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Lawson South consultation kicks off

By johnboy - 15 April 2009 25

Andrew Barr is asking for your thoughts on the proposed development of Lawson South. Basically the northern shore of Lake Ginninderra.

You can find the draft planning study online.

To have your say send in written comments by 12 May 2009 to: Project Manager, Lawson South Planning Study, Land Policy Section, ACT Planning and Land Authority

    Post: GPO Box 1908, Canberra ACT 2601
    Hand delivery: ACTPLA Customer Service Centre, 16 Challis Street, Dickson
    Email: actpla.lawson@act.gov.au

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Lawson South consultation kicks off
Primal 2:17 pm 15 Apr 09

It’ll probably end up as a mixed zoning area – residential/commercial/intergalactic.

p1 2:07 pm 15 Apr 09

Isn’t there toxic waste on this land?

There has been a process taking place early this year of removing contaminated earth (dioxins I believe?) and covering it up with new material brought from Windellama.

aidan 1:42 pm 15 Apr 09

Heavs said :

Ditto, I thought the cost of cleaning the land was so high that it would make any development non cost effective. You’d be paying a premium for the land because of the cleaning costs for living in what is really a pretty shitty area.

Shitty? That nothern bit could be quite nice. It has a really good solar orientation, and the slope of the land would allow most dwellings to get heaps of solar gain in winter. If it weren’t for the worry about contamination I’d be interested in a bit of land there. The thing is, if defence want their own housing on it, will they sell to the general public?

aidan 1:39 pm 15 Apr 09

Chewy,

In the first page of that planning study there is this:

“The northern part of the suburb is the responsibility of the Department of Defence and as such is not part of this study.”

When talking about access to the site:

“Future access to the Defence land opposite Chuculba Crescent (not included in this study). “

and in the map

“Note that the potential connection to Defenceland is inferred only. Any development
impacting upon Defence land will be subject to the appropriate assessments and approvals at
the concept planning stage. “

There are heaps of places where say things like “if future development of the Defence land is to occur …”. Clearly it would be much better to plan the whole thing in the one go. Even if the defence part of it doesn’t get built for some time after Lawson South is initiated.

peterh 1:31 pm 15 Apr 09

Skidbladnir said :

From http://www.ufoinfo.com/roundup/v04/rnd04_03.shtml (About halfway down)…
Oh noes, computer terminals! The civil unrest sure is taking a long time to come to a head, though.

A rumored secret underground base at Belconnen, in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) near Canberra, has joined Area 51 in the USA and the underground base at Corsham, Wiltshire, UK on the ufologists’ roster of UFO-related sites.
The base is known as “the Sheep Paddock” and is said to be located beneath an actual pasture in the Great Dividing Range near Canberra. Within the field are several antennae arrays and a small cinderblock security building that houses the elevator to the underground command post.

“There are at least three stories underground,” one source said. “On the third level, staff members man computer terminals.”

Some Belconnen watchers believe that the supposed base will serve as a national command post during civil unrest in Australia caused by Y2K…

meh. they have the “barn” now, don’t they?

Heavs 1:30 pm 15 Apr 09

Ditto, I thought the cost of cleaning the land was so high that it would make any development non cost effective. You’d be paying a premium for the land because of the cleaning costs for living in what is really a pretty shitty area.

chewy14 1:16 pm 15 Apr 09

Aidan,
the north Lawson part is also going to be residential.
I thought that the only problem was the little issue of cleaning it up:
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/revealed-toxic-waste-dump/1284309.aspx?storypage=1

miz 1:15 pm 15 Apr 09

Isn’t there toxic waste on this land?

Skidbladnir 12:53 pm 15 Apr 09

From http://www.ufoinfo.com/roundup/v04/rnd04_03.shtml (About halfway down)…
Oh noes, computer terminals! The civil unrest sure is taking a long time to come to a head, though.

A rumored secret underground base at Belconnen, in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) near Canberra, has joined Area 51 in the USA and the underground base at Corsham, Wiltshire, UK on the ufologists’ roster of UFO-related sites.
The base is known as “the Sheep Paddock” and is said to be located beneath an actual pasture in the Great Dividing Range near Canberra. Within the field are several antennae arrays and a small cinderblock security building that houses the elevator to the underground command post.

“There are at least three stories underground,” one source said. “On the third level, staff members man computer terminals.”

Some Belconnen watchers believe that the supposed base will serve as a national command post during civil unrest in Australia caused by Y2K…

p1 12:43 pm 15 Apr 09

But I though that the facility where they store the bodies of the aliens from the crashed spaceship was under that land?

aidan 12:36 pm 15 Apr 09

It is a good spot for student housing with the close proximity to UC. The planning study acknowledges this and is planning for some quite high density housing (4-6 story) and they are talking about a pedestrian bridge over Ginninderra Drive. Good move if it happens.

My biggest problem is the elephant in the room. The federal land on the old Belconnen Naval Transmission Station (BNTS). They talk alot about it in the planning study, but they have no idea what defence/federales plan to do on that site. Seems to me they should be talking to them and getting some concrete idea of their plans so they can incorporate it into their own planning for Lawson.

I had heard that Defence wanted to put defence housing on a fair bit of their land in north Lawson. Any defence moles want to comment on that?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 12:08 pm 15 Apr 09

It sure wouldn’t be my first choice for a place to live.

niftydog 11:43 am 15 Apr 09

Yay! More traffic lights! Freakin’ awesome.

Come live in Lawson down by the stinky wetlands, among the starving roos, the substation and the 130kV transmission lines. Where do I sign up?

There goes another popular sesh spot.

p1 11:05 am 15 Apr 09

You’ll be able to watch ‘roo cullings from your back yard…

S4anta 10:56 am 15 Apr 09

Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with the fast tracking of a zinc smelter being placed on this parcel of land.

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