RIPLEY Valley is set to welcome its first residents next year.
Developer Sekisui House has begun early works on the first stage of the massive housing development: demolition of existing buildings, stabilising the site and disconnecting utilities.
A spokesperson for Sekisui House, Japan's biggest house builder, said civil construction on the site would begin this year.
"In the coming months, the community can expect to see construction hoarding being assembled and an increase in the presence on site of engineering, surveying and construction staff," the spokesperson said.
"Sekisui House plans that its project sales and information centre will be operational early 2014, with the first residents to be welcomed later in the year."
The Japanese developer held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site last November to kick off the long-delayed project.
The spokesperson said an information centre would be set up to show off plans for the Ecco Ripley development.
"The sales and information centre will demonstrate the Sekisui House difference and innovation, especially seen through the approach to landscaping, urban design and our overall attention to detail," the spokesperson said.
"In line with Sekisui House's four key design pillars, Environment, Connected, Community and Opportunity, we will be commencing our project with a strong focus on infrastructure with the delivery of the first phase upgrade of Ripley Road, ensuring a well-connected community from day one."
The development will take shape on a 194ha site and includes 4000 homes, with more than 10,000 residents expected to live there.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has been campaigning for the area to be connected to the Springfield and Ipswich rail lines.
According to Sekisui House, Ecco Ripley is set to become the centre of the Ripley Valley area, which the company expects to be home to 120,000 people and 50,000 dwellings.
Stage one of the project will see 257 approved dwellings released on 30 lots.
A range of houses is being designed by Sekisui House.