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Change to Territory Plan gives Tuggeranong scope for change

By 24 June 2014 5

Plans to encourage development and revitalise the Tuggeranong town centre will consolidate the existing centre by reducing car dependency and locating more people closer to existing businesses.

Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, today approved Territory Plan draft variation 318, which will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly.

“The strong message we’ve received from the broader Tuggeranong community and stakeholders is that stimulating development and growth in the town centre is a priority,” Mr Corbell said.

“While there has been talk in the media about extending Tuggeranong to the west, the ACT government has been actively working on improvements that can be implemented now and within the town centre’s existing footprint.

“DV318 contains a range of incentives to give the centre a kick start, based on a sound policy platform – the Tuggeranong Town Centre Master Plan 2012.

“The master plan’s analysis and comprehensive public consultation led to DV318’s balanced approach that will consolidate the existing centre with the benefits of reduced car dependency, more people living closer to existing businesses and better use of services and facilities.”

DV318 includes an increase in building heights in key locations across the town centre. Building heights at the foreshore will remain but will be stepped up to 6-7 storeys in the centre.

Office boulevard precincts will be encouraged on Athllon Drive and Soward Way with heights of 8-9 storeys and one site on the corner of Athllon Drive and Rowland Rees Drive has been identified for a landmark development up to 12 storeys.

“This increase in height will not be at the expense of the unique features and character of the town centre. Major views and vistas will be protected and the lake foreshore and public open spaces will not be overshadowed,” Mr Corbell said.

Parts of Greenway will be rezoned to CZ2 to encourage mixed use development and rezoning sections 7 and 12 will extend the business area to both sides of Soward Way.

“Rezoning a number of parcels of land will encourage a mix of residential and small scale commercial development which will increase activity in the town centre.”

DV318 will also activate the underused southern end of the lake by rezoning part of block 5 section 10 to medium density residential. Car parking requirements for new offices in the town centre will be reduced from 2.5 to 2 spaces per 100m2 of GFA.

(Simon Corbell Media release)

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5 Responses to Change to Territory Plan gives Tuggeranong scope for change
#1
bj_ACT1:25 pm, 25 Jun 14

How about actually putting some effort and money into improving the areas near the shops and Macdonalds and building something to attract people into the Tuggeranong precinct.

There is nothing here that you would bring a visitor to, nothing for teenagers who don’t like skateboarding and graffittii, the ACT government has ignored the area for so long that increasing the building height from 4 to 8 stories is not going to make any difference to help Tuggeranong residents.

Maybe the press release would have been better used to soak up lake scum or to lay on the benches by the lake that haven’t seen a coat of paint in 20 years. Lake Belconnen must have had $1000 from ACT taxpayers to every single dollar spent on Lake Tuggerenong.

#2
watto232:01 pm, 25 Jun 14

Agree that better planning and use of the land from the Hyperdome to the lake would have been a good start. Why do we have a KFC and a MacDonalds by the lake instead of some good cafes and restaurants. It all seems screwed up.
Fixing this will be better than Zed’s stupid plan of building across from the Murrumbidgee.

#3
switch2:50 pm, 25 Jun 14

Don’t worry, the tram will fix it.

#4
miz10:01 pm, 25 Jun 14

The govt forgets that Tuggers is over 30 years old and was built on the cheap when self-govt was new. Sure, bring on swanky infill on the (very stinky) lake foreshore, but in exchange for that cash cow can please we have some serious ongoing maintenance and completed road duplications?

#5
watto2310:43 am, 26 Jun 14

miz said :

The govt forgets that Tuggers is over 30 years old and was built on the cheap when self-govt was new. Sure, bring on swanky infill on the (very stinky) lake foreshore, but in exchange for that cash cow can please we have some serious ongoing maintenance and completed road duplications?

Well the lake itself needs work as do all the lakes in Canberra, but its really not as bad as some make it out to be. I use it to kayak on and many fish in the lake, sois Tuggers as bad as many make it out to be and if so why do people still live here? I’ve lived here for 38 ish years and have traveled extensively and yet to find many other places I’d prefer to live.

Drakeford drive is a far better road than Gungahlin ever got. Yeah there are bottlenecks that need to be fixed of course, but everyone will argue they have bottlenecks in their bit of the woods. We have plenty of houses with decent sized yards, but lack the medium and high density, which other have that invigorate the town centres themselves.

The town centre needs rejuvenation, I’m interested to see just what SouthQuay development does for the area. Building more houses on the other side of the river will fix no problem and create more and Zed is way of the mark at that suggestion. Some higher density living in places like Erindale and tuggeranong itself will help attract business, because there are more people nearby and its convenient.

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