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Master plans out for Erindale and Tuggeranong Town Centre

By johnboy - 13 December 2011 16

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Simon Corbell has announced new master plans to revamp the southern centres of the city:

“These master plans will give Tuggeranong and Erindale centre the breath of fresh air that they need to sustain a growing population in the Tuggeranong Valley as well as continued viability of retail and business uses in the centres,” Mr Corbell.

“A key feature of the Tuggeranong Town Centre master plan is the opportunity for higher density residential and mixed use developments, which is in-line with the recently released Draft Planning Strategy.

“Erindale’s master plan is centred around a new transport hub which will provide better links to both the Tuggeranong and Woden town centres as well as the city.

“Transport is going to be a key method for us as a city to deal with an increasing population, as well as reducing our carbon footprint. This is why in these master plans the Government has provided further options to residents to get around, with ease, on efficient public transport services.

“The Government is proposing to relocate the bus station in Tuggeranong to a more central location on Reed Street to incorporate these public transport services into the centre of the busy retail and residential area.”

Improved pedestrian links from the Town Centre to the lake foreshore are also addressed in the Tuggeranong plan, which help to maintain the healthy vibrancy of the area.

Mr Corbell said in the proposed Erindale master plan, provision was being made for additional retail shopping space which could include a second supermarket for the centre.

“While public transport is a key feature of the plan, parking options have also been addressed with new car parking spaces, some of which would be underground,” Mr Corbell said.

“New roads will also be constructed to improve traffic flow in and out of the shopping district of Erindale, and to ease congestion on surrounding main roads. Similar to Tuggeranong, pedestrian access has also been given consideration and a strong pedestrian network will safety link public spaces to the many different areas of the group centre.

“Public open space is vital for the success of any town or group centre and the draft Erindale master plan looks to include a new and central open public space, while the Tuggeranong document aims to maintain and enhance current foreshore open spaces.

Comments close on 17 February 2012. We’ll post the actual plans when we can get our hands on them.

UPDATE: The plans can be found on the actpla website

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16 Responses to
Master plans out for Erindale and Tuggeranong Town Centre
Pandy 12:34 am 15 Dec 11

Bunnings loses its carpark?

Tell ’em they are dreaming!!!

Not one Bunnings has no carparks.

watto23 7:05 pm 14 Dec 11

As a tuggeranong resident who has spent a lot more time in Erindale and much less time in tuggeranong over the last few years, I like the general direction of the plans. Town squares/parks work really well in cities around the world that actually have them. One thing that irks me in Canberra is the lake of waterfront dining/cafes. We build lakes then surround them in parkland, to never have a cafe near it.

Also higher density living in these areas would be helpful, for things like public transport. But yeah Tuggeranong is lifeless of late, other than Bunnings. Erindale seems to be a more lively precinct, mainly due to the restaurants there. Like Dickson, only not as nice….

creative_canberran 4:23 pm 14 Dec 11

arescarti42 said :

2604 said :

Someone wanting mountain views, lots of green space, reasonably-priced real estate (houses on large blocks), and a refreshing lack of judgmental dickheads?

Reasonably priced real estate? I’m yet to see reasonably priced real estate anywhere in Canberra. The mountains are pretty though.

creative_canberran said :

Weaknesses identified in the report:

“The centre is in decline as the residential population necessary to support it does not exist.”

This is an interesting observation. If you look at the 2006 ABS Canberra Social Atlas, with the exception of Greenway, Conder and Banks, pretty much every every suburb in Tuggeranong saw falling population or static population between 2001-2006.

There’s an even bigger issue behind this observation which is glossed over in the report and that is the Tuggeranong CBD was planned on the basis of West Tuggeranong going ahead, which has been abandoned and by all accounts will never be revived.

On that basis, Tuggeranong’s CBD was meant to be in the centre of Tuggeranong, not on the edge as it is now. Larger population, more throughput of commuters, all essential to sustaining the place.

The report basically adresses this by strongly recommending very much higher density.

designergirl 3:21 pm 14 Dec 11

The plans for Tuggeranong deliver on the Government mandate to consolidate development in the town centres which is great – but how long is it going to take for this to be a reality? Projects like this at Greenway need to be moved through the system quickly so that we can really start seeing change in town centres. Please don’t let it get caught in a web of bureaucracy and consultation!

And….

Mysteryman said :

It looks pretty in the picture, but who would want to live in Tuggeranong? What the ACT government need to do is take a Parisian approach to planning and get all the bogans out of the town centres and spread them out thinly around the outskirts of town.

… Mysteryman, sticking lower socio-economic groups on the fringe of towns, with the worst access to services/employment, is most certainly not the answer to successful urban planning!

alaninoz 10:22 am 14 Dec 11

arescarti42 said :

This is an interesting observation. If you look at the 2006 ABS Canberra Social Atlas, with the exception of Greenway, Conder and Banks, pretty much every every suburb in Tuggeranong saw falling population or static population between 2001-2006.

A simple matter of demographics. No, or few, new residential units being built in the area plus the kids growing up and leaving home equals a static or declining population.

Something that should be kept in mind for any urban planning.

arescarti42 9:39 am 14 Dec 11

2604 said :

Someone wanting mountain views, lots of green space, reasonably-priced real estate (houses on large blocks), and a refreshing lack of judgmental dickheads?

Reasonably priced real estate? I’m yet to see reasonably priced real estate anywhere in Canberra. The mountains are pretty though.

creative_canberran said :

Weaknesses identified in the report:

“The centre is in decline as the residential population necessary to support it does not exist.”

This is an interesting observation. If you look at the 2006 ABS Canberra Social Atlas, with the exception of Greenway, Conder and Banks, pretty much every every suburb in Tuggeranong saw falling population or static population between 2001-2006.

gooterz 8:45 pm 13 Dec 11

Why do we need another belconnen.

I’d rather see more 20 story buildings surrounded by open space than dinky little steets and the like

rbw 8:39 pm 13 Dec 11

Primal said :

The aspirational shots in the Erindale plan seem to be pictures largely of Gungahlin. Eww.

same demographic, same s***

Primal 8:17 pm 13 Dec 11

The aspirational shots in the Erindale plan seem to be pictures largely of Gungahlin. Eww.

Frustrated 7:30 pm 13 Dec 11

Mysteryman said :

It looks pretty in the picture, but who would want to live in Tuggeranong? What the ACT government need to do is take a Parisian approach to planning and get all the bogans out of the town centres and spread them out thinly around the outskirts of town.

Troll, go and find a bridge and hide there!

creative_canberran 7:00 pm 13 Dec 11

Weaknesses identified in the report:

“The centre is in decline as the residential population necessary to support it does not exist.”

“The main street (Anketell Street) is disconnected from the town park and lake (visual/and physical connections needed).”

Interesting observations given the huge number of commercial properties being built in the last two years. Seemed happy to grab the cash at the time.

Weakness not identified in the report:

that about 5ft from a child care centre, an automated needle exchange is attached to the medical centre where you can observe strange people driving up in beat up old cars, having a domestic argument while swapping one yellow package for another.

2604 6:33 pm 13 Dec 11

Mysteryman said :

It looks pretty in the picture, but who would want to live in Tuggeranong?

Someone wanting mountain views, lots of green space, reasonably-priced real estate (houses on large blocks), and a refreshing lack of judgmental dickheads?

alaninoz 6:27 pm 13 Dec 11

Dunno about the Tuggeranog plan, but the Erindale one is crap. Too much wrong with it to go into detail here though. Looks like a long letter is headed for ESDD.

steveu 5:36 pm 13 Dec 11

Dont be fooled by all the colours of green. It will be a distinct concrete grey. I notice it comes complete with the south-african style apartments…Given what they have done with Civic, forgive me if I am cynical.

Mysteryman 4:38 pm 13 Dec 11

It looks pretty in the picture, but who would want to live in Tuggeranong? What the ACT government need to do is take a Parisian approach to planning and get all the bogans out of the town centres and spread them out thinly around the outskirts of town.

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