9.1 Phasing Strategy
The phasing strategy should allow Linbro Park to grow incrementally, from an established nucleus outwards. Reaching a critical development mass should be an early goal, to best attract tenants, developers, and investors. At the same time, the phasing strategy must be sufficiently flexible to adapt to shifting market conditions.
Development will be dependent on the availability of infrastructure. Service provision for new development such as sewer, water and electricity exists west of the watershed. Fortunately, the configuration allows for easy branching of services on a demand basis. Interest has already been shown for development of the Linbro Park properties adjoining Marlboro Drive and the PWV3.
In any development scenario, Phase One of Linbro Park should commence closest to the current road accesses and connection points of the outfall sewers, stormwater systems and electrical substations with the following core projects, which are believed to be critical to the success and establishment of the proposed UDF:
Internal road construction and upgrades;
Public transport facilities/lay-byes;
Walkway construction, street-trees and street lighting improvements;
Infrastructure services upgrades and extensions; and
Bulk power supply improvement and upgrades.
The Phase One areas are both located in relatively close proximity to infrastructure services. It is estimated that they would together generate significant spin-offs – and create a quality urban environment. The Phase One areas within Linbro allow ample opportunity for a variety of different uses, with different scales and densities.
Further phasing could direct development further east, based on market demand. In this manner, large upfront infrastructure costs can be avoided until market forces make them feasible.
LINBRO PARK: Urban Design Framework Plan