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Molonglo planning forum this Thursday

By johnboy - 21 March 2011 10

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The ACT Planning and Land Authority is asking for you to come along and have some input into the planning of the new Molonglo region:

A community display and forum will be held this Thursday on the planning for the next suburbs to be developed in Molonglo Valley.

Chief Planning Executive of the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA), Neil Savery, said the forum would focus on housing, transport, commercial and community facilities and the environment in Molonglo Valley stage 2.

“We want to hear what the community thinks about this very special part of Canberra, with its focus on the Molonglo River corridor.

“The consultation will inform the planning and design framework, which will guide the location and layout of the different land uses, infrastructure, roads and services,” Mr Savery said.

“Molonglo Valley stage 2 will house up to 18,000 people in a mix of housing types. It will have a vibrant commercial centre, community facilities and open spaces, and safe transport networks.

“Work to date has looked at a range of environmental considerations, including a Molonglo River corridor nature park, energy and water efficient design, the challenge presented by some steep topography, accessibility, location of the group centre and provision of services.”

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Molonglo planning forum this Thursday
ThisIsAName 10:21 am 22 Mar 11

botto said :

Waste of time. I work within the planning industry. Everything is already finalized and ready to go ahead. It’s just this one little thing to tick off missing: public consultation. I am just sorry for all the people who will take part in the meeting and get unnecessarily stressed and disappointed.

Sounds like the Canberra 2030 thing where the outcome seemed to have already been decided…

#2: if you’re in planning, what sort of “planning” goes on for designing roads and dealing with traffic? Adding a few thousand more cars in peak hour is looking like another Gungahlin….

54-11 10:05 am 22 Mar 11

“Consultation” and “Stanhope” is an oxymoron, like Woolworths and fresh food, airline and food, friendly and fire.

Canberra planning is littered with the arrogance of Stanhope and his crew when they go through this sham process. An example, which was well covered on RA, is the pay parking proposal at TCH. They went through such a sham, which was vehemently opposed by patient, health and resident groups, but it went ahead anyway. Shortly afterwards, pay parking was abandoned at a NET cost to ACT taxpayers of $1m.

Will they listen to community feedback on Molonglo? No way, particularly if there is any risk to developer profits.

Save your time and sanity, folks, and just let Stanhope, Savery et al stuff up Molonglo like they do with every other development, a la Kingston.

melioness 9:41 pm 21 Mar 11

Consultation is important. The government has to listen to what people have a say, even if they choose to ignore it. But if enough people raise concerns about a particular issue (or more) those concerns have to be addressed. So if anyone goes & cares about the environment, raise concern over the fact that they are not adequately protecting habitat for the pink-tailed worm lizard, which is a nationally threatened species that lives under shallow rocks in the Molonglo river corridor. Habitat for this small and vulnerable species will be impacted by residential development and human interference, particularly from rock removal for people’s gardens, as well as from other human activities, such as recreational use and introduction of invasive weeds. The ACT government should be keeping development and people away from areas that provide habitat for our threatened species!

botto 8:56 pm 21 Mar 11

Waste of time. I work within the planning industry. Everything is already finalized and ready to go ahead. It’s just this one little thing to tick off missing: public consultation. I am just sorry for all the people who will take part in the meeting and get unnecessarily stressed and disappointed.

arescarti42 5:30 pm 21 Mar 11

“Molonglo Valley stage 2 will house up to 18,000 people in a mix of housing types. It will have a vibrant commercial centre, community facilities and open spaces, and safe transport networks.

Sounds like they’ve already decided exactly what is going in at Molonglo, I suspect this session will be more ACTPLA telling the community what is going to happen, rather than the community telling ACTPLA what they actually want.

I’m placing my bets on more sprawling suburbia, inadequate infrastructure, and a total lack of the sort of ingenuitive thinking we need to create sustainable, worthwhile places that people actually want to live.

ohpiem 4:50 pm 21 Mar 11

As a Weston Creek resident all I can say is – Not In My Backyard

georgesgenitals 4:03 pm 21 Mar 11

People want affordable housing in convenient locations.

******** NEWSFLASH!!! **********

EvanJames 2:51 pm 21 Mar 11

MissChief said :

I can’t help wonder if these forums are had only so it can be said that consultation was carried out.

Reckon so. You turn up and they already have the report written, the aims etc, the budget, everything is already done. I suspect that these so-called consultations are actually to gauge what will attract the most resistance, so they can plan for it.

If people want back yards, and affordable housing, then take the blocks and limit the size of the houses that can be built on them. Unlike the horrible Gunghetto.

MissChief 2:33 pm 21 Mar 11

I wonder if anyone will even bother wasting their time. Prior consultation concluded that the public wanted larger more affordable blocks in Molonglo (moving away from the disaster area quickly becoming known as Gunghetto) and yet the Government pushes on unabated with its high density planning.

I can’t help wonder if these forums are had only so it can be said that consultation was carried out.

EvanJames 12:43 pm 21 Mar 11

“Work to date has looked at a range of environmental considerations, including a Molonglo River corridor nature park, energy and water efficient design, the challenge presented by some steep topography, accessibility, location of the group centre and provision of services.”

Shall they install perhaps proper stink pipes? One wonders if this is the reason people aren’t allowed to set foot on their properties until the deal is all done.

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