A new 186-bed accommodation subdivision in Thredbo Alpine Resort in the Snowy Mountains will be the first in three decades, if approved.
Kosciuszko Thredbo (KT), owned by Event Hospitality and Entertainment (EVT), has lodged a development application (DA) with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for the proposed low-density subdivision on a section of the Thredbo Golf Course.
It will deliver 19 building lots with a combined footprint of nearly 5000 square metres, and the first new accommodation precinct since the Woodridge and Crackenback Ridge subdivisions in 1986 and 1993, respectively.
The expected 186 beds will help meet growing demand for self-contained tourist accommodation in the alpine resorts, especially in the summer and winter peaks.
The 19 separate building lots will sit largely on the existing first, third and fourth fairways and necessitate a redesign of the course, retaining a nine-hole set-up.
KT says the development is in line with the vision set out by the NSW Government’s Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct Master Plan, a 40-year strategic plan to bring together planning and investment while boosting jobs and economic activity in the region.
It says the proposed development has been in planning for the past two years in consultation with the Planning and Environment Department, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Rural Fire Service, and other key agencies to ensure that the new precinct complements and enhances Thredbo’s unique alpine village and fits within the natural environment.
KT general manager Stuart Diver said the DA had carefully considered the NSW Government’s objectives to boost activity in the region, while the unique alpine environment was respected and preserved.
“Thredbo has been voted Australia’s No. 1 alpine ski resort for the past six years and we aim to continue to deliver experiences that support this position,” Mr Diver said.
This DA is for preparing and servicing the subdivision. KT will then sell the lots to developers, who will need to adhere to sustainable design principles under the Thredbo Development Guidelines.
A new internal access road has been designed to be wide enough at 6.1m to fit emergency vehicles and accommodate two-way traffic.
It will include a heated turning head and room for snow-clearing machinery.
A roundabout between the public car parks and subdivision will enable turnaround and avoid unnecessary traffic entering the subdivision. It will also provide an emergency services staging area when required.
An extra 48 public carparking spaces will be provided along the access road, south-west of the Community Centre, and will include two or three electric-vehicle chargers.
The proposal is on display on the NSW Planning Portal until 6 November.
Original Article published by Ian Bushnell on Riotact.