Armstrong Creek will become a highly sought-after location for living, working and recreation, forming an attractive addition to Geelong.
Our vision for the growth area
Armstrong Creek will be different from other subdivision developments in and around Geelong. The urban growth area will be developed into a sustainable community that sets new benchmarks in best practice urban development. Natural and cultural features will be protected and enhanced to create a distinct urban character.
It will be a master planned community that enables the early design and inclusion of key community facilities and infrastructure to sustain a future residential, commercial and industrial community. This is a different approach for the City of Greater Geelong.
We aim to deliver innovative approaches in water management, community facilities, public open space, public transport and a walkable/vibrant community.
Where people will live
The growth area will provide for 22,000 lots and a population of around 55,000-65,000 people.
Housing will be delivered for a range of household types in a variety of ways that support the life stages of communities. This will include conventional residential development, medium to high density development and retirement village styles.
Council is committed to providing for a diversity of housing in all precincts. The framework plan nominates areas for medium to high density housing, along with conventional density housing. There is also significant potential for shop top housing and apartment style living in and around the Activity Centres.
There are two dedicated employment precincts in the growth area, the North East Industrial Precinct and the Western Industrial Precinct. The Major Activity Centre will also provide a large scale of employment across Armstrong Creek along with schools and community facilities.
Council anticipates that more than 22,000 jobs will be provided in the growth area as follows:
|Job estimate figures for growth area
|Major Activity Centre
|North East Neighbourhood Activity Centre
|South East Neighbourhood Activity Centre
|Local Shops (Residential)
|North East Industrial Precinct
|Western Industrial Precinct
|Home Based Businesses
|Specialised Local Centres in Employment Precincts
Residents to get services and facilities when they need them
The Armstrong Creek Project Team has developed the Social Integrated Infrastructure Delivery Plan (SIIDP) with other agencies for the whole of the growth area.
The plan identifies the education, health, community service, recreation and the emergency service requirements in the growth area. The plan is focused on the timely provision of these services so that these new communities can develop in a sustainable fashion.
The SIIDP will be used to guide the detailed Precinct Structure Planning for each of the seven precincts.
A mix of public and private schools at both primary and secondary level will be provided across the growth area. In addition to schools it is also envisaged that life long learning opportunities will be available through libraries, kindergartens, playgroups, post secondary, U3A and community houses. The details of the schools which will ultimately be established in Armstrong Creek are not yet known. However, Geelong Lutheran School (prep to year 12) is located on the corner of Burvilles Road and Surfcoast Highway.
A new railway station was completed at Waurn Ponds in 2015.
Marshall railway station
We have been in discussions with the Department of Transport with a view to ensuring the Marshall Station and surrounds are further developed in response to its increased usage. Marshall Station is an integral part of the growth area.
Rail connection to Torquay
The framework plan makes provision for a land corridor which runs from the existing Warrnambool- Melbourne line to the south of the growth area, which will ultimately allow for a rail connection to Torquay. Council has been in discussions with the Department of Transport, and have been advised that initially any public transport link to Torquay will be via a high quality rapid bus service.
Council is also working with Surfcoast Shire to ensure that the appropriate planning for this link is coordinated across municipal boundaries.
Road - East West link from the Geelong Ring Road to the Bellarine Peninsula
The framework plan includes provision for an East West link which runs from the Anglesea Road to the Barwon River. At this stage the location of the road is indicative, but as detailed master planning is undertaken land will be set aside for the road.
Council is committed to reserving land for the future road.
VicRoads have committed to undertaking the planning for the section of road which runs between the Anglesea Road and the Surfcoast Highway.
The civil infrastructure requirements
The Armstrong Creek Project Team has developed the Civil Interagency Infrastructure Delivery Plan (CIIDP). The CIIDP sets out a baseline strategy for the delivery of the following infrastructure items: water, sewerage, gas, electricity, telecommunications, drainage and roads. The CIIDP has been developed in consultation with Barwon Water, VicRoads, Telstra, SPAusnet and Powercor to determine a strategy for the roll out of key infrastructure items and to obtain a commitment from the agencies to roll out the infrastructure items within a ten year timeframe.
There are four different types of activity centres proposed in the growth area, as follows:
- a major activity centre
- two neighbourhood activity centres, one in Armstrong Creek east precinct and one in Horseshoe bend precinct
- local centres
- specialised local centres.
Making the new community more environmentally sustainable
Armstrong Creek will seek to delivery innovative solutions for the capture, recycling and use of water. Drought tolerant landscaping and sports fields will be encouraged along with locating wetlands / water storage ponds beside public open space for irrigation use, the use of water sensitive urban design, third pipe recycled water, and rain water tanks for both household and business use.
All residents will benefit from a dedicated “purple pipe” delivering Class A recycled water for flushing their toilets, washing their cars and watering their gardens. Recycled water will also be used for irrigating public spaces and sporting grounds.
The use of recycled water at Armstrong Creek is expected to save more 2,400 million litres of drinking water a year. Recycled water will be operational from 1 July 2014. Until then, regular drinking water will be supplied via the purple pipe system.
To ensure the efficient use of energy lots will be oriented to achieve excellent solar orientation. Large scale business and commercial buildings will be encouraged to utilise efficient co-generation systems (shared facilities), environmentally sustainable design and appropriate solar orientation and passive design for both heating and cooling.
Where possible, street and public lighting will utilise solar technology for sourcing energy minimising the long term operating costs and environmental impacts of these assets.
Frequent and high standard walking and cycling paths are a key initiative and one of the key visions for the growth area is to develop walkable communities that are not reliant on the family car, and where possible, encourage single vehicle households.
Walking and cycling paths will be developed in an integrated "web" across the total growth area to encourage the community the walk or cycle for local trips less than five kilometres. The road environment will be designed to give higher priority to pedestrians and cyclists to ensure a safe and quick journey for trips to key community and commercial facilities.
Opportunities are being explored to provide every household and business with optic fibre telecommunication. This will provide a high speed communication environment for businesses competing on a national and / or global scale, and allow home based businesses and the general community to utilise high quality telecommunication technology.