25 May 2008

Gungahlin town centre planning study released

| Gungahlin Al
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For some years, the Gungahlin Community Council has been campaigning to get someone in the ACT Government to realise that our Town Centre land is disappearing quickly under endless townhouses. Meanwhile the once-promised 23,000 jobs were nowhere to be seen…

Finally the ACT Government has listened and the first-stage result is now out for comment.

The plan below depicts the need to divert “through traffic” around the town centre, and the extension of the commercial core to the east along Hibberson Street.

ACTPLA presented the plan at our May meeting—you can view video of the entire meeting.

It’s now over to Gungahlin residents to lodge your thoughts on the concept plan. On our website you will find details on how to submit your thoughts to ACTPLA, links to various articles about the issue, plus related maps.

Concept Plan

Our general impression is that it is great to see some planners working on this project who are as passionate about “saving the town centre” as we are.

The more intense commercial use could extend into the areas shown as lighter blue (lower density) to the south, as there would be no residential impacts, and more intense equals more jobs.

The “gateway” treatment of the top end of Hibberson Street will be critical to get right, as only “destination traffic” should proceed into the town centre. “Through traffic” should be diverted around the centre down either of the Valley Way or Anthony Rolfe Drive. Hibberson Street must be a “high friction” thoroughfare (something like Childers Street at ANU) to aid this discouragement of traffic.

A similar gateway will be needed at the Ginn Street western end of the town centre to discourage morning commuters from going through the centre.

There will need to be careful controls via the precinct plan on the development of the C5 zone “Mixed Use” (light blue) development framing the town centre to prevent more of the Anthony Rolfe Drive kind of 3-storey-townhouse-with-shop effect.

The business park areas should borrow design hints from Brindabella Park, with setbacks rather than built-to-boundary and greenspaces in order to ensure a highly attractive office environment.

The transition from offices to the existing surrounding residential areas will have to be carefully controlled.

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Gungahlin Al1:06 pm 12 Jun 08

Submissions close on Monday for the Gungahlin Town Centre Planning Study.

I know RA is chock full of people who care about Canberra and/or their patch of it. So if you are from the north, please help make a difference and get something in.

There is a very simple online ACTPLA survey available – the link to it is on the Gungahlin Community Council homepage http://www.gcc.asn.au together with other info about the history of the planning study, maps, etc.

Gungahlin Al6:39 am 29 May 08

The GCC article on the planning study now includes a copy of the live interview with ABC Radio on the issue, for any Gungahlin folk interested in the issue. It runs for 10 minutes. The audio quality could be better but this copy was recorded on the fly – we’re waiting for a better copy from the station.

I agree with ant and Pandy.
Gungahlin in general certainly seems to be using some “other” formula.

It’s a shame flemington road joins where it does – it compells you to keep going straight, because where you’re heading is straight ahead on the other side.

Ur TC is crap withits canyon like streets

It’s weird. the rest of Canberra was planned and as each bit was built, it was all thought out. What the hell happened with Gunghalin? Why so many stuffups, dead ends and re-dos?

Jonathon Reynolds6:47 pm 25 May 08

the correct link for the Video is:

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