Throsby location map provided by the LDA. Photo: Supplied
The new Gungahlin suburb of Throsby is a step closer following the approval of plans by the ACT government.
The federal government announced last week it had signed off on the development of the land, stretching from established suburbs to the ACT-NSW border.
As part of the Gungahlin strategic assessment process, land for the new suburb, next to Harrison, has been more than halved to protect the habitat of threatened species.
The Land Development Agency has decided to continue development of the area and has called for tenders for the planning and engineering of Throsby.
An estate development plan is to be completed by January with a development application lodged by June nest year.
Agency chief executive David Dawes said last week's approval had given the agency certainty about the land.
He said it was good to be able to move so quickly into the planning stages.
"Throsby will no doubt be a sought-after location, particularly given there will be such a diversity of housing options for those wanting to live there,'' Mr Dawes said.
The 116 hectares 2.5 kilometres from the Gungahlin town centre, will accommodate up to 1100 dwellings.
The suburb will be low to medium-density with a mixture of residential blocks of 250 to 750 square metres.
There will also be multi-unit sites of up to four storeys in the mixed-use commercial centre.
Mr Dawes said it was anticipated that Throsby would have recreational facilities and shopping that would be less than a kilometre away for most of its residents.
The area to be developed in Throsby was halved by the government following the identification of several threatened species including the superb parrot and the golden sun moth.
Under the Gungahlin strategic assessment about 300 hectares of the suburb was given conservation status.
Most of the area is between the Mulligans Flat and Goorooyarroo nature reserves.
During the process Conservation Council ACT had expressed concerns about the urban development of Throsby encroaching on the habitat of the parrot.
The council had not wanted urban development east of Horse Park Drive due to the species' established nesting area.
Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury said that while he shared concern over how much buffer zone was allocated to provide protection for the parrot he was pleased with the area set aside for conservation.
''I think significant improvements have been made from the early proposals, I think the balance is right,'' he said.
Gungahlin Community Council president Ewan Brown said the council was happy with the trade-off between the reduction in residential development and green space.
He said residents would wait for detailed plans for the suburb but were particularly keen on the proposed playing fields.
''Hopefully, it will provide more leisure facilities for Gungahlin so we don't have this mass of housing going on everywhere,'' Mr Brown said.
There is also a proposal for a visitors centre to be built with Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve.