Page 1459 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 10 April 2013

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The ACT planning strategy is the overarching government policy for a more compact, efficient city. This policy requires master plans to be undertaken for areas of change around the ACT. It is undertaken by ESDD’s city planning section with close collaboration with other government agencies and, of course, the community.

My electorate of Brindabella currently has four master plans in differing stages, those being the Tuggeranong, the Tuggeranong town park, the Erindale and the Kambah master plans. These master plans have all had very high level consultation. Through my discussions with the community I have found that they are very pleased to see that this government cares about the future planning and development of Brindabella.

Master planning in town centres focuses the delivery of the best future outcomes by examining options for residential, retail and community needs in those areas and how the centres relate to surrounding neighbourhoods and their relevant transport links. The studies undertaken to inform each master plan address key issues such as residential density, public transport, traffic and parking, pedestrian and cycle movement, and land use diversity. Of course, climate change and greenhouse gas reductions, as well as taking into account community and stakeholder views, are important.

The Tuggeranong master plan was set up in September last year when the ACT government announced what has been nearly two years worth of consultation on the Tuggeranong master plan. This 75-page document will guide the transformation of Tuggeranong. The ACT government has listened to residents and will be delivering up to another 7,800 new dwellings, transforming major streets into people-friendly boulevards and boosting the amount of on and off-street parking. This plan also sets out a sustainable direction for the area. With proper planning, the town centre’s street grid will establish views to the mountains, residential redevelopment that can take advantage of good solar orientation, walking and cycling links to Lake Tuggeranong and sunny, sheltered spaces for outdoor dining and relaxation.

The community consultation has been varied and comprehensive, with the use of a consultant working with ACTPLA and ESDD through the four consultation sessions to ensure the largest possible stakeholder engagement. Events such as a youth consultation roadshow, which went to local school and youth groups to have their views heard, stakeholder interviews, community drop-ins and consultation with residents at the Tuggeranong Community Council and the Tuggeranong festival, ensured that no-one missed out having their views heard.

With the plan now endorsed by the ACT government, the next step is, of course, the implementation of this plan. In that process, the key actions include the preparation of a precinct code which specifies land use, height and design details, which will encourage development and redevelopment and ensure it achieves the principles outlined in the master plan and start the territory plan variation process, the investigation of options for private-public partnership establishment and land release of territory-owned land on section 19 and land around the foreshore and the identification and preparation of capital works proposals for public realm and infrastructure improvements for consideration by government in subsequent budgets.

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