The new master planned development site on the Keperra Quarry site has been bought by Frasers Property. The 48.7-hectare site has development approval for up to 700 houses and 60% green areas like parklands and conservation areas.
Frasers Queensland residential general manager Scott Ullman said the site’s elevation would giver owners views to the Glasshouse Mountains north of Brisbane. He went on to say that the Keperra development would include a combination of detached, low density and medium-density terraced houses.
“Our focus now is to refine the masterplan design for the new community, working toward an expected launch in 2021,” he said.
The current masterplan of the development approval remains the same as when Brookfield Residential Properties held the project in 2018.
For the last 60 years, Keperra Quarry in north Brisbane has been producing local granite, used in everything from boulders to building products. Now, with the stores of granite running out, the area is scheduled to become a master planned community of over 700 dwellings. The Keperra Quarry redevelopment by Brookfield Residential Properties has recently obtained council approval for their plans for the site—a $313 million residential community.
The site will include medium to low-density residential areas as well as parks, recreations and conservation areas. 59% of the 5-hectare site will remain as open space: everything from landscaped parks to bushland hiking trails.
The residential part of the development will be divided into two precincts, the first of low-density residences with buildings restricted up to three storeys. The second precinct will consist of medium-density residences, with approval to build up to five-storey apartments and townhouse complexes.
The Keperra Quarry redevelopment will be situated off Samford and Settlement Road, and just 8km from the CBD. The residential area will be developed just behind the Great Western Super Centre as well as a Bunnings Warehouse and other future retailers which will join that centre within the next year. On the other side of the development is Keperra Sanctuary Aged Care.
Recently, Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk shut down the proposed upgrade to Samford road to accommodate for the increase in traffic that will come with this new development. Although it’s still on the table for the future, it’s been ruled out in the short-term, under the belief the existing road is more than capable of handling the increased traffic.
Brookfield Residential Properties will be using the existing quarry escarpment to provide landscape features and backdrops for the Keperra Quarry redevelopment, instead of undergoing the taxing and expensive task of flattening the area. The escarpments will also help to provide the residences with views out to the surrounding suburbs and the hinterland.
The sport and recreational precinct will be situated towards the back of the Keperra Quarry redevelopment, backing onto the Keperra Barracks site. While it will start out as privately owned by Brookfield Residential Properties, there have been discussions recently of potentially gifting some of this land back to the Brisbane City Council in the future.
This area will be perfectly geared towards a range of outdoor activities. Mountain bike trails, hiking tracks and rock climbing areas will all be a part of the development. Looking towards the more landscaped green spaces, they are planning an entry park with water feature and dense tree screening as well as a bigger park with an amphitheatre and state-of-the-art playground.
Although these plan for the Keperra Quarry redevelopment have been in the works by Brookfield Residential Properties since 2016, it was only late in 2017 that they were given the green light by Brisbane City Council on their rezoning application. A separate building application will still have to be approved once the building designs are finalised.
The development is expected to be complete within the next 10 years, so be patient with this one.