ACT executive director of the Property Council of Australia, Catherine Carter has called for Canberrans to maximize the opportunities available through the City Plan to revive our city’s heart and connect all our individual suburbs into one great city (in an article written by her for the Canberra Times).
The City Plan is the first planned overhaul of the city since 1983. While long overdue many other governments have tried to set a character around the city centre, but this is the first that sets the direction for development through to 2030 and beyond.
The plan includes increased city living, limited traffic and better connections both through the city and to the lake, encouraging a vibrant atmosphere. A number of projects are currently underway as part of this plan, including redevelopment of ABC flats and developing options to limit traffic impacts in the city centre.
Ms Carter does question whether this is just another plan for a plan and suggests that some of our most vibrant and dynamic areas, such as NewActon, the ANU precinct and Lonsdale Street are successful in part due to their chaos.
Do you agree? Perhaps it is the planning that has failed our city centre? What do you think the City Centre needs to kick start our pulse, or has the heart moved elsewhere?