Planning Your New Rural Residential Home

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Heritage Pacific offers large lots of approximately 3000sq. Lots sometimes incorporate native species vegetation and the landscape setting of Heritage Pacific estates generally reflects the rural landscape of the Moreton Bay Regional Council area which has been shaped over the years by clearing and grazing. Expansion for residential development over recent years has created strong demand for larger allotments in close proximity to local centres such as Caboolture and Morayfield which are relatively unconstrained for building. With careful planning, new homes can be designed to integrate into the natural, rural setting with minimal disturbance.

Some of the main aspects to consider in home and landscape planning and design include:

• Privacy between allotment use areas at key points,
• Shade and shelter,
• Retention of existing native vegetation where practical ,
• Surrounding habitat corridors and connections,
• Noise and wind buffers
• Natural features such as gully lines and waterholes, and
• Scenic value both into and out of the site.

Allotment Planning Process

To determine the placement of your new home in a Heritage Pacific development a range of factors need to be examined. This process ensures the placement of elements is best suited to the site and user needs and could be considered as “allotment planning”.

The process aims to analyse the individual characteristics of each lot and develop a built form and landscape that responds suitably to the opportunities and constraints that arise.

The benefits of good allotment planning include better lifestyle, reduced construction and maintenance costs, consideration of future needs such as expansion and family changes, and a personal contribution towards achieving the environmental and aesthetic goals of the development.

Key considerations include:

  • Aspect – the orientation of the lot in relation to north and surrounding natural features
  • Context – the relationship between one allotment and its neighbours
  • Climate – the influence of summer and winter sun, breezes, winds and storms
  • Topography – land shape including steep slopes, flat areas, ridgelines and watercourses
  • Drainage – the flow of water across the lot during rain as well as permanent and seasonal flows
  • Vegetation and natural features – existing plant species, creeks and rock outcrops
  • Soils – the type, depth and quality of soil
  • Services and easements – stormwater, electricity, water and telephone, and
  • Views – good and bad views into and out of each allotment.

The manner in which each allotment is used is dependent on identification and appreciation of these highly influential allotment factors.