10. MASTERPLAN COMPONENTS
Within the overall master plan concept there are many components which make up the total community plan for self-sufficient and affordable housing.
These generally include:
- Infrastructure and services
- Circulation and access
- Biodiversity and landscaping
- Energy management
- Integrated water management
- Waste as a resource
- Permaculture and food
- Zero carbon initiatives
- Social and economic management
- Land use and buildings
- Community facilities
These components generally require specialised input which will respond to the detailed needs as the project progresses in steps from establishment to completion. They have all been included in the master plan concept.
All necessary infrastructure and services are located within the site as an integrated part of the overall plan.
Infrastructure services are located in efficient trenching within the road and pathway network for ease of access, servicing and maintenance.
The internal roads are based on water sensitive urban design with narrow paved areas and earth table drainage runoff connected to overland stormwater flows.
Cycleways, walkways and paths are all integrated in a comprehensive circulation network for people movement and maintenance throughout the site.
An energy management plan will show how all energy needs can be provided within the site based on a solar system with integrated collection, storage and usage.
The waste is collected and processed within the site as a resource with compostable waste used to fertilise the extensive community gardens that provide the food for overall community needs as well as any excess being traded with external markets.
It is also envisaged that street planting will incorporate food trees and the open spaces within each housing cluster could also include herb gardens and food production.
Any excess carbon generated within the community can be offset by the extensive tree planting and rehabilitation of any degraded areas within the site will also act as carbon sinks.
A social management plan will highlight the community needs with meeting places, art and craft, food hub, café, shop, administration and childcare all allowed for within the site.
A general outline of the options available to establish the energy, water and waste management plans is included in the Appendix to this study for reference.