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Kingston and Dickson to feel the dead hand of ACT Planning

By johnboy 12 August 2009 3

There’s a school of thought that the reason Kingston and Dickson are two of the more throbbing and vibrant parts of the city is thanks to their names ending in “-on”. Others think it might be something to do with not being constantly messed around by planning bureaucrats and being allowed to evolve to meet human needs.

Let’s hope it’s the former because Andrew Barr has announced that he’s kicking off master plan consultation for these much loved precincts:

    Mr Barr said Purdon Associates have been appointed to run the projects which deliver on ACT Labor’s election commitment to invest more than $300,000 in new master plans to ensure the people of Dickson and Kingston have better access to supermarkets, retail, transport, housing and parking.

    “These master plans will examine the needs of the communities and businesses of Kingston and Dickson,” Mr Barr said. “They will provide a long-term plan that reflects the community’s needs and those of the business community. The master plans will also focus on the improvement of the group centres of Kingston and Dickson.

    “In particular the master plans will examine how to improve access to supermarkets in these areas with a view to ensuring greater competition amongst retailers and greater choice for consumers. They will also guide land release and redevelopment to ensure Kingston and Dickson remain safe, accessible, attractive, culturally rich, economically viable and ecologically sustainable into the future.

You can access both the Dickson Plan and the Kingston Plan on the ACTPLA website.

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bd84 10:32 pm 12 Aug 09

They would almost certainly have to build underground carparking for any further development of either site, parking on both sites is already stretched.

sepi 10:14 pm 12 Aug 09

I”m fascinated to see their plans for improving parking at Kingston and Dickson.
Aren’t they building on the Kingston carpark?

54-11 9:29 pm 12 Aug 09

I like the headline, JB. Purdon and Associates are far too cozy with the ACT government, and are adept at giving Stanhope exactly what he wants. What’s the bet, for example, that the new (useless) library will get the tick?

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