When the ACT Government made its announcement that the DA for the supermarket complex in Dickson had been approved, it set off a curious chain of events.
The manner in which the announcement was handled by the government has increased the evidence of the growing gap between our elected politicians and the issues and aspirations of the voters.
I first became aware of [...]
What does it take for the ACT Government to have vision for developments in and around my own suburb of Dickson? I’ll get back to the question.
On Thursday the planning authority (ACTPLA) announced that it had approved the latest version of the application for the new supermarket complex. Sadly from the information made available, it [...]
Sometimes the words of local politicians are a thing of wonder. Here’s a very curious story.
Last week there were two articles in the Canberra Times about statements by the Chief Minister on the proposals by the CSIRO to develop their Ginninderra Field Station site in northwest Belconnen.
These statements were made in the context of there being a [...]
Here’s another sad tale about the ACT Government’s patronising attitude towards residents. This one ends with the latest evidence of an approach to Canberra’s urban development that makes it difficult for members of the community to have their say.
The ACT Government knows well that residents in and around Dickson have a keen interest in [...]
Canberra’s planners in the 1950s and beyond delivered an infrastructure made for cars. There were even major freeways planned (a story for another day).
The road infrastructure until lately has been fairly successful and, in turn, has encouraged locals to use cars rather than public transport. Cars are part of most people’s daily lives.
We might be [...]
There are many things about the current ACT Government that are causing concerns, to me and local residents I meet with often – and I think most of us voted for them. Now that’s a worry!
If all that was not enough, then along come a couple of Canberra Times articles concerning the employment of the TAMS Minister’s [...]
The good people of Canberra, when they are in an optimistic mood, still believe there is a planning authority (ACTPLA) that consists of a learned group of experts who collectively make evidenced based and objective decisions on planning and development. Sadly this is not the reality.
Do we still have a planning authority?
About ten years [...]
I don’t think the residents will be holding celebrations about what is being proposed for the new supermarket complex here in downtown Dickson.
Dickson is the main commercial/shopping hub for the inner north of Canberra and most residents would agree that it is overdue for a revamp. We know too well what the problems are. There [...]
Anyone who has been through the Dickson shops lately will have noticed an unsettling trend. The number of vacancies is increasing.
Meanwhile there are currently many proposals floating about that will have an effect on the future of this inner north Canberra Group Centre – the official title for the Dickson commercial/shopping precinct.
The most notorious is [...]
There’s a talk at the Albert Hall here in Canberra on Tuesday 16 February. The title for this session definitely sounds as though a focus group of bureaucrats have signed off on it.
The title is: Urban Renewal – a partnership with the community.
These words are meant to be harmless, non-threatening and inoffensive (well not too [...]
There’s a notice in circulation for a public forum at the Albert Hall to be addressed by David Dawes who is the chief of the LDA/Directorate – the section of the ACT Government that oversees the sale of land, the development of new suburbs and the redevelopments within established suburbs.
As far as I know David [...]
When Jon Stanhope commented on his disappointment – or was it frustration – with the lack of the ACT Government’s achievement in delivering on social housing, it struck a note with anyone who likewise considers that the LDA/directorate is focused on land sales at the expense of urban development and issues such as social housing.
When the ACT Government announced in October that they were putting out to tender the development of an arts precinct within the Kingston Foreshore, it did send a quiet ripple through those involved in the arts.
There are many models of precincts that could be classified as being an arts precinct, such as parts of South [...]
Canberra residents have noticed that whenever the Chief Minister and his LDA/Directorate bureaucrats want to send in the bulldozers into an established suburb, that they use the same propaganda. They do this despite the fact that no-one believes the spin, which is not based on an honest translation of the residents’ aspirations as expressed time [...]
Just when most locals probably thought that there have been more than enough discussions and surveys about the Canberra’s new light rail (or trams), the ACT Government has launched another consultation on the topic.
But wait – do not despair just yet – this time the focus is not about whether or not, or when or [...]
The ACT Government’s Land Development Agency (LDA) has just circulated a media release that I think was meant to be good news and was supposed to inform us that something is about to happen along Northbourne Ave.
Apparently the LDA/Chief Minister’s Directorate is very happy about a decision by the Heritage Council to list seventeen buildings. [...]
Two planning announcements have raised a few eyebrows in Canberra recently.
The first was that the government had taken back the running of the infamous Westside container precinct. This so called ‘experimental’ development was due to open in time for Floriade in 2014. As of August 2015, it was yet to become fully operational, despite the Chief [...]
The transformation of Northbourne Avenue will soon begin with the lodging yesterday of the Development Application for the demolition of the Dickson Flats on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and Morphett Street.
Once the DA has been approved, the Land Development Agency will engage a civil contractor to undertake the demolition of the flats, and [...]
Two unique mixed-use sites on the Kingston Foreshore both sold under the hammer this morning to local developers.
Block 3 sold for $6.95 million to Boris Planinac of Pavillion Homes. Block 4 sold for $7.35 to David O’Keefe of Madison Constructions.
Both blocks allow for a range of residential and commercial uses, with a [...]
I was listening to 666 this morning as they discussed the section of Campbell up for auction today. Five blocks, located on the corner of Constitution Avenue and Anzac parade were going under the hammer with an expected figure of $40m hoped to be achieved. I must confess, I’m not a massive fan [...]
The Property Council’s Catherine Carter is making her displeasure with the LDA known:
The Land Development Agency should have known that Denman Prospect Molonglo would not sell in the way that it was offered to the market.
“The market has spoken”, said Property Council ACT Executive Director Catherine Carter. “It’s hardly a surprise that in the [...]
The Economic Development Directorate has announced the LDA will develop Denman Prospect themselves:
The Land Development Agency will develop the new Molonglo suburb of Denman Prospect rather than sell the 100 hectare site as an englobo parcel.
The decision was taken following extensive negotiations with a potential purchaser which finally proved to be unsuccessful.
“While it is [...]
The Land Development Agency has a listing for the sale of the historic, and very beautiful, Hotel Kurrajong.
The purchaser is NRMA Hotel Holdings Pty Ltd As Trustee for KJ Hotel Trust.
Hopefully they’ll do something great with the heritage listed building.
The ABC has more details.
Did anyone read this article in the Canberra Times about the OwnPlace scheme?
Oddly enough, I can’t find it anywhere on the Canberra Times website now.
But I was absolutely appalled by the apathetic and unfriendly attitude of the Land Development Agency. I don’t care if it’s not LDA’s responsibility. At the very [...]
I’m looking to build/buy my family home around 2016 and am interested in what land releases might be available in that timeframe (2016-2018). I’ve been to the LDA website http://www.lda.act.gov.au but it really seems to be only focused on two years out. Does anyone know there is information on what long term planning there is for [...]
Andrew Barr has announced new appointments to the highly sensitive board of the Land Development Agency:
I am delighted that Ross Barrett OAM and Susan Proctor have agreed to join the Board. Mr Barrett, well known and highly regarded in the ACT construction and development industry, will Chair the LDA Board.
Mr Barrett, an engineer by profession, [...]
I am trying to get out of a Land Development Agency contract though it isnt very easy!!
Can anyone advise?
Andrew Barr is very excited that the Land Development Agency has been gonged for its affordable housing in Bonner:
I congratulate the staff of the Land Development Agency (LDA) for winning the prestigious and highly competitive Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) National Award for Affordable Development at the 2012 Awards for Excellence.
The award was presented [...]
Article in the Canberra Times this morning proudly promotes a footbridge to a proposed “private island” of exclusive residences, with no public spaces as far as I can tell (there is little information online).
It has been funded by the Land Development Agency as “part of almost $18 million it is spending on the public [...]
With little fanfare the Chief Minister’s website has pushed out the first tranche of Cabinet Outcomes, this one for June.
The ones that appear to be actual decisions rather than studies and consultations which we did not previously know about are:
– Direct Sale of Land to ALDI Foods Pty Ltd – Cabinet agreed to the direct [...]
Andrew Barr has unveiled significant changes to the way land is controlled in the ACT:
the Government has opted for a model that retains the independent expertise and commercial focus provided by the LDA Board while closely integrating the activities of the Land Development Agency (LDA) and the Economic Development Directorate (EDD). These arrangements aim to [...]