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  • 310 Gregors Creek Road, Gregors Creek

    for

    Edith Pastoral Company

    Date: Jan 2016

    Revision: B

    Visual Impact Assessment Plan

    Concrete Batching Plant

  • VISUAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT PLAN

    CONCRETE BATCHING PLANT

    310 GREGORS CREEK ROAD Lockyer Designs

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    Document control sheet

    If you have any questions regarding this document, please contact:

    Contact Officer Tony McDonald

    Title Project Manager (Lockyer Designs)

    Phone: 07 5462 4785

    Job No: LD-1044

    Version history

    Revision No. Date Details

    A November 2015 Draft Issue

    B January 2016 Final Issue

    52 Crescent Street (PO Box 383), Gatton Qld 4343

    P: 07 5462 4785 F: 07 5462 1823

    230 James Street (PO Box 18132)

    Toowoomba Qld 4350

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  • VISUAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT PLAN

    CONCRETE BATCHING PLANT

    310 GREGORS CREEK ROAD Lockyer Designs

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    Executive Summary

    Lockyer Designs was commissioned by Edith Pastoral Company to produce a visual impact assessment plan for the proposed Concrete Batching Plant at 310 Gregors Creek Road, Gregors Creek as part of the Development Permit Material Change of Use application to Somerset Regional Council. The proposed site is currently farming land and adjoins pastoral land. The proposed development site is located on the southern side of Gregors Creek Road approximately 3km from the Brisbane Valley Highway intersection. The concrete batching area is located approximately 2.8km from Gregors Creek Road along an existing access road. The development site is bound by undeveloped pastoral lands with the nearest neighbour approximately 1.36km from the site on the south western side of the concrete batching plant location. Analysis of the visual impact was undertaken through field and desk top observation, evaluation of the existing landscape, and analysis of degree of visual impact which could potentially be caused by the proposed development. Views towards the development site are only evident from:

     Gregors Creek Road to the northeast – Not Visible.

     Gregors Creek Road to the northwest - Not Visible to Very Slightly Visible.

     South West Side of Development - Partly Visible.

    In conclusion the proposed development will have low visual impact on the surrounding landscape, and the following items will help shield the development face view:

    a) There is mature vegetation in view from Gregors Creek Road which creates a constraint on sightlines from Gregors Creek Road within the visibility catchment.

    b) The horizontal alignment of Gregors Creek Road will also reduce the visual impact of the development due to the curvature of the road.

    c) Existing trees will be retained if possible; however, as a consequence of the development some existing trees are required to be removed. The removal of existing trees was taken into consideration for the visual impact assessment. Edith Pastoral Company will plant trees along the access road and the south western side of the concrete batching plant to reduce the visibility impact of the operation.

  • VISUAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT PLAN

    CONCRETE BATCHING PLANT

    310 GREGORS CREEK ROAD Lockyer Designs

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Executive Summary .................................................................................................................................. 2

    1. Introduction ...................................................................................................................................... 4

    2. Proposal ............................................................................................................................................ 4

    3. Site Description ................................................................................................................................. 4

    4. Field Investigation............................................................................................................................. 5

    5. Visibility Catchment .......................................................................................................................... 6

    6. Identification of View Points ............................................................................................................ 6

    7. Visual Impact Analysis ...................................................................................................................... 6

    8. Analysis ............................................................................................................................................. 6

    8.1 Field Investigation ................................................................................................................................... 6

    8.2 Surrounding Land Uses ........................................................................................................................... 7

    8.3 Landform and Elevation .......................................................................................................................... 7

    8.4 Visual Character and Vegetation ............................................................................................................ 8

    8.5 Visibility Catchment ................................................................................................................................ 9

    8.6 View Point Identification ...................................................................................................................... 10

    9. Conclusions ..................................................................................................................................... 12

    10. Extractive Industry – Hard Rock Extraction ................................................................................ 12

    11. Appendix – Drawings .................................................................................................................. 13

  • VISUAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT PLAN

    CONCRETE BATCHING PLANT

    310 GREGORS CREEK ROAD Lockyer Designs

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    1. Introduction

    Lockyer Designs was commissioned by Edith Pastoral Company to produce a visual impact assessment plan for the proposed Concrete Batching Plant at 310 Gregors Creek Road, Gregors Creek as part of the Development Permit Material Change of Use application to Somerset Regional Council. The proposed site is currently farming land and adjoins pastoral land. Refer to figure 1.

    2. Proposal

    The proposed development as shown on Drawing No LD-1030-SK08 – Overall Locality Plan, will be visible to a limited degree from the south southwest direction to a northwest direction due to the topography of the land and the location of the concrete batching plant. The operation is not visible from other directions due to the existing rolling to mountainous terrain. Motorists travelling along Gregors Creek Road will have limited and intermittent view of the plant. Where possible existing trees will be retained, however, as a consequence of the development some existing trees are required to be removed. The removal of existing trees was taken into consideration for the visual impact assessment. Edith Pastoral Company will plant trees along the access road, the south western side of the concrete batching plant to reduce the visibility impact of the operation.

    3. Site Description

    The proposed development site is located on the southern side of Gregors Creek Road approximately 3km from the Brisbane Valley Highway intersection. The concrete batching area is located approximately 2.8km from Gregors Creek Road along an existing access road. Refer to figure 1.The development site is bound by undeveloped pastoral lands with the nearest neighbour approximately 1.36km from the site on the south western side of the concrete batching plant. The proposed fully developed site is located within the following parcels of land covering approximately 1,500m2 of the total area of 369ha.

     Lot 1 RP75267,

     Lot 2 RP75267,

     Lot 1 RP15328,

     Lot 5 RP41543,

     Lot 2 RP99954,

     Lot 1 CSH2113,

     Lot 3 RP84104. The site has road frontage along the northern boundary to Gregors Creek Road. The traffic volume on this road is low and consists of local residents, people travelling to or from Kilcoy and tourists to Somerset Dam.

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    CONCRETE BATCHING PLANT

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    Figure 1 – Locality Plan

    Analysis of the visual impact was undertaken through observation, evaluation of the existing landscape, and analysis of degree of visual impact which could potentially be caused by the proposed development. The visual assessment methodology involves the following stages:

     Field Investigation and Observations,

     Identification of Visibility Catchment/Identification of Viewpoints,

     Visual Impact Analysis,

     Identification of key design elements,

     Operational Recommendations.

    4. Field Investigation

    The field invest

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