A community-led project is looking at building an affordable housing subdivision of around 50 blocks in the heart of Parndana.
Kangaroo Island Council at its September meeting gave in principal support to the project being led by the Kangaroo Island Community Club (KICC).
The club is now awaiting for approval from the Department of Environment and Water to develop the subdivision in stages on Lot 2 and Lot 84 in the Parndana township, both being Crown Land.
Kangaroo Island Community Club provided a brief on the proposal to its members at its AGM earlier this month.
“A project designed to enable Parndana to grow, opening land for subdivision so that community members are able to build homes in this centrally located town,” the brief was headed.
KICC proposes to purchase Lot 2 and Lot 84 in the Parndana township for $40,000, with the aim to offer affordable housing options in Parndana – blocks for sale and houses for rent.
This is a 10 top 20-year staged development plan. Being a not-for-profit organisation, KICC would reinvest profits back into the development project in way of services and enhancing the open public spaces.
Stage one of the project will be the subdivision along Smith Street, with Playford Highway and Rowland Hill to follow, subject to sale of the allotments on Smith Street.
The blocks on Smith Street will be offered for sale at $40 per square metre or $36,000 per 900sqr allotment.
Stage one will also include a Stormwater Management Plan implementation – earthworks and fencing in central area (reopen dam, create wetland etc).
KICC is investigating the option of retaining some allotments and building affordable homes for rental purposes.
Since the last AGM in September 2017, progress was made towards achieving the aims of this project, including:
- Conducting a survey and collating data to establish the affordable housing need in Parndana;
- Meetings and correspondence with the Department of Environment and Water (DEW), and the Department of Education considering all the land options in and around Parndana, and concluding that Lot 2 and Lot 84 in the Parndana township was the only viable option;
- Establishing that the unsolicited proposal to DEW was the pathway to take;
- A draft proposal was sent to the Commissioner for KI and to DEW in June 18;
- Feedback received from Wendy Campana set the committee on track to do more work to clarify governance structure and management issues for the project;
- Advice was received from the Club’s lawyer and accountant with regards to both those areas;
- A workshop was held in Adelaide with a consultant specialising in similar projects;
- Feedback was received from DEW in July, indicating that the June draft was already a strong application.
- The final Unsolicited Proposal was submitted to DEW in August, and it is tabled for discussion by the Unsolicited Proposals Committee on September 25.