance meetings’. Large canopy
                         sustainable community. A common benefit through the provision           street trees will be used to provide shade for pedestrians and        The precinct has frontage to James Cook Drive and Parkinson
                         of an integrated mix of housing to meet the needs of a range of         cyclists.                                                             Road, with frontage to a secondary road network. The secondary
                         people, encouraging a more diverse and inclusive community.                                                                                   road network has streets which are quieter and more domestically
                                                                                                                                                                       orientated.
                         Medium density housing responds to the needs of some people and
                         acknowledges the significant contribution housing design has upon
                         the character and amenity of the campus.
                         Character and Appeal
                         The village residential precinct feels open, hip and connected to
                         the university central and town central precincts. The landscape will
                         be classified as secondary landscape spaces. Landscape furniture,




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                                                                                                 Quality residential development with strong sustainable intent        The corner shop or cafe strip
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                     Proposed Uses                                                                                                                                   — investor apartments amongst the residential projects;                             Signature Buildings
                     There will be a discreet blending of student and non student                                                                                    — potential home/ office residents; and                                             Careful design attention is required for the first building
                     residences as the development transitions between the                                                                                           — key worker housing.                                                               constructed as a high quality product.
                     university central precinct and the view residential precincts.                                                                                                                                                                     Initial buildings may be located on land fronting James Cook
                     Affordability is consistent with design excellence and diverse                                                                                      This will add depth, diversity and interest to the mix of housing
                                                                                                                                                                         product and extend the audience participating in the lifestyle                  Drive.
                     housing types are disaggregated throughout the site and not
                     necessarily clustered.                                                                                                                              offering.

                     Small scale retail, such as a corner store, may be incorporated                                                                                     It is critical for the economic viability of the project that the
                     within this precinct.                                                                                                                               evolving market demand is the main driver while being flexible
                                                                                                                                                                         enough to respond to the changing marketplace. A detailed sale
                     To meet the project’s ambition for contributing to a diversified                                                                                    and land release strategy for this diverse residential product is
                     residential mix, housing products with an accessible range of                                                                                       required.
                     price points will include:
                                                                                                                                                                         The village residential precinct will accommodate a combination
— opportunities for student housing both in dedicated and rental                                                                                                         of student accommodation and residential apartments designed
  accommodation;                                                                                                                                                         to tie in with the adjoining University Central, Town Central and
                                                                                                                                                                         View Residential precincts.
                                                                   MAJOR USES
                                                                       MAJOR USES
                                                                                                              Public Domain
                                                                                     Commercial
                                                Residential




                                                                                                                              Hospitality
                                                                         Education



                                                                                                  Lifestyle




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                                                              Retail




                          University Central
                               Town Central
                                                                                                                                            University Central
                                                                                                                                            Town Central
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ZONES OF CHARACTER




                                       MIBA                                                                                                 MIBA
                          Village Residential                                                                                               Village Residential
                         Hillside Residential                                                                                               Hillside Residential
                       University Residential                                                                                               University Residential
                                 Biomedical                                                                                                 Biomedical
                                    Learning                                                                                                Learning
                                       Sport                                                                                                Sport
                                  Hinterland                                                                                                Hinterland
                             University East                                                                                                University East
                                                                         Education
                                                              Retail



                                                                                     Commercial



                                                                                                              Public Domain
                                                Residential




                                                                                                                              Hospitality
                                                                                                  Lifestyle




                                                                                                                                                                                                      Medium density housing looking onto safe streets
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                                                                                                                  Cool homes: contemporary, tropical, light-weight construction,
                                                                                                                    bushland setting, optimum views, high quailty public spaces.


                         HILLSIDE RESIDENTIAL                                                  Character and Appeal                                                  The landscape is classified as a tertiary landscape space.
                                                                                               This precinct will be contemporary, comfortable, relaxed, cool, and   Vegetation and landscape elements will be used as climate control
                                                                                               natural.                                                              devices, reducing heating and cooling costs and increasing
                         Hillside Residential will be the address of choice for many                                                                                 environmental amenity.
                         Townsville residents. Gently undulating land creates ideal            Housing is designed to optimise views to the campus and beyond
                                                                                               to the CBD and ocean. The housing will use elevated floor level       It is anticipated that a mixture of allotment sizes will be provided,
                         homesites within a natural setting.                                                                                                         with the allotment sizes increasing as the slope increases. This will
                                                                                               construction and “touch the ground lightly” to limit impact on the
                         Some homes will feature stunning views of the University and          landscape.                                                            blend a closely knit ‘urban’ community close to James Cook
                         Townsville.                                                                                                                                 Drive with larger allotments up the slope.
                                                                                               Sustainable design will be a required outcome for all homes within
                         Residents will benefit through close proximity to the University      this precinct.                                                        As this precinct is not on the major thoroughfare of the Town Centre,
                         facilities.                                                                                                                                 the streets are quieter and more domestically orientated.
                                                                                               The allotments will be designed with a northerly aspect wherever      Supported by local parks, the streets here form part of the urban
                         The housing type is contemporary tropical architecture, with light-   possible, to benefit from solar orientation, as well as optimising
                         weight features such as balconies and generous eaves. The                                                                                   network for the constant movements of residents. High quality
                                                                                               the available views.                                                  public spaces will be feature of this area – integrating with the
                         streets are softened with landscaping and street furniture designed
                         to encourage chance meetings.                                                                                                               surrounding environment.
                         The streetscape will be relatively informal with native vegetation
                         used to provide a sense of the surrounding bushland environment
                         entering the residential areas. Clusters of native street trees and
                         understorey plantings will provide shade along residential streets.
                         Water sensitive urban design has potential to be expressed strongly
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                                                                                               Tropical detached housing                                             Light weight contemporary features.


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                     Connections                                                                                                                                   Proposed Uses
                     The precinct will be connected to the existing James Cook Drive                                                                               The proposed uses in this precinct will be residential with
                     as well as a secondary road network which will avoid traffic                                                                                  limited opportunities for alternative uses. It shall be a climatic
                     congestion. Parts of this precinct will be visible from Angus                                                                                 response to the urban environment in the aspect and design.
                     Smith Drive as well as other approaches to the campus.                                                                                        The developments will be low-rise dwellings dominated by
                                                                                                                                                                   residents with some investor options. There may be a need for
                                                                                                                                                                   some local shops.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Climate responsive design



                                                                 MAJOR USES
                                                                     MAJOR USES
                                                                                                            Public Domain
                                                                                   Commercial
                                              Residential




                                                                                                                            Hospitality
                                                                       Education



                                                                                                Lifestyle
                                                            Retail




                        University Central                                                                                                University Central
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SECTION
                             Town Central                                                                                                 Town Central
                         Creative Gateway                                                                                                 Creative Gateway
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                                     MIBA                                                                                                 MIBA
                        Village Residential                                                                                               Village Residential
                       Hillside Residential                                                                                               Hillside Residential
                     University Residential                                                                                               University Residential
                               Biomedical                                                                                                 Biomedical
                                  Learning                                                                                                Learning
                                     Sport                                                                                                Sport
                                Hinterland                                                                                                Hinterland
                           University East                                                                                                University East
                                                                       Education
                                                            Retail



                                                                                   Commercial



                                                                                                            Public Domain
                                              Residential




                                                                                                                            Hospitality
                                                                                                Lifestyle




                                                                                                                                                                                         Nestled into the hillside


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                                                                                                                                           Student living: busy lifestyle offering, new buildings,
                                                                                                                                                         active, safe, close to University Central.


                         UNIVERSITY RESIDENTIAL                                                      To meet the project’s ambition for contributing to a diversified
                                                                                                     residential mix, housing products with an accessible range of price
                                                                                                                                                                                  Connections
                                                                                                                                                                                  The precinct will be connected to the existing James Cook Drive as
                                                                                                     points will include:
                                                                                                                                                                                  well as a secondary road network which will avoid traffic congestion.
                         There will be a discreet blending of student and non student            — opportunities for student housing;                                             Parts of this precinct will be visible from Angus Smith Drive as well
                         residences as the development transitions between the University                                                                                         as other approaches to the campus.
                         Central precinct and the Hillside Residential precinct. Affordability   — investor apartments amongst the residential projects; and
                         is consistent with design excellence and diverse housing types          — potential home/ office residents.                                              The proximaty to the Academic and Town Centre Precincts provides
                         are disaggregated throughout the site and not necessarily clustered.                                                                                     the unique integration between residential and the University Village
                                                                                                     This will add depth, diversity and interest to the mix of housing            through well designed and landscaped walkpaths.
                                                                                                     product and extend the audience participating in the lifestyle
                         Character and Appeal                                                        offering.
                         Themed to form part of the overall residential image and the streets
                         are enhanced through landscaping and street furniture designed to
                         encourage chance meetings.
                         Extensive shade via tropical canopy trees enhance the usability of
                         the street during the dry hot season. This landscape character is
                         classified as secondary landscape space.




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                     Proposed Uses
                     The University Residential precinct will accommodate a
                     combination of student accommodation and residential
                     apartments, including low-rise walk up townhouses.
                     New development will be possible through redevelopment of
                     existing underperforming sites.




                                                                   MAJOR USES
                                                                       MAJOR USES
                                                                                                              Public Domain
                                                                                     Commercial
                                                Residential




                                                                                                                              Hospitality
                                                                         Education



                                                                                                  Lifestyle




                                                                                                                                                                     University Hall
                                                              Retail




                          University Central                                                                                                University Central
                               Town Central                                                                                                 Town Central                               SECTION
                           Creative Gateway                                                                                                 Creative Gateway

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                                       MIBA                                                                                                 MIBA
                          Village Residential                                                                                               Village Residential
                         Hillside Residential                                                                                               Hillside Residential
                       University Residential                                                                                               University Residential
                                 Biomedical                                                                                                 Biomedical
                                    Learning                                                                                                Learning
                                       Sport                                                                                                Sport
                                  Hinterland                                                                                                Hinterland
                             University East                                                                                                University East
                                                                         Education
                                                              Retail



                                                                                     Commercial



                                                                                                              Public Domain
                                                Residential




                                                                                                                              Hospitality
                                                                                                  Lifestyle




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                                                                                                                                    Biomedical cluster: integration of hospital and university,
                                                                                                                                     strong connections, tuition, training, knowledge sharing,
                                                                                                                                                                         research, active, safe.

                         BIOMEDICAL                                                             Avenue tree and signature plantings, with on street carparking,
                                                                                                shaded pedestrian and cycle pathways, will provide a ‘sense of
                                                                                                                                                                          Connections
                                                                                                                                                                          Located at a secondary entrance to the campus, this ‘medical hub’
                                                                                                arrival’ for visitors to this precinct. Productive or sensory plantings
                                                                                                                                                                          will contribute to the leading edge image of the university.
                         The Biomedical precinct acknowledges the relationship between the      could be used within the streetscape, providing a link between
                         School of Medicine, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences       landscape and land-use; landscape and health.                             The Biomedical Precinct is within 400 metres walking distance
                         and Townsville Hospital to enable sharing of knowledge and                                                                                       of the Town Centre Precinct and parts of the University Central
                                                                                                Both the School of Medicine and the Hospital are currently
                         resources.                                                                                                                                       Precinct. Therefore, convenient and comfortable pedestrian/
                                                                                                expanding, which will contribute to the ‘energy’ associated with the
                                                                                                                                                                          bicycle linkages will be important to achieve connectivity within
                         Character and Appeal                                                   Town Centre Precinct.
                                                                                                                                                                          the Precinct as well as the balance of the campus. Landscape
                         The Biomedical precinct has a significant role in ‘marking’ a          New buildings should be orientated towards the frontages, and as a        strategies will include; cohesive furniture, pavement types and
                         secondary entrance to the campus. The precinct will also be a          priority towards the green spine and to the ‘main street’ to the south.   connected street tree plantings.
                         destination for some visitors and therefore the precinct should        New buildings within the Townsville Hospital (although outside the
                                                                                                                                                                          The School of Medicine and the Townsville Hospital will be closely
                         make a positive contribution to the ‘sense of arrival’. This will be   subject site) should be encouraged to respond to the activation
                                                                                                                                                                          connected with the Town Centre Precinct and therefore should
                         achieved by new buildings fronting roads, entrances to buildings       of the proposed green spine and proposed new east-west road
                                                                                                                                                                          respond positively, with the activation of the frontages adjoining this
                         easily identifiable, strong landscape elements, signature planting     between JCU and Hospital land.
                                                                                                                                                                          precinct. The School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences will be
                         and public art. Landscape elements are classified as secondary                                                                                   connected via pedestrian and vehicular links to the Town Central and
                         landscape spaces. New design elements will enhance the natural                                                                                   the University Central Precincts. This School will incorporate visual
                         landscape elements and maintain and enhance ecological                                                                                           clues which will enable visitors to visually identify the building
                         habitats.                                                                                                                                        before arrival.

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                                                                                                Cairns Hospital - Tropical Architecture                                   School of Medicine; Anton Breinl Centre
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                     Proposed Uses                                                                                                                                         Signature Buildings
                     The Biomedical precinct will contain facilities for tuition, training                                                                                  Potential for the future University Medical Centre and Clinical
                     and practical work for the Medical and Veterinary and Biomedical                                                                                       Skills Building to reinforce the secondary entry to the University
                     Sciences. The precinct may include icon buildings, visual                                                                                              Village.
                     ‘markers’, public art and themed landscaping.




                                                                   MAJOR USES
                                                                       MAJOR USES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Large canopy trees
                                                                                                              Public Domain
                                                                                     Commercial
                                                Residential




                                                                                                                              Hospitality
                                                                         Education



                                                                                                  Lifestyle
                                                              Retail




                          University Central                                                                                                University Central
                               Town Central                                                                                                 Town Central                                                                                                               SECTION
                           Creative Gateway                                                                                                 Creative Gateway

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                                       MIBA                                                                                                 MIBA
                          Village Residential                                                                                               Village Residential
                         Hillside Residential                                                                                               Hillside Residential
                       University Residential                                                                                               University Residential
                                 Biomedical                                                                                                 Biomedical
                                    Learning                                                                                                Learning
                                       Sport                                                                                                Sport
                                  Hinterland                                                                                                Hinterland
                             University East                                                                                                University East
                                                                         Education
                                                              Retail



                                                                                     Commercial



                                                                                                              Public Domain
                                                Residential




                                                                                                                              Hospitality
                                                                                                  Lifestyle




                                                                                                                                                                     Shaded Courtyard                                                            Townsville Hospital
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                                                                                                 Progressive learning: schools, shared facilities, high quality environment,
                                                                                                         flexible and versatile, strong university connections, the ethos of
                                                                                                                                                       academic excellence.

                         LEARNING                                                                   Character and Appeal                                                                       Connections
                                                                                                    This precinct will complement the University Central character of                          This precinct will be well connected to the University community
                                                                                                    cool urban places. With the landscape classified as secondary                              and surrounds. Safe, cool streets will encourage students to walk
                         The Learning Precinct will present an image of progressive                 landscape spaces, large canopy street trees will provide shade over                        and cycle to school. A purpose-built student drop-off area will
                         learning within a University setting.                                      footpaths. New and existing grassed ovals will be popular with                             ensure minimal conflict with non-school traffic.
                         It will establish an environment where school students become              students and the community alike. Copses of canopy shade trees                             Opportunities exist for connections with the community and others
                         familiar with a University setting and are part of the ethos of            at the edges provide sun protection for spectators.                                        e.g. the “outstation” concept.
                         academic excellence.
                         Parents will be eager to be a part of the university spirit, creating      The learning precinct incorporates early childhood school as the
                         commercial opportunities.                                                  first step in a life-long learning environment which extends
                         The learning precinct will be where Townsville residents want their        from pre-school to primary to tertiary and beyond, and will aid in
                         children to attend school. The school within an urban university           the development of an educated and job ready community who
                         setting will enable sharing of resources and university training.          are encouraged to experience a range of world class formal and
                                                                                                    informal learning programs in one place.




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                     Proposed Uses                                                                                                                                       Signature Buildings
                     The school will be co-located with the University’s sporting                                                                                         A school could contribute to the built edge.
                     facilities and therefore will benefit from sharing of facilities. This
                     could extend to other resource sharing such as audio visual,
                     lecture theatres, ICT and library facilities (where appropriate).




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                                                                     MAJOR USES
                                                                                                            Public Domain
                                                                                   Commercial
                                              Residential




                                                                                                                            Hospitality
                                                                       Education



                                                                                                Lifestyle
                                                            Retail




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                                     MIBA                                                                                                 MIBA
                        Village Residential                                                                                               Village Residential
                       Hillside Residential                                                                                               Hillside Residential
                     University Residential                                                                                               University Residential
                               Biomedical                                                                                                 Biomedical
                                  Learning                                                                                                Learning
                                     Sport                                                                                                Sport
                                Hinterland                                                                                                Hinterland
                           University East                                                                                                University East
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                                                                                                             Sport for life: popular destination, active and passive, formal and
                                                                                                                            informal recreation, sports complex, sporting fields.


                        SPORT                                                                     Character and Appeal                                                                         Connections
                                                                                                  The precinct will combine formal sporting fields and facilities as                           The precinct is highly accessible located between two entry/
                                                                                                  well as opportunities for passive recreation. The sporting fields will                       egress point to Angus Smith Drive. The precinct also benefits from
                         The Sport Precinct will be the focus of recreational needs for           be used by sporting teams during the evenings for training and on                            multiple road frontages.
                         the campus, and it will be a popular destination for students,           the weekends for competition. Similarly, students, residents and
                         residents, workers and recreational sporting teams. The precinct will                                                                                                 The recreation precinct is within 400 metres walking distance of
                                                                                                  workers will use the space for sporting pursuits and as an oasis                             the MIBA, Metro Residential and University Central Precincts.
                         combine active and passive, formal and informal recreation.              from work and university demands.                                                            Convenient and comfortable pedestrian and bicycle links will be
                         With the advent of voluntary student unionism, there is uncertainty      The landscape of the sport precinct is classified as a secondary                             formed with adjoining precincts and connect to a wider network
                         with regards to the recreational requirements for the UV. An             space. The provision of shaded pathways for pedestrian and cyclists                          throughout the campus.
                         early implementation task of UV will be a study into the facilities      will assist in attracting users to this recreation area within the
                         required for sport and recreation activities for UV. This will involve   campus. The landscape design within this precinct is to be informal
                         discussion with sports administrators in Townsville-Thuringowa to        but, also functional so to provide ‘spaces’ within the precinct which
                         ensure the University Village facilities complement the matrix of        can accommodate a variety of recreational activities.
                         sporting resources.




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                     Proposed Uses
                     The proposed uses in this precinct will be park and
                     recreational uses. The facilities will include cricket ‘nets’,
                     tennis courts, storage areas and a sports complex. The sports
                     complex could include basketball, netball, gymnastics,
                     volleyball and gymnasium activities. The sports complex
                     may also be orientated towards the sporting fields and include
                     areas for spectators.
                     A swimming pool would also add to the appeal of this precinct.




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                                                                                    Commercial
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                                                                                                                             Hospitality
                                                                        Education



                                                                                                 Lifestyle
                                                             Retail




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                                      MIBA                                                                                                 MIBA
                         Village Residential                                                                                               Village Residential
                        Hillside Residential                                                                                               Hillside Residential
                      University Residential                                                                                               University Residential
                                Biomedical                                                                                                 Biomedical
                                   Learning                                                                                                Learning
                                      Sport                                                                                                Sport
                                 Hinterland                                                                                                Hinterland
                            University East                                                                                                University East
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                                                             Retail



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                                               Residential




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                                                                                                      Natural frame: safe, strong landscape connection, panoramic views,
                                                                                                     nature for nature’s sake, vantage point, minimal built footprint, trails.


                         HINTERLAND                                                               The precinct will have a number of entrances designed for
                                                                                                  pedestrian and bicycle convenience. A lookout will be incorporated
                                                                                                                                                                         Connections
                                                                                                                                                                         Connections to the precinct will be both visual and physical. The
                                                                                                  which may be accessed by vehicle. The lookout could offer
                                                                                                                                                                         naturalistic image of the hinterland precinct will remain a visual
                         The hinterland precinct will present an image of a frame for the         panoramic views over Townsville. From the lookout, pathways will
                                                                                                                                                                         connection for the University and a point of reference for visitors
                         University Village - nature for nature’s sake. There are significant     invite people to leave their cars to ‘explore’ the precinct.
                                                                                                                                                                         travelling to the University.
                         conservation values to be retained in this area.                         Shade cover will be provided by native vegetation. At the ‘lookout’
                                                                                                                                                                         Physical links to and through the precinct will be created. Pathways
                                                                                                  and other places of disturbance, additional native re-vegetation may
                         Character and Appeal                                                                                                                            will be formed which provide a minimal built footprint into the
                                                                                                  be required. The ‘lookout’ could also incorporate a shelter/ picnic
                                                                                                                                                                         precinct, as well as providing a safe and convenient access to the
                         Recognised as the natural retreat of the Urban Village. The existing     structures.
                                                                                                                                                                         hinterland precinct.
                         natural qualities will be retained and cherished by residents. It is a   A bushwalking and fitness circuit from the existing water tank,
                         more traditional destination, a safe, quiet and soft environment with    up and along the ridge and then down to University Creek and
                         a strong landscape connection.                                           terminating in the veterinary area has appeal as a connection
                         The precinct will be a retreat, a lookout, a natural discovery/          between the urban and the natural environments.
                         adventure setting, and an educational and research resource. The
                         precinct will be attractive for morning or afternoon walking or
                         mountain bike riding. The precinct will also continue to have a role
                         in the University curriculum.
                         The area is classified as its own landscape space; the hinterland
                         landscape. New design elements such as street furniture and
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                         shade structures will protect and enhance the natural landscape
                         elements and ecological habitats.
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                     The Hinterland precinct will adjoin the Residential precinct and                                                                                     Proposed Uses
                     therefore will have a direct relationship with the community.
                                                                                                                                                                          The Hinterland precinct will be used for walking and cycling,
                     However, these boundaries will not be clearly defined, rather,
                                                                                                                                                                          field studies and an educational and research resource. There is
                     elements of the Hinterland precinct will lead and blend into the
                                                                                                                                                                          the opportunity for further exploration of the concept of a cafe/
                     Residential precinct.
                                                                                                                                                                          restaurant or function space at the ‘lookout’.
                     The precinct also adjoins Defence land to the south. This
                     boundary will need to be carefully managed to avoid conflict
                     with the Defence operations.




                                                                 MAJOR USES
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                                                                                                            Public Domain
                                                                                   Commercial
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                                                                                                                            Hospitality
                                                                       Education



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                                                            Retail




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                             Town Central
                         Creative Gateway
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                                     MIBA                                                                                                 MIBA
                        Village Residential                                                                                               Village Residential
                       Hillside Residential                                                                                               Hillside Residential
                     University Residential                                                                                               University Residential
                               Biomedical                                                                                                 Biomedical
                                  Learning                                                                                                Learning
                                     Sport                                                                                                Sport
                                Hinterland                                                                                                Hinterland
                           University East                                                                                                University East
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                                                            Retail



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                                              Residential




                                                                                                                            Hospitality
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                                                                                                                                     Low-intensity academic functions, land bank for future
                                                                                                                                      needs, creek crossing, consistent landscaping theme.


                         UNIVERSITY EAST                                                          Connections
                                                                                                  The University East precinct will be connected to the University
                                                                                                  Central precinct by a creek crossing. The crossing will form an
                         This zone is intended to become a transition area whereby current
                                                                                                  extension of the ‘main street’. A consistent landscaping theme from
                         low-intensity academic functions such as the veterinary farm and
                                                                                                  the ‘main street’ will strengthen this link.
                         Agricultural Science will be retained, surplus area could be land
                         banked for future academic needs.                                        An alternative connection to the north could avoid the need for a
                                                                                                  creek crossing.
                         Character and Appeal                                                     An extension of the secondary ring road in the View Residential
                         The character of this precinct will have synergies with the University   precinct may also extend through this precinct.
                         Central precinct and/ or the Biomedical precinct. This may be
                         implemented through strong physical links and landscape
                         treatments. However, the natural environment will remain the
                         dominant characteristic.




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                     Proposed Uses
                     The provision of additional academic buildings should be
                     focused onto new road layout.
                     There are opportunities for a naturalistic water body adjacent to
                     and connected to the creek.




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                                                                                   Commercial
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                                                                                                                            Hospitality
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                                                                                                Lifestyle
                                                            Retail




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                                     MIBA                                                                                                 MIBA
                        Village Residential                                                                                               Village Residential
                       Hillside Residential                                                                                               Hillside Residential
                     University Residential                                                                                               University Residential
                               Biomedical                                                                                                 Biomedical
                                  Learning                                                                                                Learning
                                     Sport                                                                                                Sport
                                Hinterland                                                                                                Hinterland
                           University East                                                                                                University East
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                                                            Retail



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                     7.6 Preliminary Concept Plan
                          The following options were prepared to present a range of alternative
                          development scenarios. These options were developed using the
                          project brief, vision, design guidelines, and zones of character as
                          an initial step in the iterative process which assisted the optimal
                          outcome for University Village.




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                          Key Features                                                                Key Features                                                        Key Features:
                      —   The lowest impact to the existing campus.                               — Medium impact to the existing campus.                             —   Highest impact to the existing campus.
                      —   MIBA as entry statement.                                                — Commercial/ Retail as entry statement.                            —   Commercial/ Retail as entry statement.
                      —   Sports fields remain in current location.                               — Main Street located adjacent (and perpendicular) to main campus   —   Main Street established on Ring Road.
                      —   Main Street located central to the campus.                                entrance.                                                         —   School located within Ring Road.
                      —   One new east-west connection through Academic Core.                     — One sports field located within the Ring Road.                    —   Sports fields located within Ring Road.
                      —   University Colleges unchanged.                                          — School co-located with sports fields.                             —   Southern extent of Ring Road extended.
                                                                                                  — Green spine established through the campus.                       —   Significant portion of MIBA in north-western quadrant.
                                                                                                  — Physical relationship with Hospital acknowledged (Commercial      —   Medium Density Residential uses at southern end of Ring Road.
                                                                                                    uses).                                                            —   Physical relationship with Hospital acknowledged (MIBA uses).
                                                                                                  — Two new east-west connections through Academic Core.              —   Three new east-west connections through Academic Core.
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7.7 Preferred Concept Plan
     Following feedback from the stakeholders on the concept options
     each of the 3 options were assessed both commercially and
     qualitatively.
     In terms of the qualitative assessment Option 2 was preferred over
     options 1 and 3 for the following reasons.
 —   Sports fields provide a buffer between the MIBA and residential land.
 —   There is better access and address for the MIBA land via new roads.
 —   There is a high activity commercial gateway into the site.
 —   The Town Centre is located close to site entry giving greater
     exposure.
 —   There is the opportunity to capitalise on distant views to Magnetic
     Island and over Townsville with hillside development.
 —   The Medium Density residential sites are sited close to the playing
     field and open space areas.
 —   The retention of the veterinary farm.
 —   Western campus is consolidated into the Academic Core.
 —   There is strong connectivity with the Hospital.
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 —   A strong north-south green axis enhances connectivity.
 —
 —
     The existing road layout is largely retained.
     Two new east-west connections further increases connectivity,
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     particularly through the Academic Core.
     A series of refinements to Option 2 that were identified and
     incorporated include the following.
 —   Provision of medium density housing at the southern end of James
     Cook Drive.
 —   Location of the proposed school to the western end of the sports
     fields.
 —   Collocation of the sports fields to facilitate optimal maintenance
     arrangements.
 —   Replacement of a wedge of commercial land north east of the
     Biomedical Precinct with an Academic Core designation.
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                     7.8 Structure Plan
                         The structure plan includes the following components;
                         Reinstatement of the north-south axis to create a ‘green spine’ to
                         the University which, combined with a controlled street network, will
                         add vitality and energy to the heart of the campus.
                         East-west street connections will contribute to making the campus
                         more accessible, as well as activating parts of the campus. The
                         commercial, retail and MIBA are concentrated within the northern
                         segment of the campus. In this location, these users will have high
                         exposure as the public face of the University Village and are able to
                         provide integration with surrounding development.
                         Residential uses form a band to the south and west of the Ring
                         Road. Higher density residential is nominated in key locations near
                         open space and facilities.
                         Significant areas for research, conservation, natural drainage and
                         wildlife have been retained on the campus.
                         A sports and schooling precinct is located adjacent to the academic
                         core, commercial and retail precincts and the main movement
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     The resultant Master Plan provides for development of the           Proposed Land Use               Land Area (m2)   Percentage of
     Academic Core to support a projected student population                                                              the Total Area
     of 15,200 (10,550 EFTSL) by 2025 (which will result in the          Mixed Industry Business               105,000             2.8%
     corresponding need to provide 141,886 sqm of GFA), as well as       Activity
     a range of alternative uses.                                        Commercial                             70,000             1.8%
     These include commercial and other potential employment             Town Centre                            23,000             0.6%
     generating activities, retail and a mix of residential housing      Residential                           447,000            11.7%
     types including traditional detached housing lots and medium
                                                                         Medium Density Residential            135,000             3.5%
     density housing.
                                                                         University College                     15,000             0.4%
     A summary of the indicative development potential for               Replanned Colleges/                   184,000             4.8%
     University Village is shown in the following table. It should       Medium Density Residential
     be noted that while the indicative GFA for the Academic Core
                                                                         Subject to further                    554,000            14.5%
     is 267,699 sqm, this represents the maximum development             investigation for residential
     potential for the site assuming 2-3 storey development with no      or other
     time constraints. This demonstrates that the academic core can      Academic Uses                         919,000            24.1%
     readily accomodate the required floorspace (ie. 141,886sqm) to
                                                                         School                                 48,000             1.3%
     meet student growth projections by 2025.
                                                                         Sports Field/ Parkland                449,400            13.2%
     Land Use              Land Area (1) (ha)   Indicative GFA / Yield
                                                                         Research, Conservation,               708,600            18.6%
     Academic Core                91.9            267,699 m2    (2)
                                                                         Natural Drainage and Wildlife
     MIBA   (3)
                                  10.5             53,703 m2             Corridor (including Land                                          SECTION
     Commercial/ Retail            9.3            123,880 m2             Above 100m)
     Residential (4)
     School
                                  58.2
                                   4.8
                                         (5)
                                                    1,303 dwellings
                                                          N/A
                                                                         Trunk Roads (as per Structure
                                                                         Plan)
                                                                                                               154,000             4.0%
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                                                                         Total                                3,812,000         100.0%

     Note
1.   This refers to developable areas and does not include roads,
     open space etc.
2.   Includes existing Gross Floor Area (GFA) of 100,557sqm.
3.   MIBA – Mixed Industry and Business Activities.
4.   Excludes Residential Colleges.
5.   Does not include additional area of 55.4ha subject to further
     investigation for residential development.
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                     7.9 Illustrative Master Plan
                           The Illustrative Master Plan takes the Academic Core to further
                           detail from the Structure Plan. The Plan represents an end vision,
                           combining both existing and future building.
                           The Illustrative Master Plan includes the following features.
                      — Future buildings are orientated towards streets.
                      — The plan forms a linkage with Townsville Hospital by suggesting
                        building locations.
                      — The green spine incorporates a variety of experiences.
                      — The plan suggests key building locations/ uses.
                      — The creek lines positively contribute to the campus.
                      — Car parking provided by both carparks and on-street.




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                                  EXISTING
                                    AND      PROPOSED
                                                        EXISTING
                                                          AND
                                 PROPOSED CARPARKS PROPOSED
                                                                                      EXISTING
                                                                                     ACADEMIC
                                                                                       CORE       PROPOSED
                       TOTAL      BUILDING (ON-STREET GROSS          PROPOSED         BUILDING     BUILDING
                     LAND AREA FOOTPRINT AND CAR         FLOOR       SITE COVER      FOOTPRINT    FOOTPRINT
                        (m2)     AREA (m2)    PARKS)    AREA (m2)        (%)            (m2)         (m2)
                         607,456     124,067      3,475    280,299           20.42         46,317       77,750


                     SUMMARY TABLE FOR TOWN CENTRE
                                  EXISTING             EXISTING                       EXISTING
                                    AND      PROPOSED    AND                         ACADEMIC
                                 PROPOSED CARPARKS PROPOSED                            CORE       PROPOSED
                       TOTAL      BUILDING (ON-STREET GROSS          PROPOSED         BUILDING     BUILDING
                     LAND AREA FOOTPRINT AND CAR        FLOOR        SITE COVER      FOOTPRINT    FOOTPRINT
                        (m2)     AREA (m2)    PARKS)   AREA (m2)         (%)            (m2)         (m2)
                          37,000      18,000       270     57,400            48.65            N/A       18,000




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7.10 Existing and Proposed Buildings
     The accompanying plan illustrates existing, demolished and
     proposed buildings within the campus core.
     The existing, demolished and relocatable buildings have been
     identified based on:
 — the opportunity to retain structurally sound and adaptable
   buildings;
 — the opportunity to demolish buildings which have high
   maintenance costs due to the age of the building/s; and
 — the opportunity to replan areas which are occupied by
   demountable/ relocatable structures.
     The proposed buildings have been located according to the
     project objectives, vision and design principles, established in
     the preceeding sections of this report.




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                                                                        Existing and Proposed Building Plan
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                     7.11 Street Network
                          The street will have a significant influence on the character of the
                          spaces. The accompanying plan establishes a street network within
                          the campus core, including:
                      — Main Street;
                      — The Boulevard;
                      — The Avenue; and
                      — University Mews.
                          The photographs provide an illustrative example of these streets.
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                         The Boulevard                                                                                 University Mews
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7.12 Bicycle/ Pedestrian Hierarchy
     The bicycle/ pedestrian hierarchy is based on the intention to
     focus the ‘activity’ to the street network. However, there will
     be interconnections between buildings and precincts. These
     interconnections will be identified during the subsequent and
     detailed ‘precinct planning’ for the campus.
     Primary Route
     The primary route will carry the majority of cyclists and
     pedestrians entering and exiting the site. These generally
     correspond with James Cook Drive.
     Secondary Routes
     The secondary routes are generally associated with lower traffic
     volumes. These include the ‘internal’ configuration for the
     Academic Core and an outer ring road.
     Tertiary Routes
     The tertiary routes are characterised by low traffic volumes and
     include areas where residential uses are proposed.

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                     7.13 The Experiences
                          The experiences are the key elements of the master plan that will
                          combine to create a unique identity and address for University
                          Village and ensure its success as an emerging quarter of Townsville.
                          These elements are:
                      — Landscape;
                      — The Boulevard;
                      — Main Street;
                      — The Spine;
                      — Courtyards;
                      — Library Forecourt;
                      — Movement System; and
                      — Infrastructure.




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                                                                                                 Locality plan for the experiences
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7.13.1    Landscape                                                Water                                                                 Legibility
The Dry Tropics                                                    Water has the ability to calm and cool the mind. Water in the wet     To use a space one needs to be able to navigate through it.
The dry tropical climate and landform of the Townsville region     tropics is ephemeral and has the ability to change the harshest       Within the landscape, recognisable landmarks are key to
is a unique and picturesque landscape. Rugged mountains            brown landscape into one of soothing green.                           identifying places. Landmark campus tree species will be a
contrast against lowland forests and coastal plains. High          Juxtaposition is strong with water dissecting the landscape           common thread sewing the landscape, pathways and roads
intensity, infrequent rainfall; tropical sunshine and cooling      in this sense. A lush, cool experience is felt close to water,        together. Similarly, unique tree species to individual precincts
breezes blowing regularly off the ocean, influence the region’s    bringing great relief from the persistent heat. The juxtaposition     will help develop differences between precincts. Other landscape
climate. Harnessing these qualities improves the useability of     and perceived cooling influence is to be a key element in the         elements including signage are required key entry places. A
outdoor spaces.                                                    landscape design of the University Village.                           sense of arrival is key at the gateway entry points to University
                                                                                                                                         Village. Signage and a distinctive plant palette will facilitate this.
Shade
                                                                                                                                         Visual recognition of elements outside of the site is important in
The provision of shade in the landscape through large canopy                                                                             maintaining geographic recognition of space and time. Thus the
trees provide the required sun protection, while moisture                                                                                maintaining of views out of the site is paramount in landscape
evaporating from plant foliage reduces air temperature. At                                                                               layout and design. Landscape elements should focus and frame
James Cook University Village large shade tree plantings are                                                                             views to elements of importance.
the key part of using outdoor spaces comfortably and living life
outdoors in the dry tropics of Townsville. The plant species                                                                             Robustness
selected are generally indigenous, from the Townsville City        Ordered Nature of the Urban Landscape                                 A flexible landscape that allows for multi-functional use is
Council preferred plant list in consultation with James Cook                                                                             required for groups and individual contemplation. Landscape
University, and are strong performers in severe wind events.       An urban landscape requires order and structure to function           furniture elements should be designed to be used for more than
                                                                   appropriately. Human scale, shade and amenity is required for         one function, i.e. seats should be able to used as tables, study         SECTION
                                                                   comfortable pedestrian use, interaction and movement. Within          rest spots, performance spaces or lounges.
                                                                   the university’s heart, a formal landscape will help accentuate its
                                                                   urbanity, educational function and assist in way finding.             Safety                                                                   07
                                                                                                                                         A public landscape needs to be safe. Adequate landscape lighting
                                                                   A Clear Intervention in the Natural Landscape
                                                                                                                                         is required to minimise ‘dark corners’ and allow for safe use at
                                                                   The rugged beauty of the landscape surroundings the Village           night. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
                                                                   is stunning. A landscape within the Village that contrasts with       principles of canopy trees and low groundcovers will need to be
                                                                   local elements to create shade and a clear distinction between        adopted though the landscape. This will enhance the strong urban
                                                                   the natural environment will result in a unique and picturesque       design agenda that will encourage building users to overlook the
                                                                   place. The random nature of the landscape combined with               public realm.
                                                                   its exaggerated scale will contrast with the university’s urban
                                                                   qualities and human scale.
                                                                   Further contrast is established with random trails of green flowing
                                                                   through the campus along the creek lines.

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                           Landscape Structure
                                                                                                               THE LEGEND
                           The structure of landscape spaces is ordered around a hierarchy of landscape
                           spaces. The hierarchy is classified by plant species, level of amenity,                Entry Node
                                                                                                                                                                                    MIBA               CREATIVE GATEWAY
                           furniture and landscape finishes. The hierarchy is divided as follows.                 Precinct Entry node
                     (1)   Primary Landscape. Consists of high quality finishes and signature large               Primary Landscape
                           shade trees. These areas are urban in character and located at the heart of            Secondary Landscape                       MEDIUM DENSITY
                           the campus. High quality public art installations will be found within these           Tertiary Landscape                         RESIDENTIAL LEARNING                                      BIO-MEDICAL
                           spaces. There will be subtle difference in appearance depending upon                                                                                                     TOWN CENTRE
                           exact location, use and context. Themed gardens featuring indigenous food              Hinterland Landscape                                                 SPORT
                           species/dry tropical plant species may be appropriate with a courtyard setting.        Informal Open Recreation Space
                     (2)   Secondary Landscape Spaces. Are a blend of urban and natural                           Informal Riparian Link
                           characteristics. They will be composed of a mix of high and medium quality             Landscape Spine
                           finishes. Landscape furniture and art installations will be found within these         Tropical Informal Street Tree Plantings
                           spaces.                                                                                Tropical Formal Street Tree Plantings
                     (3)   Tertiary Landscape Spaces. Are areas with a strong natural character. They
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     UNIVERSITY
                           will be typically residential or natural areas surrounding the campus. These                                                                               UNIVERSITY         UNIVERSITY CENTRAL
                           spaces form a transition into the Hinterland landscape.                                                                                                    RESIDENTIAL                                      EAST
                     (4)   Hinterland Landscape Spaces. This landscape comprises the natural dry
                           open forest that exists on the raised ridges to the southern portion and outer
                           rim of the University Village. This landscape is to be maintained as a scenic
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                           backdrop to the Village.
                     (5)   An informal riparian link flows through the Village and in parts contrasts with
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                           significance and should be maintained in a natural state through the village.                                                                                              MEDIUM DENSITY
                           The creek influences the character of the precincts, streets and nodes through                                                                                              RESIDENTIAL
                                                                                                                                                                                    RESIDENTIAL
                           these regions. Part of the western creek is man made. It would therefore                               HINTERLAND
                           be appropriate to explore opportunities for modifying and enhancing the
                           qualitities of this corridor, improving visual and physical access to it.
                           The configuration of all spaces should encourage views and links to be                                                                                                       RESIDENTIAL
                           maximised throughout the site helping to increase site legibility and protect
                           vegetative fauna links.
                           Streets trees throughout the Village are classified as either formal or informal.                                                                                                                                      HINTERLAND
                           Formal plantings should create an ‘avenue effect.’ Informal plantings should
                           be spaced unevenly and planted in groups.
                           The landscape Spine is at the centre of the Village. It should create a series
                           of experiences through formal and informal parts of the campus.                         Landscape Structure Plan
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The Spine Structure                                                         The Park
The Spine                                                                   The park will have an urban character. It will be an extension of the
                                                                            main street in landscape finishes and experience. The space will
The green spine open space area will act to unite the University Village.   be comfortable, vibrant and safe. The space will provide a series of
The spine will link the Medium Density Residential with the Creative        experiences from passive to active. Copses of spreading canopy trees,
Gateway, thus creating a link thorough University Central and the Town      lawn mounding, high quality pavement, furniture and seating walls
Centre.                                                                     will contribute to an attractive setting. Even within the tropical formal
The spine will be strongly defined by large shade trees and strong          landscape of the spine at the heart of the campus, native fauna will feel
planting design. The shade trees will provide understorey protection        comfortable to graze within these spaces.
for eye catching, coloured and textured plantings. Landscape art and
sculpture could add visual interest, meaning and structure helping to
define spaces. High quality pavements, seating walls and customised
furniture will provide the necessary amenity. At regular intervals the
landscape configuration will have different themes.
                                                                            The Library Forecourt
                                                                            The court will be formal in configuration and will establish an urban
                                                                            setting. The formality of the court juxtaposes the natural disorder of
                                                                            adjacent landscape themes.
                                                                            A vibrant and active space, the court will cater for large groups and
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                                                                            ceremonial practices. High quality pavements, furniture, and seating
The Creek
A forest exists in the riparian zone of the creek. Dry rainforest
                                                                            walls will extend to adjacent spaces.
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vegetation is present along the creek edges. The creek is a natural,
though inaccessible link through an urban environment developing a
unique sense of place. The species found naturally along this corridor
will be reinforced and will be extend into the urban environment to
establish a fauna habitat and a cool oasis in the University Village.
The creek could incorporate a sizeable water body as a celebration of
the water within the spine.
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                                                                                  Tropical Formal Landscape configuration
                                                                                  Tropical Informal Landscape configuration
                                                                                  Zone of Transition
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                     Typical Landscape Treatments

                                                                                                        Botanical Name Common Name                                                                       HARD LANDSCAPE TREATMENTS

                                                                                  primary landscape space                          University Central - Town Centre - Creative Gateway - Mixed
                                                                                                                                                               Industry and Business Activities
                                                                                                01                  Ficus spp.     Fig
                                                                                                02   Casuarina cunninghamiana      River She-oak
                                                                                                03            Asplenium nidus      Birds Nest Fern
                                                                                                04       Brachychiton discolor     Lacebark
                                                                                                05        Beaucarnea recurvata     Pony-Tail
                                                                                                06   Araucaria cunninghamiana      Hoop Pine


                            01             02         03                  04          05   06


                                                                                secondary landscape space                           Medium Density Residential - Learning - Biomedical - Sport
                                                                                                                                                                        - University Residential
                                                                                                01     Calophyllum inophyllum      Tamanu
                                                                                                02         Elaeocarpus grandis     Blue Quandong
                                                                                                03            Dianella caerulea    Flax Lilly
                                                                                                04               Juncus usiatis    Sedge
                                                                                                05        Alstonia actinophylla    White Cheesewood




                            01              02                  03               04        05
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                                                            tertiary+ hinterland landscape space                                                            Residential - Hinterland - University East

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                                                                                                02
                                                                                                                  Cycus media
                                                                                                            Flindersia australis
                                                                                                                                   Cycad
                                                                                                                                   Crows Ash
                                                                                                03   Haemodorum corymbosum         Scarlet Bloodroot
                                                                                                04              Aidia racemosa     Archer Cherry
                                                                                                05    Lophostemon grandiflorus     Northern Swamp Box


                           01                    02                  03          04        05


                                      James Cook University Village Iconic Plant Species                                                                       Snapshot landscape character images
                                                                                                01           Adansonia gregorii    Boab Tree
                                                                                                02         Acacia leptostachya     Townville Wattle
                                                                                                03             Eucalyptus spp.     Mixed species
                                                                                                04       Melaleuca leucadendra     Broad Leaved Paperbark
                                                                                                05            Themeda triandra     Kangaroo Grass
                                                                                                06           Xanthorrhoea spp.     Grass Tree
                                 01         02             03              04         05   06                                                                                                            university central   town centre   sports fields residential
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7.13.2    Entry Boulevard
The Entry Boulevard will contribute to the entrance statement
for the campus, and it will represent the expression of the
University Village. Significant shade trees, with median
planting, generous footpaths, and buildings fronting James
Cook Drive will activate the street edge while facilitating an
attractive engaging pedestrian environment.




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                         7.13.3    Main Street
                         The Main Street will be a vibrant focal point for the campus
                         based upon vehicle/ pedestrian activity and lifestyle experiences.
                         In addition the main street represents an ‘urban’ environment
                         different to the surrounding suburban centres.                            THE GREAT HALL              ART GALLERY

                         The Main Street will contain a wide mix of uses that will generate a
                         high level of activity with priority given to pedestrian amenity. Uses
                         such as ground level retail, and commercial and residential above
                         ground level will be encouraged. This will also be a sought after
                         address for medium density residential development. Public art
                         and landscaping are to be used to enhance the setting.                   Section B-B




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7.13.4    The Spine
The Spine will provide for a pedestrian friendly environment
                                                                                                    COMMERCIAL
within a themed landscape setting. Parts of the spine will
incorporate formal avenue planting of large shade trees
combined with understorey planting, and varied pavement                                             COMMERCIAL
treatments will delineate zones of activity. Other parts of the
spine will be more organic with a strong natural character. Well                                    COMMERCIAL
placed seating, drinking fountains and public art will provide                        ART GALLERY
a stimulating human scale environment conducive to student
                                                                                                    COMMERCIAL
meetings, strolling, conversation, reading and other recreational         ACADEMIC
activities as well as allowing for pedestrian and bike movements
required as part of the lecture/ study programs.                                                     RETAIL




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                         7.13.5    Library Forecourt
                         The Library Forecourt is intended to become the
                         ‘ceremonial heart’ of the university campus. It will
                         become a familiar space for past and present students and
                         staff, while also a marketspace on weekends.
                         With a new shady and cool forecourt the library will remain
                         a great place to meet people. The space could incorporate
                         pieces of public art. The sound and images of the nearby
                         water body will add tranquility and serenity to the space. It
                         will also be a place of ceremony, learning, thinking and
                         contemplation.




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7.13.6    The Courtyards
Courtyards will be located throughout the Academic Core.
These spaces will be connection points between campus
precincts as well as shady outdoor rooms where students,
staff and workers may retreat. These spaces could incorporate
themed gardens. High quality pavements, grass mounds and
customised furniture will provide necessary amenity.
The Courtyards will be themed in appearance depending upon
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                         7.13.7    Movement System                                               Parking                                                                The Master Plan aims to achieve the following features.
                         Roads and Traffic                                                       JCU is in the process of developing a new parking plan and the         Each developable portion of land will supplement the street parking.
                         While detailed traffic analysis has not been undertaken the             key elements of this plan will merge with the UV plan. The basic       In the academic core area parking capacity will be required to
                         following traffic volumes are considered likely at the connection       parameters of the plan include the following.                          increase to cover the projected student population increase over
                         points to the greater Townsville system.                            — The provision of parking has substantial cost to JCU. A measure of       the next 20 years. Current available parking is in the order of 3,060
                                                                                               user pays is anticipated as, apart from financial considerations, free   spaces (plus 528 spaces in the colleges). It is envisaged that this
                          Angus Smith Drive                          25,000 Vpd                                                                                         master plan will deliver in the order of 3,700 spaces.
                                                                                               parking has an element of inequity in that non car users effectively
                          Discovery Drive                            15,000 Vpd                subsidise car users through their university fees.                       There is sufficient space within the core for at-grade parking to be
                          Parkinson Road                             10,000 Vpd              — Low cost, all day parking will always be available for staff and         used but James Cook University is continually reviewing the parking
                         Angus Smith Drive and Discovery Drive would be Sub-Arterial           students but it may be some distance from major destinations and         options to maximise choice, availability and minimise cost.
                         Roads with the link roads within University Village being Major       commercial areas.
                         Collectors.                                                         — Parking arrangements close to major destinations will favour short
                         Sub-Arterial roads will have a minimum corridor width of 30           term users.
                         metres that will provide for two 6 metre wide road carriageways     — Customer parking will be available for commercial areas, with costs
                         separated by a 5 metre wide median. On both sides of the              of provision to be met by tenants.
                         roads there will be a 600 mm kerb and a 5.9 metre verge in
                         which a footpath can be established.                                    JCU has and will continue to work with Queensland Transport in the
                                                                                                 TravelSmart program aimed at reducing the number of car journeys
                         Major Collector roads will have a minimum corridor width of             by encouraging public transport, shared car usage and pedestrian
                         20 metres that will provide for a 9 metre wide road carriageway.        and cycle journeys. Success in this area will lead to reduced
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                         On both sides of the roads there will be a 600 mm kerb and a            demand for car parking, reduced congestion and reduced energy
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                         4.9 metre verge in which a footpath can be established.                 consumption, plus health gains for those who choose the cycle/
                                                                                                 pedestrian option.




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                        7.13.8     Infrastructure
                        The proposed layouts and indicative development densities detailed have
                        been used to estimate relevant population data, and to determine the
                        changes to infrastructure and services required to support this layout.
                        Water Supply
                        The fully developed Master Plan (based on the academic core being
                        expanded to provide approximately 142,000 sqm of GFA) will provide an
                        equivalent population (EP) of approximately 8500. With Townsville City
                        Council taking over the water supply assets, they are unlikely to accept
                        responsibility for the current pressurised system. They would require a
                        dedicated pump system to an appropriately sized reservoir, which then
                        feeds the reticulation system.
                        For the fully developed layout the required total reservoir capacity is
                        approximately 9.1 ML located on a pad at approximate RL 90. This could
                        be located immediately above the existing 1.55 ML reservoir. Trunk
                        reticulation mains would then be required around the development area.
                        The existing pump station would be required to be upgraded to a 165
                        litre/ second pump capacity discharging directly to the new reservoir.
                        There is potential to stage the required works utilising the existing
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                        Sewerage
                        The fully developed Master Plan (based on the academic core being
                        expanded to provide approximately 142,000 sqm of GFA) will provide an
                        equivalent population of approximately 8700. The currently estimated EP
                        entering the sewerage system at the top end of the south western trunk
                        (SWT) sewer is 1500.
                        Discussions with Townsville City Council and a review of the catchments
                        feeding into the top end of the SWT sewer indicate that with the proposed
                        ultimate population in University Village, the capacity of the 375mm
                        section of the SWT sewer will be exceeded. Therefore any sewerage
                        flows from new development in the area are required to be moved to a
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A trunk sewer network will be constructed throughout the                    The above works are required to handle 50 year Average
University Village site. The land is generally sloping to the               Recurrence Internal events. In order to achieve the desired
north and a conventional gravity system is proposed. One                    environmental outcomes for this development, it is proposed
pump station may be required at the north western corner of the             that Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) principles will be
entire site as this area is unlikely to be able to gravitate into the       used.
existing pump station serving the Western Campus.                           These include:
The connection manhole is located within Defence Land, and              — protecting natural systems;
the sewer connecting the University to this manhole will be
constructed in Defence Land, so approval from Defence will              — integrating stormwater treatment into the landscape;
need to be sought.                                                      — protecting water quality;
Stormwater Drainage                                                     — reducing runoff and peak flows; and
There are two primary drainage systems across the University            — adding value while minimising development costs.
Village site. University Creek to the Eastern side of the site and
                                                                            Some measures that could be included on this “Greenfield” site
an un-named creek to the West, which was previously redirected
                                                                            include:
to run through the middle of the Academic Core.
                                                                        — litter traps;
Smaller catchment areas are located on the Upper North
Western corner of the site. This area’s undeveloped land has            — swales;
multiple gullies and drainage paths all draining to a series of         — infiltration trenches;
culverts under Angus Smith Drive and the Ring Road. As this
area is developed, a series of stormwater drainage paths and            — bio-retention systems;
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easements will be set up. The culverts have been sized to take          — wetlands;
50 years Average Recurrence Interval storm events.
Given the size of the two primary drainage systems, their
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                                                                        — rainwater tanks.
contributing catchments are very large, with University Creek
at the confluence of the two upper branches adjacent to                     Electrical
the Facilities Management Office, having a catchment area                   A large electrical substation is located at the Northern edge of
approximately 325ha in size. The current layout considers the               the University site. This substation has recently been linked to
area between the two upper arms of University Creek and the                 two additional substations near Lavarack Barracks and Kirwan
area to the west as Academic Core area where fieldwork will take            respectively.
place.
                                                                            It is understood that these stations are likely to be able to
On the “western” creek, preliminary calculations indicate that              accommodate the proposed University Village layout, but this
a small detention system is likely to be required just prior to             has not been confirmed by Ergon.
crossing the Ring Road. When the creeks combine around
Tropical Veterinary Science, it is also likely that a small
detention system will be required.
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                     8    The Delivery Framework                                                   — The Compliance Check (CC) stage ensures that constructed
                                                                                                     buildings have incorporated the requirements of the Design
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Design Guidelines
                                                                                                     Guidelines and capture the finer building details.                                           The Strategic Design Guidelines, contained in Chapter 10, will
                     8.1 Planning Process, Governance and Implementation                                                                                                                          ensure the design and development of buildings and spaces support
                          The objective of the governance and implementation framework is                                                                                                         the vision for University Village.
                          to provide an organisational structure for project implementation
                          and the nature and extent of the roles and responsibilities of the
                          parties involved.
                          This section proposes a planning process and governance structure
                          together with the systems and processes that could be adopted for                                                          Master Plan
                          project implementation.
                          The suggested model is based on previous project experience
                          and takes account of the need to provide leadership and authority                                                  Preliminary Approval Application
                          balanced with accountability, probity and transparency in the                                                               (Master Plan)
                          delivery of the project.

                                                                                                                                          Site Specific Design Requirements
                          Planning Process
                          The suggested model for the planning process is illustrated in the
                                                                                                          For Each Development Proposal
                          adjoining figure.                                                                                                                                            Sketch Design (SD) Stage
                          A Preliminary Approval Application could be made to Townsville




                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Design Review Process
                          City Council for the land uses (in principle) on the master plan.
                          Site Specific Design Requirements could be prepared for each                                                                                                Pre - Development Application
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                          ‘super lot’ to provide a detailed framework for proponents.                                                                                                        (Pre - DA) Stage

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                          the following stages.                                                                                                      Development Application (Townsville City Council)
                      — The Sketch Design (SD) stage to ensure the proposal is heading in
                        the right direction.
                      — The Pre-Development Application (Pre-DA) for review and approval                                                                                             Developed Design (DD) Stage
                        prior to formal DA submission.
                      — The Developed Design (DD) stage in which the proponent
                        demonstrates the proposed constructed building is designed in                                                                                               Compliance Check (CC) Stage
                        accordance with the previous approvals and illustrates how the
                        proposal achieves the requirements of the Design Guidelines.
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    Effective Governance                                                Executive Level                                                              To ensure that the ‘whole of project’ outcomes are achieved,
                                                                                                                                                     it may be necessary to invite other stakeholders to attend the
     Governance is the set of processes, customs, policies,             The executive level is the collaborative framework for the project           PCGs in a non executive capacity. It is recommended that the
     regulations and institutions affecting the way the project is      participants allowing them a forum to think holistically and act             Local Authority should be invited to have a senior level officer in
     delivered. It also establishes accountability and authority and    collaboratively in the best interest of the University Village.              attendance, to aid the relationship between the property owner
     the relationships among the many agents involved as well as the
                                                                        It brings together the key stakeholders in a high level Project              and the Local Authority, and assist informed decision making
     project goals which guide implementation.
                                                                        Control Group (PCG), responsible for the strategic direction of              both strategically and operationally.
     Elements of project governance for UV will be:                     the development. It should not deal with operational decision                The role of the PCG can be summarised as:
— project leaders committed to the vision and delivery of project       making.
                                                                                                                                                 — guardian of the vision and proposition;
  goals;                                                                The authority of the executive level is derived from endorsement
— a well documented governance structure supported by position          by the boards of control of the project particpants of the project       — project champion communicating and promoting the project to
  descriptions and consultant briefs which unambiguously specify        vision and the direction of the University Village Master Plan.            external audiences;
  responsibilities;                                                                                                                              — provide a vehicle for strategic decision making;
                                                                        The Project Control Group (PCG)
— accountabilities and authority levels clearly documented;
                                                                        The PCG could drive the delivery of development to achieve the           — endorse recommendations for action;
— project participants aligned to the UV project vision;                shared vision for JCU - University Village.
                                                                                                                                                 — forum for information exchange between parties;
— transparent procurement processes directed to achieving               It directly controls all project activity, and receives status reports
  maximum value for the project;                                        relating to the project activities.                                      — budget control and cost and value monitoring;
— a definition of value which is not exclusively financial in that it   This group could also be responsible for all non fiscal project          — project review – monitor progress and delivery of desired outcomes;
  also takes account of social and environmental values;                risk, ensuring that efficient systems are in place for effective           and
— open communication and dissemination of information.                  monitoring, measurement and accountability.
                                                                                                                                                 — monitor and guide external stakeholder relationships.
— a recognition that all project participants contribute value
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  responsibility and a commitment to acknowledge such
  contributions;
— respect for diverse opinions with decisions taken on the basis of
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  reliable information, consultation and a consideration of social,
  environmental and financial effects; and
— adequate project budgets to ensure project goals are achievable.

    Decision Making Models
     One model for decision making in the project has two layers;
     the executive (or decision making level) and the secretariat
     (implementation level). This model is outlined below.
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                         The Secretariat                                                         Project Implementation Committee                                            Design Review Committee
                         The secretariat is the implementation arm of the project and            The Project Implementation Committee (PIC) could manage and                 Initially, to control the quality and consistency of the design output
                         comprises the Project Director (PD) and the dedicated services of a     co-ordinate the project subject to the direction of the Project             for University Village a set of strategic design guidelines have been
                         Project Coordinator (PC) and a Community Development Manager            Control Group.                                                              established.
                         (CDM).                                                                  The PIC meetings will be chaired by an independent project                  The Design Review Committee ensures that the Design Guidelines
                         An independent Project Director could be appointed to co-ordinate       coordinator and its membership consists of a representative from            for University Village are developed in detail and are consistently
                         and control the project at the direction of the PCG. The primary        JCU and any relevant consultants, as required. The Project Director         applied throughout the development and updated as required to
                         objective of the role is to drive the development, manage the           could also attend monthly PIC meetings.                                     continue to support the Vision.
                         decision making process and ensure the vision is turned into reality.   During the development period, it may be appropriate to include             The DRC would include representatives with expertise in ESD,
                         The Project Co-ordinator could have operational responsibility for      representation from the projects under construction for a proportion        possibly nominated by the Centre for Excellence in Tropical Design.
                         the site and the implementation of the strategic decisions taken        of the meeting to allow on site co-ordination and encourage good            It is recommended that this process be evolved to include greater
                         by the PCG that relate to contractors, construction and operational     channels of communication.                                                  integration with the Design Review Committee at the Request for
                         budgets. This role primarily co-ordinates the work load of the                                                                                      Offer, DA and Approved for Construction stages.
                         Project Implementation Committee and Design Review Committee.
                         The Community Development Manager could have responsibility for                                                                                          Vision
                         the social, civic and community fabric for University Village and is
                         charged with the responsibility of establishing a community identity
                         and fostering a sense of community spirit.
                                                                                                                                                                           Integrated Master Plan
                         Together, the secretariat team could champion the project vision,
                         manage the delivery of the project outcomes, and co-ordinate the
                         execution of the master plan strategies and the Precinct Planning.                                                Executive                       Project Control Group
                         The secretariat is supported by both the Design Review (DRC) and                                                                                     James Cook University

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                                                                                                                                                                              Project Director




                                                                                                                                                              Community                               Project Coordinator
                                                                                                                                                             Development
                                                                                                                                                               Manager                  Project                           Design Review
                                                                                                                                                                                    Implementation                         Committee
                                                                                                                                                                                      Committee


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8.2 Site Specific Design Requirements (SSDR)                               — The ecology of the site and surrounds.                                 — that the proposal does not prejudice the development of
                                                                           — Topography – contours and levels.                                        adjoining sites by shifting unreasonable costs of infrastructure
      The SSDR are an integral part of defining the finer grain of
                                                                                                                                                      on to adjoining properties, such as parks, and stormwater
      the master plan.                                                     — Existing street network and intersections, and their treatment and       management facilities.
      The SSDR should identify the elements of the locality                  public transport routes and their stops.
      surrounding a development that can impact on the planning            — Existing structures, adjoining land uses and approvals on                  Step 4 – Documenting the SSDR
      and design of the site. It must be clear how the proposed              surrounding sites.                                                          The SSDR design, including land use allocation, movement
      development will integrate with the surrounding community and
                                                                           — Location of existing and proposed pedestrian and cyclist paths.             system design, and open space and park network provision,
      with the existing and proposed parks, service and infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                         must actively promote the intent of the precinct. Information
      networks and the movement system (road network, public
                                                                               Step 2 – Identification of site characteristics                           contained on the SSDR is to be prepared at a maximum scale of
      transport facilities and pedestrian and cycle paths) within and
                                                                                                                                                         1:2000.
      connected to James Cook University.                                      Local site characteristics that must be identified prior to
                                                                               preparing the SSDR include waterway corridors, habitats and               The SSDR should contain the degree of detail appropriate to the
      The scope of the SSDR is to be tailored to match the scale and
                                                                               ecological corridors and landscape features. Townsville City              particular proposal and its circumstances and at a minimum
      likely impact of the proposed development, and depends on:
                                                                               Council’s City Plan 2005 broadly maps these features, however,            map and report on:
 — the nature and extent of the issues associated with the site and            detailed studies will be required as part of the SSDR process.       — appropriate lot or dwelling yield for each part of the site
   immediate locality surrounding the site, such as environment,               These site characteristics must be identified and mapped as            (density);
   land uses, availability of infrastructure, topographical features,          these implications could affect potential land uses, yield and/ or
   movement systems, natural features and existing character; and              design considerations.                                               — location of each proposed land use, including where applicable,
                                                                                                                                                      the extent of facilities proposed such as community facilities,
 — The nature and extent of the proposal, its uses and the staging
                                                                               Step 3 – Analysis of site characteristics                              centres, and employment;
   of development and external impacts such as stormwater quality
   and quantity management, traffic generation, public transport               Once the site characteristics have been identified they must         — how and where physical infrastructure is to be provided,
   availability, infrastructure capacity, wildlife corridor linkages and       inform a sensitive and considered design approach.                     consistent with the Masterplan e.g. water, sewerage and
   social impacts.                                                                                                                                    stormwater;
                                                                               The SSDR documentation must demonstrate integration,
      The more constrained the site, the greater the level of detail           namely:                                                              — general location and size of parks including networks, consistent    SECTION

      required to accompany the proposal.                                                                                                             with the Masterplan;

     Preparing the SSDR
                                                                           — compatibility of surrounding uses (existing and proposed) with
                                                                             the proposed use/s;                                                    — existing and proposed pedestrian and cyclist connections,            08
                                                                                                                                                      consistent with the Masterplan;
      The steps that should be followed and information provided when      — how the proposal fits into the overall road hierarchy and
                                                                             transport network and how the street network will encourage the        — existing and proposed road network, consistent with the
      preparing the SSDR are outlined below.                                                                                                          Masterplan road hierarchy;
                                                                             emergence of a co-ordinated precinct;
     Step 1 – Site and context assessment                                  — that consideration has been given to the potential for the             — existing and proposed public transport routes and stops;
      Prior to preparing the SSDR an assessment of the site and its          subdivision and co-ordinated and integrated development of             — detailed design guidelines, consistent with the Strategic Design
      context must be undertaken and a site description of the land          adjoining areas; and                                                     Guidelines of the Masterplan;
      prepared, supported by a map containing the following features                                                                                — proposed staging of the development; and
      as a minimum.                                                                                                                                 — effects on environment, ecology and ESD considerations.
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                         8.3        Staging Plan
                         The University Village Master Plan provides for a 20 year time horizon
                         with implementation of the development occurring on a staged basis.
                         The requirement to provide new infrastructure and roads within the site
                         will be driven in response to market demand and requirements for the
                         delivery of the University’s academic and research programs.
                         The following staging plan shows an indicative sequencing of the
                         development of the site based on the progressive implementation of
                         infrastructure services in a logical manner. The timing of stages cannot
                         be defined as they will be subject to changing market conditions over
                         time.
                         The detailed planning and development of the academic core is driven
                         by the market, planning objectives and the delivery framework. The
                         accompanying staging plan for the academic core, is based on the
                         planning objectives alone.
                         The overarching ‘phases’ are based on the ability for the campus to
                         generate activity and interest close to the public frontage to the site.
                         Therefore, appropriate development within Phase 1 should be developed
                         whenever possible.
                         The areas identified as high priority are based on:
                     — the early establishment of a main street and town heart;
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                       School of Creative Arts;
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                     — adding to existing infrastructure such as Library forecourt.
                         The areas identified as medium priority include planning and
                         constructing of The Avenues and associated arbours. In addition, the
                         Mixed Use and Commercial Precinct and adjoining frontage land with
                         the Townsville Hospital.
                         The areas identified as low priority are academic areas where the
                         building/ priority areas are unknown. Development within these areas
                         will largely occur as required.
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9   Master Plan Strategies                                              Goal 1:                          Establish a clear urban framework for the University Village that optimises the physical, virtual and social links with the surrounding
                                                                        Spatial Framework                neighbourhoods, existing JCU campus and Townsville city.

    A set of goals are proposed which reinforce the vision and          Goal 2:                          Position the University Village as a dynamic and vibrant quarter of the city with a strong sense of place and cultural identity.
    proposition for University Village.                                 Identity and Urban Performance
    These goals, together with their corresponding desired
                                                                        Goal 3:                          Promote excellence in tropical design, establishing the University Village as an exemplar of ESD in the tropics and as a vibrant,
    outcomes, provide a suggested path to achieve the Master Plan.
                                                                        Tropical Design                  interesting, richly layered and inclusive place.
    They are supported by a series of implementation strategies
    which map how these results may be achieved through an              Goal 4:                          Establish a planning framework in partnership with Townsville City Council and supported by the project participants, which encourages
    inclusive and collaborative approach.                               Planning                         innovative solutions and allows the vision for the University Village to be achieved.
    The target end dates and requirements will be developed by
    JCU. A review programme of the Strategies will need to be           Goal 5:                          Acknowledge and respond to the heritage characteristics of James Cook University, interpreting its indigenous culture, contribution to
    agreed to ensure that the Strategies remain accurate and relevant   Heritage                         European history and longstanding educational connections.
    during implementation.
                                                                        Goal 6:                          Incorporate the principles of environmentally sustainable development (triple bottom line) through the design, construction and
                                                                        Sustainability (Ecology)         operations, and minimising the ecological footprint of University Village.

                                                                        Goal 7:                          Promote and harness innovation, stimulate enterprise and enrich employment opportunities.
                                                                        Economic Development

                                                                        Goal 8:                          Create safe neighbourhoods which champion equality of opportunity and focus on increasing both social capital and individual capacity.
                                                                        Social Benefit

                                                                        Goal 9:                          Develop University Village as a mini university town with a sense of community by using facilities, spaces, events and technology to
                                                                        Community Development            deliver experiences that enrich Village life and the University.

                                                                        Goal 10:                         Ensure that people using University Village can be less reliant on cars.
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                                                                        Goal 11:
                                                                        ICT
                                                                                                         Enable a viable and enduring connected community, enhanced by continuing innovations in infrastructure Communications Technology
                                                                                                         (ICT).
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                                                                        Goal 12:                         Use University Village as a living research laboratory to improve social and urban outcomes across North Queensland.
                                                                        Research

                                                                        Goal 13:                         Deliver the master plan and associated strategies in a collaborative way, led by the Facilities Management Office of the University,
                                                                        Delivery                         supported by a dedicated delivery team.
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                         Goal One: Spatial Framework                                              Measurement
                                                                                                  University Village being publicly acknowledged as a successful
                                                                                                  example of urban renewal and effectively integrated into the
                          Establish a clear urban framework for the University Village that       surrounding fabric of Townsville City.
                          optimises the physical, virtual and social links with the surrounding
                          neighbourhoods, existing JCU campus and Townsville city.

                         Context
                          A well-defined spatial framework which is informed by the vision
                          and provides a template that guides all aspects of the development.
                          It promotes strong and legible connections between elements
                          within University Village and with the surrounding neighbourhoods.

                         Desired Outcomes
                     1.1 A physical and visual presence for JCU both on Angus Smith Drive
                         and Bruce Highway bypass.
                     1.2 A ‘Main Street’ environment with a mixture of uses and strong urban
                         form.
                     1.3 A network of popular parks and urban spaces.
                     1.4 Well-shaded pedestrian links between the university central and the
                         surrounding zones.
                     1.5 Safe, legible, inviting and equitable access to, from and throughout
                         all areas of University Village.
                     1.6 A strong spine which provides the civic structure of the University
           SECTION       Village and connections between commercial, educational,
                         community and residential land use.
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                         use throughout University Village.
                     1.8 Natural features and qualities of the area which are recognisable as
                         integral parts of the urban fabric and set the basis for the character
                         of University Village.


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1.1   A physical and visual presence for    1.1.1   Deliver high quality built form and business and commercial precincts along the Angus Smith Drive and Highway bypass as a frontage to University Village.
      JCU both on Angus Smith Drive         1.1.2   Sites with long term development visions are developed with interim uses.
      and Bruce Highway bypass.



1.2   A ‘Main Street’ environment with a    1.2.1   Establish a centre that integrates retail, civic, business, education, community and recreational uses with public transport.
      mixture of uses and strong urban      1.2.2   Integrate main street with public spaces.
      form.
                                            1.2.3   Ensure key tenants are established in centres to encourage other development.
                                            1.2.4   Define a clear zone of character for the town centre area.
                                            1.2.5   Support the delivery of an active ground plane in the Town Central Zone.
                                            1.2.6   Adopt a staged approach to the town centre zone to ensure intensity of activity from the outset.


1.3   A network of popular parks and        1.3.1   Deliver an accessible quality public realm and network of open spaces.
      urban spaces.                         1.3.2   Ensure the public realm is well maintained.
                                            1.3.3   Create a public realm with places for pause, chance meeting and interaction.
                                            1.3.4   Create streets that are pleasant places by using shade, and places to stop and relax and which act as open spaces and links between open spaces.
                                            1.3.5   Manage park spaces including civic events and community recreation programs.


1.4   Well-shaded pedestrian links          1.4.1   Strengthen the pedestrian connection between the Town Central and University Central Zone.
      between the university central and    1.4.2   Promote walkability to reduce the dependence on the vehicle for internal trips.
      the surrounding zones.
                                            1.4.3   Develop a clear strategy for after dark routes to transport interchanges.
                                            1.4.4   Traffic and parking information signs in the Town Centre and University arenas.


1.5   Safe, legible, inviting and           1.5.1   Provide public spaces and streetscapes that exemplify the desired character of an area.
      equitable access to, from and         1.5.2   Clearly identify the external areas the University Village needs to connect with and establish a movement strategy that responds to the identified need.
      throughout all areas of University
      Village.                              1.5.3   Conduct a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) audit of University Village and its key connections.




1.6   A strong spine which provides the     1.6.1   Establish the formal landscaping treatment along the green spine to foster the ceremonial and academic heart.
      civic structure of the University     1.6.2   Deliver locally relevant focal points within discrete communities to engender a sense of identity and place.
      Village and connections between
      commercial, educational,              1.6.3   Influence the nature of future development in the extended site area through the Local Plan (Townsville City Council City Plan 2005) process.
      community and residential land        1.6.4   Integrate with the proposed master plan and developments for the existing JCU campus.
      use.                                  1.6.5   Ensure developers embrace the vision and contribute to its overall delivery.
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1.7   A mix of commercial, educational,
      community and residential land
      use throughout University Village.
                                            1.7.1
                                            1.7.2
                                                    Establish the strategic committee to facilitate the high quality mixed development within University Village.
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                                            1.7.3   Conduct a social infrastructure audit.



1.8   Natural features and qualities of     1.8.1   Provide streets focused on local land marks and open space characteristics (such as Mt Stuart, Magnetic Island) and highlight the riparian zones and watercourses through the site.
      the area which are recognisable as    1.8.2   Ensure open spaces integrate with residential communities and provide physical and visual access to natural environments.
      integral parts of the urban fabric
      and set the basis for the character   1.8.3   Ensure landscaping is responsive to local climate and themed to contribute to character.
      of University Village.                1.8.4   Preserve wildlife corridors to ensure wildlife can move between habitats and to continue the presence of wildlife in the academic core.


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                         Goal Two: Identity and Urban                                              Measurement
                                   Performance                                                     Recognition of JCU University Village in relevant industry reports
                                                                                                   and publications. Achievement of 90 per cent brand penetration
                                                                                                   city wide and 100 per cent with its targeted audiences.

                          Position the University Village as a dynamic and vibrant quarter of
                          the city with a strong sense of place and cultural identity.

                         Context
                          Urban design is the link between built form and spaces, relating the
                          quality of the place to people’s experience of it. A diverse mix of
                          activity also underpins the success of a place and its contribution to
                          its identity.
                          The visual cues that confirm the identity and function of University
                          Village are demonstrated through its gateways, landmarks and
                          streetscapes. This identity must be authentic and believed equally
                          by residents, workers and visitors to create a bond between
                          community members and reinforce a sense of place and local
                          identity.

                         Desired Outcomes
                     2.1 Integration of the university community with the broader Townsville-
                         Thuringowa community.
                     2.2 Active streets as people spaces – lively, interesting, safe and
                         populated, during the day and night.
           SECTION   2.3 University Village is instantly and accurately recognised in the
                         market place through strong brand penetration.
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                         integral parts of the urban fabric and sets the basis for the character
                         of University Village.
                     2.5 Heritage elements recognised in the vision, development and
                         management of University Village and contribute to its authenticity
                         and sense of place.
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2.1   Integration of the university          2.1.1   In all aspects of the project, emphasise University connections to the community through design, marketing and economic and community development.
      community with the broader             2.1.2   Design elements which welcome the broader community and encourage entry to UV to use facilities.
      Townsville-Thuringowa community




2.2   Active streets as people spaces –      2.2.1   Define landscape requirements for each zone of character to achieve this outcome and include in the precinct plans and site specific design requirements.
      lively, interesting, safe and          2.2.2   Reinforce uses which encourage interaction at ground level through the contractual and design review processes.
      populated, during the day and
      night.                                 2.2.3   Commission public art and way finding strategies providing incidental interest and a sense of place throughout the site.
                                             2.2.4   Encourage JCU to put learning activities beyond the lecture theatres into the public spaces.
                                             2.2.5   Devise and implement a community safety program.


2.3   JCU University Village is instantly    2.2.1   Establish a clearly articulated vision and proposition.
      and accurately recognised in the       2.2.2   Develop key messages and images commonly used throughout marketing material.
      market place through strong brand
      penetration.                           2.2.3   Develop combined marketing protocols relating to JCU University Village releases.
                                             2.2.4   Maximise the opportunity for speaking engagements to broadcast the brand.


2.4   The natural features and qualities     2.4.1   Implement the zones of character strategy through development management.
      of the area are recognisable as        2.4.2   Identify a series of core components and signature pieces of public art.
      integral parts of the urban fabric
      and sets the basis for the character   2.4.3   Promote the points of difference strongly in the market place to stimulate demand.
      of University Village.



2.5   Heritage elements recognised in        2.5.1   Devise and implement a visitor strategy for the University Village, taking account of the key attractors and events program.
      the vision, development and            2.5.2   Develop a strategy to link University Village with Townsville wide festivals and activities.
      management of the University
      Village and contribute to its
      authenticity and sense of place.




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                          Goal Three: Tropical Design                                            Measurement
                                                                                                 JCU University Village wins at least one award for urban design
                                                                                                 excellence and secures at least two national architectural awards by
                          Promote excellence in tropical design, establishing the University     2008.
                          Village as an exemplar of ESD in the tropics and as a vibrant,         Influence on development of urban design standards for Townsville
                          interesting, richly layered and inclusive place.                       City Council.

                          Context
                          The built form is the physical, tangible expression of the place and
                          therefore must endorse and support the vision for the University
                          Village.
                          Well designed buildings and spaces attract people, leading to their
                          long term success and enhanced fiscal and social value.
                          The context should inform the design response - the larger the
                          project the greater the potential to create and control its own
                          character.
                          An emphasis on tropical design will enable University Village
                          to become a leader in sustainable design in the tropics with
                          opportunity for research spin-offs. It will also contribute to the
                          cultural identity of the area and form part of its unique character.

                          Desired Outcomes
                      3.1 The built form is acknowledged as reflecting best practice urban
                          design and is recognised as being internationally significant.

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                      3.2 The landscape and buildings within University Village are
                          internationally recognised as being leading examples of tropical
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                      3.3 The philosophy of the design guidelines is adopted in the design
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3.1   The built form is acknowledged as     3.1.1   Ensure tender documents detail the requirements for the zones of character as well as the site specific requirements of design.
      reflecting best practice urban        3.1.2   Signature piece strategy to focus attention on UV.
      design and is recognised as being
      internationally significant.          3.1.3   Develop a program promoting the architecture and design to residents, workers and visitors.
                                            3.1.4   Deliver state of the art examples of appropriate tropical design.


3.2   The landscape and buildings           3.2.1   Deliver academic core buildings with innovative and best practice design elements.
      within University Village are         3.2.2   Encourage research, innovation and prototype development in UV projects which have potential to enhance life in the tropics.
      internationally recognised as being
      leading examples of tropical          3.2.3   Explore the potential for the innovative delivery of a building at University Village.
      design.                               3.2.4   Become a signature project and educational focus for the Centre for Excellence in Tropical Design and sustainable living initiative.
                                            3.2.5   Publish articles in various publications about the philosophy and design intent of University Village.


3.3   The philosophy of the design          3.3.1   Develop design guidelines which enable UV to become a leader in sustainable design in the tropics.
      guidelines is adopted in the design   3.3.2   Implement a proactive/ interactive design management approach to concept and design development stages of key buildings.
      of the buildings at University
      Village.                              3.3.3   The design review committee will not accept poor and non-compliant design.
                                            3.3.4   Align the pre-lodgement process and the design review exercises.
                                            3.3.5   Ensure compliance with the design guidelines is a condition of all relevant contract documents.




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                          Goal Four: Planning                                                   Measurement
                                                                                                A JCU Local Plan is developed with Townsville City Council which
                                                                                                closely reflects the vision and desired outcomes for University
                          Establish a planning framework in partnership with Townsville         Village and is the key instrument driving compliance.
                          City Council and supported by the project participants, which
                          encourages innovative solutions and allows the vision for the
                          University Village to be achieved.

                          Context
                          An effective, efficient and well-defined planning framework that
                          reflects the vision for University Village will support the desired
                          identity and stimulate appropriate development.
                          It is critical that the statutory planning document reflects the
                          University Village vision.
                          The optimum balance of uses and development will best be
                          achieved where the statutory planning framework is closely aligned
                          with the ambition and strategies embodied in the Integrated Master
                          Plan.

                          Desired Outcomes
                      4.1 The planning framework reflects and endorses the vision and intent
                          of JCU University Village Master Plan.
                      4.2 The planning scheme is the development control mechanism for
                          both land uses and urban form outcomes.

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4.1   The planning framework reflects      4.1.1   Work within the Townsville City Council planning team to develop a Local Plan, supporting the vision, ambition and design guidelines of the Master Plan.
      and endorses the vision and intent   4.1.2   Work with Townsville City Council to understand plans for the future development of the surrounding area.
      of JCU University Village Master
      Plan.



4.2   The planning scheme is the           4.2.1   Ensure Townsville City Council (members and senior officers) are fully supportive of the vision and intent driving the Integrated Master Plan for JCU University Village.
      development control mechanism        4.2.2   Make the City Plan a major instrument for implementing the vision for the University Village.
      for both land uses and urban form
      outcomes.                            4.2.3   Adopt and promote and, where necessary, influence as many Townsville City Council codes as practicable.
                                           4.2.4   Facilitate Townsville City Council changing their codes or establishing new ones as necessary.




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                          Goal Five:           Heritage                                           Measurement
                                                                                                  University Village is included in the Townsville Heritage trail,
                                                                                                  supported by the interactive digital medium and real time project
                          Acknowledge and respond to the heritage characteristics of James        history.
                          Cook University, interpreting its indigenous culture, contribution to
                          European history and longstanding educational connections.

                          Context
                          The site’s unique and colourful history is an important part of its
                          character.
                          Recognising and responding to the heritage elements in the
                          vision, development and management of the University Village will
                          contribute to its authenticity and sense of place.
                          Heritage also makes a significant contribution to the sustainability
                          agenda.

                          Desired Outcomes
                      5.1 The connections of indigenous people and their traditional use of
                          the site are celebrated through public art and events.




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5.1   The connections of indigenous         5.1.1   Undertake a cultural heritage survey which includes wide consultation with indigenous land custodians.
      people and their traditional use of   5.1.2   Engage with the traditional people.
      the site are celebrated through
      public art and events.                5.1.3   Ensure the area’s cultural heritage is acknowledged and incorporated in design through interpretive signs, public art, traditional food gardens and the like.
                                            5.1.4   Indigenous heritage of the region is documented and displayed.




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                            Goal Six:            Sustainability                                    6.7   The health of building users is improved by providing high indoor
                                                                                                         air quality and purified drinking water.
                                                                                                   6.8   Owners and occupiers are informed of sustainability features
                            Incorporate the principles of environmentally sustainable                    included within their building and throughout the University Village.
                            development (triple bottom line) through the design, construction      6.9   Data is recorded for ongoing research and refinement of the
                            and operations, and minimising the ecological footprint of the               sustainability measures.
                            University Village.
                                                                                                   6.10 Transport and traffic systems within UV are models of long-term
                            Context                                                                     sustainable design and operation.
                            There are environmental, social and economic benefits of                     Measurement
                            developing more sustainable communities.
                                                                                                         Energy and water use per unit is demonstrably lower in University
                            With a mix of residents, students, workers and visitors there is             Village than the Townsville average.
                            great potential to share the benefits of sustainability with a broad
                            audience and use the University Village as part of a greater                 The eco-footprint for University Village is demonstrably lower than
                            sustainability learning cycle.                                               other urban areas in North Queensland.
                                                                                                         Domestic and commercial recycling behavior is measured at the
                            Desired Outcomes                                                             point of collection and demonstrates increasing compliance over
                      6.1   The natural environment is protected and enhanced in the areas               time.
                            of ecological processes and natural landscape values involving
                            vegetation, land and aquatic habitat, wildlife corridors, shade and
                            scenic amenity.
                      6.2   The University Village is regarded as a model project for the
                            promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
                      6.3   A proactive approach to management of water consumption has
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                            quantifiable results within the University Village.
                      6.4   Whole-of-life costing is promoted throughout the University Village
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                      6.5   Native vegetation is preserved wherever appropriate and native
                            species are incorporated into landscape design.
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6.1    The natural environment is             6.1.1    Document all ESD requirements in design guidelines and make compliance a condition on all land development through application of covenants or lease conditions.
       protected and enhanced in the          6.1.2    Develop an Environmental Management Plan, which should be compliant with relevant environmental and cultural legislation, and address preservation of high-quality land and aquatic habitats and wildlife corridors, allowing only those enhancements which are highly compatible with the natural environment.
       areas of ecological processes and
       natural landscape values involving     6.1.3    Develop a landscape and watercourse enhancement strategy in harmony with the Environmental Management Plan.
       vegetation, land and aquatic           6.1.4    Consider the recommendations of the University Creek Catchment Management Advisory Committee into the Environmental Management Plan to ensure the long-term viability of the main waterway through Douglas campus.
       habitat, wildlife corridors, shade
       and scenic amenity

6.2    The University Village is regarded     6.2.1    Set minimum Green Star rating targets for all new buildings.
       as a model project for the             6.2.2    Facilitate research and development programs for energy-saving devices, designs and practices especially those best suited to tropical North Queensland.
       promotion of energy efficiency and
       renewable energy sources               6.2.3    Mandatory for all buildings to include renewable energy and/or gas systems as appropriate to reduce emission of greenhouse gases.
                                              6.2.4    At least one energy-conscious showcase development in partnership with Federal or State funding.
                                              6.2.5    Implement a neighbourhood purchasing scheme to encourage and promote purchase of energy-efficient household goods.
                                              6.2.6    Investigate, implement and promote the supply of reticulated chilled water to all buildings needing air-conditioning (including residences), to be provided from a thermal storage tank and chillers using off-peak power.
                                              6.2.7    Investigate, consider and promote application of ‘next generation’ service delivery in residential areas, incorporating integrated service provision (the so-called ‘smart’ housing features such as energy and security monitoring, ‘smart’ appliance controls, ‘smart’ lighting and cooling, ‘smart’ entertainment and communications, etc).
                                              6.2.8    Consider options for group purchasing of green power.
                                              6.2.9    Encourage ‘high end’ sustainable outcomes such as solar power generation through bonus schemes.

6.3    A proactive approach to                6.3.1    Reduce demand on potable water supplies by:
       management of water consumption                  1. Investigating and implementing the use of humidity harvesting water dispensers, rain-water retention, grey water recycling and sub-surface irrigation to reduce the demand on potable water supplies.
       has quantifiable results within the
       University Village                               2. Implementing best-practice micro-design solutions to manage household consumption to below-average rates.
                                                        3. Ensuring water meters are installed to allow effective monitoring and central reporting (a ‘smart’ housing feature).
                                                        4. Promoting awareness and responsible behaviour among all site occupants.
                                                        5. Publicising water consumption figures regularly and widely.
                                              6.3.2     Apply water sensitive urban design (WSUD) principles such as protecting natural systems, integrating storm water treatment into the landscape and reducing runoff and peak flows.

6.4    Whole-of-life costing is promoted      6.4.1    Develop and implement a waste management plan for all sites including construction jobs.
       throughout the University Village to   6.4.2    Promote use of recycled and low energy materials in building construction or refurbishment.
       reduce the depletion of non-
       renewable resources                    6.4.3    Encourage recycling of waste materials for all site occupants.
                                              6.4.4    Promote recycling at, and through, community events.
                                              6.4.5    Ensure accurate data is obtained for recyclable and non-recyclable waste produced.

6.5    Native vegetation is preserved         6.5.1    Incorporate retention of native vegetation into all landscape design packages.
       wherever appropriate and native        6.5.2    Develop an estate vegetation management plan.
       species are incorporated into
       landscape design                       6.5.3    All common areas throughout the project are planted predominately with native species which encourage and maintain natural habitats.
                                              6.5.4    Ensure that aquatic and riparian zones are included in the vegetation management plan.

6.6    Physical and sensory pollutants        6.6.1    Use zones-of-character strategy to ensure that sources of noise, such as vehicle traffic, car parks, places of entertainment and cafes / restaurants are appropriately located away from residential areas or provide sound attenuation solutions.
       are reduced and managed                6.6.2    Developments to comply with Council Regulations and Environmental Protection Act requirements.
                                              6.6.3    Meet acoustic requirements of BCA/ Townsville City Council for mixed use.
                                              6.6.4    Use minimal signage and promote use of low-profile identification systems such as kerb numbering.

6.7    The health of building users is        6.7.1    Submit an indoor air quality strategy with the design documentation for each development, incorporating optimum air quality and provision of natural ventilation in lieu of air conditioning as appropriate to the season.
       improved by providing high indoor      6.7.2    Consider the use of negative-ion generators in all air-handling systems to improve air quality and reduce positive ions in the environment.
       air quality and purified drinking
       water                                  6.7.3    Provide high quality (purified) drinking water to all communal areas and public places (for example, using humidity harvesting water dispensers).

6.8    Owners and occupiers are               6.8.1    Preparation of a UV sustainability handbook (printed and online copies).
       informed of sustainability features    6.8.2    Conduct, and monitor the impact of, community environmental educational programs to increase compliance with sustainability strategies.
       included within their building and
       throughout the University Village      6.8.3    Ensure display suites for residential, retail and commercial sites are fitted out with, and include information on, sustainability features and benefits.
                                              6.8.4    Release and publicise measures of water and energy use for comparison and awareness building.
                                              6.8.5    Develop a complete learning cycle which directs results of research and observation back into the community through learning institutions.

6.9    Data is recorded for ongoing           6.9.1    Collect grouped information on water use, energy use and waste minimisation measures.
       research and refinement of the         6.9.2    Develop a monitoring and review protocol to include:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             SECTION
       sustainability measures
                                                        - A specification for consumption monitoring equipment with Facilities Management staff at JCU.


                                              6.9.3
                                              6.9.4
                                                        - Incorporating into development guidelines and agreements, that monitoring and recording infrastructure will be provided, and confirm that this occurs in all cases.
                                                       Monitor, record and be capable of reporting energy, water and waste consumption per building or by occupant group.
                                                       Incorporate a public statement feedback display system compatible with Principle 6.6.4.
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6.10   Transport and traffic systems          6.10.1   Encourage Townsville City Council and Thuringowa City Council to allocate funding to encourage greater use of public transport, through such schemes as “Park and Bus”.
       within UV are models of long-term      6.10.2   Design road access pathways and implement management strategies through the UV which positively discourage the use of private motor vehicles.
       sustainable design and operation
                                              6.10.3   Ensure that sustainable transport is a consideration in the development of the campus Environment Management Plan in order to encourage and reward the use of walking and cycling within the University and surrounding areas.
                                              6.10.4   Investigate and develop systems for the use of electric (or other non-greenhouse-gas-emitting) vehicles to provide bulk passenger movement within the University and the immediate surrounding area.
                                              6.10.5   Regularly monitor and report the volume and rate of traffic flow by different modes at various key locations, and use this data to devise and apply further strategies to reduce dependence on private motor vehicles.
                                              6.10.6   Promote and coordinate the use of car sharing to reduce the volume of private motor vehicles entering the University each workday, and develop a car-pooling scheme for residents and university users.

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                          Goal Seven: Economic Development                                          Measurement
                                                                                                    One significant anchor tenant and 20 businesses establish
                                                                                                    themselves in University Village by 2020.
                           Promote and harness innovation, stimulate enterprise and enrich
                           employment opportunities.

                          Context
                           A mix of uses will ensure extended hours of activity and a mix of
                           people in University Village. Increased and varied street activity
                           attracts more people, with positive economic and community
                           building flow-on effects. Similarly, a site wide culture of innovation
                           will breed more creativity and innovation throughout all layers of the
                           community.
                           The base platforms required to make University Village attractive to
                           new and relocating businesses are:
                      — reduced costs of location and operation;
                      — platforms for innovation available;
                      — available pool of talent;
                      — physical and virtual connectivity; and
                      — Good lifestyle and environment.

                          Desired Outcomes
                      7.1 Commercial and retail development is achieved within University
                          Village.
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                      7.2 On site industry clusters are established.
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                          development.
                      7.4 New long term employment opportunities are created.
                      7.5 Skills development is facilitated in support of relevant emerging
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7.1   Commercial and retail                  7.1.1   Establish the scope of demand and identify target sectors/ businesses most likely to be viable in UV.
      development is achieved within         7.1.2   Prepare a commercial development strategy and implementation plan.
      University Village.
                                             7.1.3   Early implementation of hotel/conference centre as a landmark facility and catalyst for ongoing commercial development.
                                             7.1.4   Expand current understanding of ‘mixed use’ to include commercial office space.
                                             7.1.5   Ensure planning framework, land release program and marketing plan promote mixed use commercial outcomes.
                                             7.1.6   Identify potential key sites for mainstream commercial office use.
                                             7.1.7   Identify locations where ground floor retail uses would be appropriate and achievable.



7.2   On site industry clusters are          7.2.1   Focus on a short to medium term strategy of developing a knowledge-based industry cluster.
      established.                           7.2.2   Adopt a medium to long term strategy of establishing a second cluster around centres of excellence.
                                             7.2.3   Position each cluster as capturing market share at an incubator, micro and small enterprise level.
                                             7.2.4   Develop a detailed understanding of the work and lifestyle needs of these sectors.
                                             7.2.5   Attract at least one headline tenant in each industry cluster.


7.3   Functional links between research,     7.3.1   Consider an Enterprise Centre linking students, small businesses, venture capitalists and customers.
      commercialisation and enterprise       7.3.2   Consider an Enterprise Director to act as the facilitator stitching ideas and organizations together: reaching beyond the Enterprise Centre.
      development.
                                             7.3.3   Consider a UV entrepreneurs’ mentoring, business skills development, knowledge share and social network, linking students and businesses.



7.4   New long term employment               7.4.1   Position and market University Village as the place to locate an emerging creative enterprise.
      opportunities are created.             7.4.2   Leverage town centre retail opportunities and community services employment across site.



7.5   Skills development is facilitated in   7.5.1   Develop a key business skills program for UV.
      support of relevant emerging           7.5.2   Introduce vocational education and skills training programs.
      industry sectors.
                                             7.5.3   School extension program to connect with talented non mainstream students.




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                            Goal Eight: Social Benefit                                               Measurement
                                                                                                     University Village has become an inner urban residential
                                                                                                     neighbourhood of choice.
                            Create safe neighbourhoods which champion equality of
                            opportunity and focus on increasing both social capital and
                            individual capacity.
                            Context
                            Safe, open and accessible places bring people together – they
                            provide places and opportunities to meet and contribute to the
                            overall identity of the place.
                            Positive social outcomes also include the people focused delivery
                            of public realm facilities and creation of elements of ‘third place’
                            (after home place and unit place)which are particularly important
                            to residents who do not have a regular job and are at risk of social
                            isolation.
                            Social benefit is strongly associated with the strategies contained in
                            the following section relating to community development.
                            Desired Outcomes
                      8.1   A safe, friendly and person centred environment exhibiting best
                            practice Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
                            principles is created.
                      8.2   A variety of housing opportunities close to the town central zone is
                            provided.
            SECTION   8.3   A network of passive and active indoor and outdoor recreational
                            activities is developed.
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                            achieved.
                      8.5   The University Village is an environment that promotes
                            social interaction and achieves integration with surrounding
                            neighbourhoods.
                      8.6   The need for ‘whole of life’ services is acknowledged.
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8.1   A safe, friendly and person centred   8.1.1   Convene a regular CPTED advisory forum:
      environment exhibiting best                   1.    provide a base line audit of the spatial master plan; and
      practice Crime Prevention Through
      Environmental Design (CPTED)                  2.    offer periodic review.
      principles is created.                8.1.2   Establish the preferred pedestrian routes in, out and through the site as feature routes with elevated treatment standards.
                                            8.1.3   Establish a neighbourhood watch program and community police beat.


8.2   A variety of housing opportunities    8.2.1   Include managed student accommodation.
      close to the town central zone is     8.2.2   Include managed accommodation for seniors.
      provided.
                                            8.2.3   Include a mixture of housing choices at appropriate price points.



8.3   A network of passive and active       8.3.1   Implement a site-wide open space strategy.
      indoor and outdoor recreational       8.3.2   Develop an active parks program and community events.
      activities is developed.
                                            8.3.3   Establish a Community Hub.



8.4   Public access to and interaction      8.4.1   Provide special arrangements to encourage University Village residents to participate in University programs.
      with the university amenities is      8.4.2   Engage the community into the University Village.
      achieved.
                                            8.4.3   Incorporate University programs into site wide events.
                                            8.4.4   Develop a well being program grounded in University functions/ publications/ events.
                                            8.4.5   Promote social networks with open membership.


8.5   The University Village is an          8.5.1   See Community Development Section – specifically desired outcome 9.2.
      environment that promotes social
      interaction and achieves
      integration with surrounding
      neighbourhoods.



8.6   The need for ‘whole of life’          8.6.1   Locate age-appropriate housing close to facilities and transport.
      services is acknowledged.             8.6.2   Conduct a human services infrastructure needs assessment.
                                            8.6.3   Use triage agencies and services already active in the area.
                                            8.6.4   Conduct gap analysis and determine a strategy for rectification.                                                              SECTION
                                            8.6.5   Leverage services already available to the University.

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                          Goal Nine: Community Development                                            Measurement
                                                                                                      The number of people regularly participating in the community
                                                                                                      programs grows every year and represents more than 50% of the
                           Develop University Village as a mini university town with a sense
                                                                                                      University Village population by 2010.
                           of community by using facilities, spaces, events and technology to
                           deliver experiences that enrich Village life and the University.           The number of programs expanding to cater for increased range and
                                                                                                      complexity of community.
                          Context
                           A community development program brings together many of the
                           other elements of the design, development and management of the
                           Urban Village to maximise community outcomes.
                           Community development is about educating, empowering, sharing
                           skills, knowledge and experiences, responding to local needs, and
                           identifying opportunities. It results in happier, healthier, sustainable
                           communities where people want to live, learn and work – adding
                           also to its value.

                          Desired Outcomes
                      9.1 A strong sense of community and a tangible identity as a university
                          town are engendered.
                      9.2 An inclusive community exhibiting a high degree of social capital is
                          emerging and traditional barriers between residents, the university,
                          business community and students are broken down.
                      9.3 Active learning opportunities are an important part of this
                          community’s lifestyle.
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                          established as a central focus for social and civic amenities,
                          services and activities.
                      9.5 A program of social and cultural events and activities site wide and
                          throughout the year is created.
                      9.6 A focus on personal wellbeing throughout the community promoted.
                      9.7 Active community development is enhanced by modern
                          communication technologies.
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9.1   A strong sense of community and       9.1.1   Finalise the detailed short to medium term community development program.
      a tangible identity as a university   9.1.2   Secure a medium term Community Development Manager.
      town are engendered.
                                            9.1.3   Incorporate a community association charge as an element of the Body Corporate costs.
                                            9.1.4   Emphasise university connections and benefits in marketing the project to encourage those with an interest in university activity and programs to take up residence.
                                            9.1.5   Encourage JCU alumni and retired staff to take up residence to enhance university to community networks.
                                            9.1.6   Develop an information centre.
                                            9.1.7   Commission public art which expresses the vision of UV and engenders a sense of place and belonging.
                                            9.1.8   Initiate the online gallery and social archive.
                                            9.1.9   Implement a brand reinforcement program in the local neighbourhood.


9.2   An inclusive community exhibiting     9.2.1   Constitute a community association and encourage local leadership in decision making.
      a high degree of social capital is    9.2.2   Use the research stages of the online gallery and social archive as a community building exercise.
      emerging and traditional barriers
      between residents, the university,    9.2.3   Explore the opportunity for open membership of University clubs and activities.
      business community and students       9.2.4   Run an annual community challenge weekend and volunteering extension program.
      are broken down.



9.3   Active learning opportunities are     9.3.1   Provide special arrangements to encourage University Village residents to participate in University programs.
      an important part of this             9.3.2   Establish short courses or summer schools targeted to different sectors such as arts programs for older adults and retired persons, vocational courses for mid career residents and so on.
      community’s lifestyle.
                                            9.3.3   Implement a community environmental learning initiative.
                                            9.3.4   Develop a schools program.
                                            9.3.5   Display research activity in exhibitions.



9.4   Integration between the community     9.4.1   Develop a brief for a combined community activity centre, early learning hub and University Village Info Centre.
      hub and the university campus         9.4.2   Attract third party sponsorship and funding.
      established as a central focus for
      social and civic amenities,           9.4.3   Explore innovative social, civic and community service models.
      services and activities.



9.5   A program of social and cultural      9.5.1   Site wide social and cultural events strategy across all UV venues, integrated with programs for surrounding venues.
      events and activities site wide and   9.5.2   Relationship with Townsville City Council events strategy encouraging third party sponsorship.                                                                                               SECTION
      throughout the year is created.
                                            9.5.3   Neighbourhood activities scheduled through the community hub.
                                            9.5.4   Make JCU University Village the home for one Townsville wide event or festival.
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9.6   A focus on personal wellbeing         9.6.1   Construct a community wellbeing package using JCU services including preferential rates to use JCU facilities.
      throughout the community              9.6.2   Encourage an active lifestyle including walking programs and health monitoring.
      promoted.
                                            9.6.3   Implement initiatives to encourage bicycle usage



9.7   Active community development is       9.7.1   Refer to goal 11.
      enhanced by modern
      communication technologies.
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                          Goal Ten:            Transport                                            Measurement
                                                                                                    Journeys to and within University Village favour walking, cycling
                                                                                                    and bus trips rather than private cars, in comparison to Townsville
                           Ensure that people using the University Village can be less reliant      as a whole.
                           on cars.

                          Context
                           Automobile dependence is damaging to health and the environment,
                           costs the economy, and reduces social interaction by making streets
                           less pedestrian friendly.
                           A more sustainable University Village will encourage pedestrian
                           and bicycle movements and greater reliance on public transport to
                           external destinations.
                           Large car parking areas are unattractive and reduce activity and
                           safety of the Village.

                          Desired Outcomes
                      10.1 A reduction in car trips made by residents, students, workforce and
                           visitors.
                      10.2 The University Village well serviced by buses.
                      10.3 Effective pedestrian and bicycle routes access throughout the site
                           and to neighbouring areas.
                      10.4 The carparking needs of visitors to University Village are met without
                           dominating the urban environment.
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10.1   A reduction in car trips made by      10.1.1   Continue the partnership with Queensland Transport in the TravelSmart program.
       residents, students, workforce and    10.1.2   Develop a transport plan.
       visitors.
                                             10.1.3   Develop and implement key strategies with a view to achieving best practice.



10.2   The University Village well           10.2.1   Undertake a point of origin and demand study to develop effective route planning in association with Sunbus.
       serviced by buses.                    10.2.2   Develop bus stops on James Cook Drive.



10.3   Effective pedestrian and bicycle      10.3.1   Establish the destination patterns, and connectivity requirements and route plan to meet these needs.
       routes access throughout the site     10.3.2   Develop a cycling strategy.
       and to neighbouring areas.
                                             10.3.3   Identify preferred pedestrian routes through the site and upgrade to exceed CPTED minimum standards.


10.4   The carparking needs of visitors to   10.4.1   Develop a parking plan for the campus which has a measure of user payment.
       University Village are met without    10.4.2   Develop a work place travel plan for the University to reduce staff and student dependence on on-street parking.
       dominating the urban environment.
                                             10.4.3   Establish a regime to manage on-street carparking.


10.5   The University Village is a           10.5.1   Pedestrian movement which is promoted over car movement.
       pleasant, pedestrian-friendly         10.5.2   Pedestrian movement which is reinforced by high quality materials, landscaping and public art.
       place.




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                           Goal Eleven: Information and                                          Measurement
                                                                                                 Everyone in University Village can access broad bandwidth,
                                        Communication                                            integrated platform convergence technology to meet their domestic,
                                        Technology (ICT)                                         workplace and leisure needs and benefits from competitive pricing.


                            Enable a viable and enduring connected community, enhanced
                            by continuing innovations in infrastructure Communications
                            Technology (ICT).

                           Context
                            ICT connects people and workplaces, improves the delivery of basic
                            services and provides greater learning opportunities.
                            It can be used as a community development tool, promotes
                            knowledge sharing and enables participation in a global
                            marketplace.

                           Desired Outcomes
                      11.1 A sustainable and progressive ICT solution delivered across the
                           University Village.
                      11.2 ICT linking everyone participating in University Village life and
                           promoting collaboration with off site partners.
                      11.3 The University and the community communicating and integrating
                           online.
                      11.4 A sustainable IT framework provided that delivers reasonably
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11.1   A sustainable and progressive ICT    11.1.1   Install fibre optic spine throughout the site.
       solution delivered across the        11.1.2   Ensure connective ducts are in place past each of the development lots.
       University Village.
                                            11.1.3   Set the specification for developers for the provision of connection to each lot via spurs and connection nodes.
                                            11.1.4   Tender aggregated procurement model.


11.2   ICT linking everyone participating   11.2.1   Ensure each residence has the ability to be connected.
       in University Village life and       11.2.2   Make available connectivity in public spaces.
       promoting collaboration with off
       site partners.                       11.2.3   Display visual evidence of connectivity within the community.
                                            11.2.4   Create a community portal on line.


11.3   The University and the community     11.3.1   See community development strategy 9.7.
       communicating and integrating on
       line.



11.4   A sustainable IT framework           11.4.1   Conduct a tender to provide ICT to the Village community.
       provided that delivers reasonably    11.4.2   Establish a system of review to ensure that the infrastructure and service provided keep pace with emerging technology at minimised cost.
       priced high bandwidth
       communications to all Village        11.4.3   Request that stakeholders and developers deliver IT as part of their sales package.
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                           Goal Twelve:                Research                                        Measurement
                                                                                                       Successful research programs which:
                                                                                                   — directly support or impact the vision for University Village;
                           Use the University Village as a living research laboratory to improve
                                                                                                   — enable University Village to achieve the goal of being an exemplar
                           social and urban outcomes across North Queensland.
                                                                                                     of sustainable development in the tropics;
                           Context                                                                 — inform the development of public and affordable housing policy and
                                                                                                     implementation; and
                           Research is an important element in the knowledge economy. It
                           promotes and results in innovation and knowledge creation, leading      — would contribute lessons learned and allow for improved outcomes
                           to new initiatives, new jobs and wealth creation.                         on identified future developments State-wide.
                           There are three routes for leveraging the research outcomes and
                           these routes are not mutually exclusive:
                      1.   commercialisation;
                      2.   direct feedback loop leading to an improved product at University
                           Village and contributing to its best practice status; and
                      3.   commentary and analysis that contributes to market best practice or
                           the further development of government policy.

                           Desired Outcomes
                      12.1 Opportunities for research maximised with significant research
                           outcomes.
                      12.2 A continuous learning cycle with outputs improving the development
                           and operation of the Village and other relevant projects.
                      12.3 Active participation in State and regional research initiatives which
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12.1   Opportunities for research             12.1.1   Work with the JCU Research and Innovation division to identify, prioritise and progress research programs linked to UV.
       maximised with significant             12.1.2   Encourage and develop interest from JCU faculties in research initiatives based on UV.
       research outcomes.
                                              12.1.3   Proactively encourage funding or sponsorship for new research ideas that could be instigated at University Village.
                                              12.1.4   Provide resources to allow for enhanced research, teaching and community extension activities related to the natural environment and to University Creek in particular.
                                              12.1.5   Establish a contestable research fund for programs which can benefit UV.



12.2   A continuous learning cycle with       12.2.1   Initially encourage research on:
       outputs improving the                           1.    Travel habits, monitoring and influencing household and business use patterns, impact of travel smart initiatives.
       development and operation of the
       Village and other relevant projects.            2.    Monitoring to develop effective intervention strategies for ongoing stages of project.
                                                       3.    Future proofing ICT arrangements for smart communities, intelligent e-networks and online communities.
                                                       4.    The role and impact of social capital in community building.
                                                       5.    Investigation into market attitudes and community perceptions of affordable housing.


12.3   Active participation in State and      12.3.1   Investigate any Townsville City Council initiatives and promote University Village as a desirable place and location for appropriate programs.
       regional research initiatives which    12.3.2   Incorporate the Smart State objectives in the University Village research initiatives where possible.
       improve outcomes in UV and
       enhance the State Government’s
       reputation.




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                           Goal Thirteen:              Delivery                                    13.6 The marketing and brand representation of the University Village
                                                                                                        product is communicated clearly and consistently between all
                                                                                                        project participants.
                            Deliver the master plan and associated strategies in a collaborative   13.7 Clear documentation of University Village delivery mechanism is
                            way, led by the Facilities Management Office of the University,             achieved to enable its use as a model for future collaborations.
                            supported by a dedicated delivery team.
                                                                                                        Measurement
                           Context                                                                       University Village has been value enhanced through its delivery
                            Effective development management is required to identify                     mechanism, and its goals and ambitions have been realised.
                            opportunities and resolve barriers to the successful implementation
                            of the University Village Master Plan. Management must be
                            proactive and encompass consideration of stakeholders, funding,
                            timing, and resource allocation.
                            A flexible, staged development process allows the development
                            to respond to market demands. It ensures that informed, strategic
                            decisions can be made so that the overall development continues to
                            meet an emerging market.

                           Desired Outcomes
                      13.1 A proactive development management approach to the delivery of
                           the Master Plan for University Village which achieves the vision.
                      13.2 A staging strategy for the release and development of individual lots
                           to stimulate demand and maximise outcomes for all participants.
                      13.3 A collaborative and communicative approach to the development of
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                           each lot is achieved.
                      13.4 A supportive and collaborative relationship fostered with Townsville
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                      13.5 The design guidelines support and reinforce the vision and strategic
                           direction of the Master Plan achieving strong compliance across all
                           developments at University Village.



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13.1   A proactive development              13.1.1   An innovative approach to the tender process to deliver the partnerships and businesses that the University Village is targeting.
       management approach to the           13.1.2   Encourage and stimulate interest and excitement in the market place through agents and marketing strategies.
       delivery of the Master Plan for
       University Village which achieves    13.1.3   Undertake an assessment of potential tenants that would be interested in University Village.
       the vision.                          13.1.4   Liaise with JCU about their internal demand for new premises that could be developed at University Village.
                                            13.1.5   Assist JCU with their objective of attracting business and industry related to its science and engineering activity for co-location and shared use of University Village facilities.
                                            13.1.6   Assist the project participants with the authority approval process for new sites.


13.2   A staging strategy for the release   13.2.1   Actively manage all the agents involved in the sale and release of the land holdings.
       and development of individual lots   13.2.2   Take a whole of University Village approach to assessing the commercial feasibility of all components – based on current market data and regularly update to reflect site wide
       to stimulate demand and maximise              developments.
       outcomes for all participants.
                                            13.2.3   Explore innovative funding alternatives for core components at University Village.
                                            13.2.4   Identify the tenancies that should be promoted in the mixed use areas to meet the University Village vision.


13.3   A collaborative and communicative    13.3.1   Establish a Project Control Group in which progress and reporting of each site is tabled and minuted.
       approach to the development of       13.3.2   Ensure that the Design Review Committee is represented by all project participants.
       each lot is achieved.



13.4   A supportive and collaborative       13.4.1   Ensure that a senior level executive from Townsville City Council is involved in the University Village Project Control Group forum.
       relationship fostered with           13.4.2   Endeavour to get a Townsville City Council Project Officer assigned to University Village to maintain consistency.
       Townsville City Council at
       University Village.                  13.4.3   Involve a Townsville City Council Project Officer in all University Village design review meetings to align the review processes.
                                            13.4.4   In conjunction with Townsville City Council adjust, where appropriate, the design review guidelines to reflect the Townsville City Council requirements.


13.5   The design guidelines support and    13.5.1   Reinforce a design review process to reflect integration with the development application process.
       reinforce the vision and strategic   13.5.2   Ensure that the design guidelines reflect the vision and key strategies of the Master Plan in the long term.
       direction of the Master Plan
       achieving strong compliance
       across all developments at
       University Village.



13.6   The marketing and brand              13.6.1   Co-ordinate and review all project participant’s marketing plans to ensure the consistency of the messages to the market.
       representation of the University     13.6.2   Employ a Community Development Manager to manage all the non-physical attributes and social and community benefits of University Village.
       Village product is communicated                                                                                                                                                                                                      SECTION
       clearly and consistently between     13.6.3   Manage the agents with their marketing strategies to ensure that the Integrated Master Plan is delivered.
       all project participants.            13.6.4   Promote the physical and visual elements of University Village as a creative community and active learning destination.
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13.7   Clear documentation of University    13.7.1   Write papers discussing the merits of delivery and lessons learnt with future recommendations at important milestones in the project.
       Village delivery mechanism is
       achieved to enable its use as a
       model for future collaborations.




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                      10 University Village Strategic Design                                          — Residential; and                                                           — protect the privacy of adjoining and nearby properties; and
                                                                                                      — Open Space/ Landscape.                                                     — help develop a strong urban street-related character for The Village.
                         Guidelines
                                                                                                           These strategic guidelines are indicative and preliminary and will be   5   Residential development must be designed to be compatible with
                                                                                                           developed by the Design Review Committee.                                   the character and amenity of the zone, maintain residential privacy
                            The purpose of these Design Guidelines is to detail the design                                                                                             of adjoining dwellings and retain significant trees.
                            principles to be adopted for any development proposed for                     Integration                                                              6   Sufficient private outdoor spaces, livable balconies or verandahs
                            University Village. The development of the Master Plan enables            1    The location of key uses and buildings must strengthen integration          with appropriate shelter, shade and privacy must be provided
                            the preparation of design guidelines for the next stage of the design          between zones, particularly providing for active, safe and attractive       for residential dwelling units to contribute to a pleasant living
                            process. The preparation of precinct plans include the preparation             pedestrian integration with public transport.                               environment.
                            of the detailed development criteria which are aligned with the
                            strategic outcomes detailed below. Adherence to these principles              Building Design and Siting                                                   Retail and Commercial
                            is critical to the long-term success of the University Village and will
                            be checked to ensure the design and development of buildings and          2    Buildings must:                                                         7   Retail and commercial uses must achieve the following.
                            spaces supports the vision for the University Village to provide:         — be of a size and bulk that is consistent with the medium density           — Development must be principally concentrated within the town
                       — a sense of community;                                                          nature of The Village. Lower density development is appropriate              centre, with a supermarket providing neighbourhood-level shopping
                                                                                                        within the Residential Zone; and                                             facilities.
                       — an exemplar of ESD in the tropics;
                                                                                                      — retain an appropriate human scale and relationship with the                — Pedestrian access to the supermarket must be legible and
                       — a university which is engaged with the broader community;                      streetscape and with other buildings within The Village.                     convenient.
                       — a visually interesting and attractive place;                                 3    Buildings must enhance the character of streetscapes, maintain a        — Support retail and other commercial services should be located
                       — a highly legible urban environment, at both the pedestrian and                    sense of open space and pedestrian scale in public and pedestrian         within the creative gateway zone.
                         vehicle scale;                                                                    areas, and provide a high level of amenity for the occupants.           — In support of active street frontages, development along the Main
                       — the integration of a range of different uses into a dynamic and                   Above the lower ‘podium’ levels, buildings must:                          Street and James Cook Drive (within the creative gateway zone)
                         exciting university village (rather than their separation into different     — allow light penetration, air circulation, views, vistas and outlook; and     should make provision at street level for retail/ commercial uses.
                         land use precincts);
                                                                                                      — ensure windows are not built out by adjoining buildings.                       Landscape
                       — best practice outcomes are reflected during design, delivery,
                         operation and use;                                                                The impacts of non-residential proposals must not unduly                8   Landscaping must be consistent with the dry tropical characteristic
                                                                                                           compromise the amenity of residential zones.                                of Townsville.
                       — inclusive and collaborative approaches and outcomes; and
                                                                                                      4    Buildings must:                                                         9   Footpaths, cycleways and pedestrian spaces must be designed
                       — sustainable change over time.
            SECTION                                                                                   — blend with the landscape and minimise environmental impacts;                   to reinforce the character of the precinct and be smooth, safe and
                            The guidelines have been prepared to include the different types of                                                                                        direct to promote usability.
                                                                                                      — contribute to the creation of safe streets and public open spaces;
            10              development including:
                       — Education;                                                                   — provide an appropriate transition from the building form to the
                                                                                                                                                                                   10 Landscaping to site frontage and pedestrian building entries must
                                                                                                                                                                                      integrate with the materials and design of the adjoining footpaths.
                                                                                                        external landscape and public realm;
                       — Commercial;
                       — Retail;
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11 Development must be designed and landscaped to avoid or                ESD and resource efficiency                                          24 Demolition and construction waste must be minimised and
   minimize edge effects and protect the various functions of the                                                                                 strategies implemented to facilitate recycling and re-use of
                                                                      17 Development must enable sustainable and resource-efficient
   research, conservation, natural drainage and wildlife corridor.                                                                                waste materials.
                                                                         tropical design by:
12 Development in areas supporting valued vegetation is designed
                                                                      — integrating and respecting the site, its features and its surrounds;
   and located so as to maximize the retention of existing valued
   vegetation and its associated wildlife habitats and movement       — designing for climate;
   functions.                                                         — minimising energy use and greenhouse gas emissions; and
    Views, vistas and landmarks                                       — minimising general waste and supporting recycling.
13 The establishment of prominent focal points and the                18 Building design, layout and landscaping must incorporate best
   preservation and/ or creation of the significant views to Mount       practice passive design to improve thermal comfort for residents
   Stuart and Magnetic Island must be facilitated.                       and users.
14 The establishment of prominent gateways or entry points must       19 Landscaping must enable sustainable tropical design outcomes
   reinforce the sense of arrival at James Cook Drive, Discovery         in University Village.
   Drive and Parkinson Road.                                          20 Buildings must maximize energy efficiency, and minimise
                                                                         embodied energy.
    Access, parking and servicing                                     21 Buildings must incorporate suitable infrastructure to provide
15 Parking areas should not be obvious from the adjacent streets         choice in energy supply to internal appliances.
   and parks. Parking entrances should be located in non-critical     22 Development must minimize impacts on the water cycle and
   areas away from retail frontages and building entrances and           aim to:
   should, together with access ramps, be perpendicular, not
   parallel, to the street frontage to minimise impact upon the       — protect waterway health by improving stormwater quality and
   function and amenity of the public realm.                            reducing site run-off;
16 Parking and access layout must:                                    — minimise effluent discharge;
— achieve a balance between controlling congestion and providing      — reduce sewage discharge;
  sufficient short-term parking both to retain the viability of the   — maximise recycling opportunities;
  anticipated commercial components of University Village and to
                                                                      — reduce mains potable water demand by utilizing alternative
  service the needs of other users of UV’s facilities;
                                                                        sources and technology; and
— reduce and charge for on-site car parking where appropriate, to
                                                                      — reduce run-off by ensuring maximum absorption within property                                                                            SECTION
  encourage greater use of public transport; and
                                                                        boundary.
— be provided in a manner that is visually unobtrusive from the
  street, and does not unreasonably impact upon the amenity of,
                                                                      23 Site and building design must facilitate the efficient sorting and                                                                      10
                                                                         disposal of waste to maximize recycling opportunities.
  the public realm.

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