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How can I purchase a block of land?

The Land Development Agency (LDA) sells residential land in a variety of ways – Ballot, Auction and Over the Counter. The specific process for each release is available as part of the sales documentation when a release is announced. For a brief description of each process - click here

Commercial and Industrial releases are sold by Auction, Tender or Over-the-Counter. Documentation for these releases is usually managed by an appointed Sales agent and details of the contact agent are available on this website when the land is released for sale. In certain circumstances, the ACT Government may release land by ‘direct sale’, this means a Lease is offered for sale to approved entities without going through a competitive process such as an auction. This is most common for land which is zoned for a place of Worship, Club or Charity. For more information regarding direct sales please visit http://www.economicdevelopment.act.gov.au/buy-land-and-build/land/direct_sales

When is my block due to settle?

The timing for settlement on blocks sold when the Estate is still being constructed is dependent on the completion of the Estate works such as roads and services. Environmental issues may also impact on projected timings from time to time. Estimated date ranges for settlement are generally published with a block list when the land is released. You can find the date range applicable to your block on the front page of your contract. The timings for settlement for blocks sold when the Estates works have been completed will generally be 42 days after contracts are exchanged. The details are available on the front page of your contract.

What is the Contract date range?
The contract date range is an indicative date range present for when the LDA estimates the Estate works may be completed. It is possible for the Estate works to be completed earlier than the date range stated, which may incur an earlier than expected settlement. It is also possible for the Estate works to be completed at the end of the date range which may incur a settlement date after the last date in the range. Both scenarios are within the terms of the contract. You can find the date range applicable to your block on the front page of your contract.
When do I have to pay Stamp Duty?
Stamp Duty is payable on all blocks of land within 90 days of the date you exchange contracts, or prior to settlement, whichever occurs first.
How much Stamp Duty will I have to pay?

The amount payable is determined by the purchase price and your personal circumstances. Further information including a calculator can be found at www.revenue.act.gov.au

Can you please recommend a good builder?

The LDA is unable to recommend builders. You may wish to contact the below ACT industry associations for further information.

Housing Industry Association (HIA)
02 6285 7300 | http://hia.com.au

Master Builders Association (MBA)
02 6247 2099 | http://www.mba.org.au

When can I get access to the site to see my block?

You can access your block following Settlement of the Sales Contract. 

Molonglo Valley

Where is Molonglo Valley?

Molonglo Valley is located between Weston Creek and Belconnen. It is less than 10 kilometres from the City, five kilometres from Woden and 12 kilometres from Belconnen.

What suburbs are planned for Molonglo Valley and when will this happen?

Several suburbs are planned for the region, the first two suburbs of Wright and Coombs are well underway. Wright was released in June 2010 and the first stage of Coombs was released in June 2012. The next two suburbs will be Denman Prospect and Molonglo. Molonglo will contain the Group Centre for the district of Molonglo Valley.

What will the estimated population of Molonglo Valley be in the long term?

The region’s population will continue to grow as new suburbs are developed, with the population expected to exceed 50,000 residents.

What is the ACT Government doing to ensure that the development in Molonglo Valley doesn’t create traffic bottlenecks on Cotter Road and Tuggeranong Parkway?

The ACT Government is undertaking capital works projects to improve traffic flows along Cotter Road.

Stage 1 of the Cotter Road duplication projects east of the Tuggeranong Parkway is complete and Cotter Road west of the Parkway is being upgraded, including the Cotter Road and Streeton Drive intersection. The intersection of Cotter Road and Kirkpatrick Street has been upgraded to include a new road to the new North Weston residential estate.

More detailed traffic analysis will be carried out as development progresses, and these will be used to guide future decision making.

What road changes will occur during the construction of Molonglo Valley?

In the medium term, a new arterial road connecting the future Molonglo Centre to the Tuggeranong Parkway has been proposed and is shown on the Territory Plan. A range of recent changes to arterial roads of Cotter Road and Streeton Drive are continuing; improving long term traffic flow. Northern connections to William Hovell Drive, Bindubi Street and Coulter Drive are planned to provide alternative access routes in and out of Molonglo Valley to supplement Cotter Road in the future.

What types of community and recreation facilities will be built in Molonglo Valley?

Molonglo Valley is planned to include a host of community and recreation facilities, such as schools, shopping areas, children’s playgrounds and parks to ensure it becomes a vibrant and sustainable region.

The suburbs of Wright and Coombs will include plenty of open space suitable for recreational purposes. Wright includes a site for community facility and a number of parks are now open. The Charles Weston School in Coombs opened in February 2016. Sites for community facilities and a childcare centre are planned for the suburb of Coombs.

Residents in Molonglo Valley will also have unprecedented access to some of Canberra’s most popular spots for recreation and relaxation including Molonglo River, the National Arboretum Canberra and Stromlo Forest Park.

Will there be a petrol station in Molonglo Valley?

A site for a petrol station was sold by the LDA in 2015. The LDA is currently investigating possible sites for a petrol station in Molonglo Valley.The site is located on Cotter Road. 

Will childcare and medical facilities be available?

Molonglo Valley is located only minutes from the community and commercial hubs of Weston Creek, Woden, Belconnen and Civic, which means residents currently have access to services such as childcare and medical facilities in these established centres.

Community facilities are planned for the future development of Molonglo Valley which will assist residents as the area continues to grow. Community facilities sites are included in both Wright and Coombs and a childcare facility is planned for Coombs.

What types of public transport will be available?

Wright and Coombs have been designed to provide easy access for buses. Further information can be found at www.action.act.gov.au.

Molonglo Valley will also be linked to existing centres in Civic, Woden and Belconnen through an extensive network of cycle paths, offering residents a cleaner, healthier way to get around.  

When will the school and local shops be open?

The primary school in Coombs is scheduled to open in 2016 and the local shopping centre site is scheduled for release to the market in 2014.

What sustainability features will continue to be incorporated in the development of Molonglo Valley to ensure development is as environmentally friendly as possible?

The LDA is aiming to set new benchmarks in environmentally sustainable design and development throughout Molonglo Valley estates; this has already been established through accreditation which has been achieved under the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (UDIA) EnviroDevelopment scheme (www.envirodevelopment.com.au).

Wright and Coombs have achieved the accreditation which recognises Australia’s most sustainable developments. The Estates have met rigorous sustainability standards in the areas of energy, ecosystems, community and waste. The following initiatives were among the many recognised:

o   The establishment of the ACT’s first Home Sustainability Advisory Service, where purchasers in Wright and Coombs can access free advice about how to design a more energy and water efficient home.

o   Partnering with the National Arboretum Canberra to recycle green waste from construction as mulch.

o   Partnering with Greening Australia to develop a Molonglo Valley Plant Guide to encourage the use of native plant species to support biodiversity.

o   The LDA’s community development program, Mingle, will help to build a vibrant and cohesive community.

o   The orientation of blocks for maximum solar access, with both suburbs containing a mix of east-west oriented blocks and north-south oriented blocks.

o   The inclusion of provisions for sustainable transport including buses, bikes and pedestrian transport. 

What environmental approvals or assessments have been carried out during the planning for Molonglo Valley?

The ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) has carried out a series of detailed assessments looking at the environmental, social and urban impacts of development at Molonglo Valley as part of the initial planning and approvals process. As a result of this process, some parts of Molonglo Valley have been excluded from development to ensure that there is no risk to protected plant and animal species.

This has allowed the ACT Government to achieve a balance between supporting our native environment where it needs protecting, and developing much needed homes in areas that have been identified as suitable for urban development. In addition to ACTPLA environmental assessments, approvals have also been obtained from the Commonwealth Government for Wright and Coombs under the Environmental Protection Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.

What is variation 306 to the territory plan?

Variation 306 to the Territory Plan – Residential Development, Estate Development and Leasing Codes commenced on 5 July 2013. As a result, there are some important changes to the Single Dwelling Housing Development Code that need to be considered in the design of your new home in Wright and Coombs. More information can be found at www.actpla.act.gov.au.

Please note that the Coombs and Wright Concept Plan (Concept Plan) is deemed to be a precinct code under the Planning and Development ACT 2007.

Code inconsistencies

More than one type of code may apply to a particular development proposal. Occasionally inconsistencies between the provisions arise, particularly where a precinct code seeks to apply special provisions in response to particular local circumstances or planning issues. Where this occurs, a precinct code prevails over a development code and a general code, but only to the extent of the inconsistency.

Rule 63 in the concept plan

The above rule has particular relevance in regards to Rule 63 (Solar Access Envelope) in the Concept Plan. This rule takes precedence over Rule 7 in the Single Dwelling Housing Development Code. Please also note that Rule 63 is a mandatory requirement and as such there is no applicable criterion.

For further enquiries about Variation 306, contact the Home Sustainability Advisor on (02) 6207 0390 or email [email protected].

Coombs

How many single residential blocks have been released in Coombs?

Coombs contains three stages for development with a combined total of 466 single residential blocks released via ballot since June 2012. The final single residential land release in Coombs by ballot took place in May/June 2013. Refer to the available land on the Land Development Agency’s website to see the blocks that are currently available for purchase.

What size are the blocks in Coombs?

Varied block sizes at Coombs cater for people with different budgets and housing needs. More than 50% of blocks in the suburb are larger than 500m².

Is Coombs being developed by the Land Development Agency (LDA)?

Yes, the LDA is responsible for the design and delivery of Coombs.

What types of community and recreation facilities will be built in Coombs?

Community facilities, local centre, a school and a site for a child care centre are all planned to be developed in Coombs.

Coombs will include plenty of open space suitable for recreational purposes as well as ponds in and around the Estate. Future residents will have unprecedented access to some of Canberra’s most popular recreation and relaxation places, including the Molonglo River, the National Arboretum Canberra and Stromlo Forest Park.

When will the school and local shops be open?

Charles in Coombs is scheduled to open in 2016 and the local shopping centre site is scheduled for release to the market in 2014.

Where can I find the street name for my block?

Street names for Coombs can be found at www.legislation.act.gov.au/di/2013-28/default.asp  and www.legislation.act.gov.au/di/2013-56/default.asp

Why do I have to lodge a Compliance Bond?

The LDA has implemented a range of sustainability initiatives to achieve sustainable building design in Coombs. The initiatives for individual houses are administered via a bond which is payable at Settlement unless house plans have already been endorsed.

Where can I get advice to design a more sustainable home which will be eligible for the Rebates on offer?

The LDA provides purchasers in Coombs with access to a Home Sustainability Advisor (HSA). The HSA will assist with incorporating the most effective and efficient sustainability initiatives into housing design and will ensure plans meet Housing Development Guide requirements. Regular HSA information sessions are held and cover a range of topics including house orientation, energy efficient design, building materials and fixtures and fittings.

The HSA is also responsible for endorsing house plans and administering rebates and Compliance Bonds. The LDA strongly encourages purchasers and/or their builders to lodge plans with the HSA and have them endorsed as early as possible. For further information please contact Greg Burghardt on (02) 6207 0390 or email [email protected]

Can I get broadband in Coombs?

TransACT Capital Communications (TransACT) has been awarded the contract to deliver Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network in Coombs. This means that you will have the option to access telephone, broadband and pay TV services via state-of-the-art fibre optic network.

Please refer to ‘Preparing your home for FTTP services’ for further details. [www.transact.com.au/documents/fttp_checklist.pdf] (prepared by TransACT).

It should be noted that TransACT is the telecommunications infrastructure provider but is not the exclusive supplier of telecommunication services in the Estate. Buyers are free to choose their own telecommunication services provider.

Once your home has been correctly wired, you can contact your preferred provider to connect to telephone, broadband and/or pay TV services. For more information regarding TransACT’s FTTP technology and/or their range of services visit www.transact.com.au or call 13 30 61.

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