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More development for the Belconnen Foreshore?

By johnboy - 8 January 2009 51

The Liberal’s Alistair Coe is drawing attention to plans for a new residential development on Lake Ginninderra.

The 15 apartments are planned to be built on the site of the old Pizza Hut with commercial space below for the sort of mixed use development many people would like to see more of.

Alistair isn’t completely agin in it, yet. But he is asking about the impact on other residences (and possibly other businesses):

    “If approved, there are concerns that noise and traffic from nearby businesses could make the location inappropriate for residences. The area is already suffering from a lack of parking, and increased traffic may worsen the situation.

    Both Queensland and New South Wales consider the order of occupancy when making decisions regarding noise and other similar complaints.

    “Order of occupancy rules can help ensure that existing businesses and residents are given due consideration before changes to an area are approved, or complaints are upheld,” Mr Coe said.

    “The Belconnen Town Centre has seen many great developments and many more should follow. We must ensure that all developments, especially those that include residences, are in locations appropriate for all concerned.”

    “The Lake Ginninderra Foreshore is a great precinct for entertainment, retail, offices and residences.”

    “Clarity would provide certainty for existing businesses and new developers.””

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51 Responses to
More development for the Belconnen Foreshore?
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:02 am 09 Jan 09

Terrible spot. Where are our town planners? There are lots and lots of good spots to build thiungs in Canberra (even in Belco), why the hell would you pick right there??

peterh 11:00 am 09 Jan 09

Genie said :

Its not Kingston – they should give up trying to develop it as if it is.

but jon doesn’t want to go to Kingston. he wants Kingston to come to him!

Genie 10:47 am 09 Jan 09

That would be one of the WORST places to build a block of flats. Why anyone would want to live in between a skatepark, and a pub is beyond me. Plus as a semi-regular to the Lighthouse, I too wouldn’t want it to receive the same fate that Toast did.

If they cant find anyone to release the building they should just knock it down and build something different… If they were going to put apartments down on the lake front, they should have built them where sizzler used to be. Which mind you is currently a bunch of cafes and restaurants plus empty places still yet to be leased. Its not Kingston – they should give up trying to develop it as if it is.

peterh 10:03 am 09 Jan 09

justbands said :

> That has to be the absolute asshole of Belconnen.

Probably true (I don’t really know, I try not to venutre to Belco), but it’s not allowed to change? I’m sure an influx of residents & new business (hence $$$) could go a long way towards cleaning up an area. The fast food joints may turn into trendy cafes, the custom artworks may turn into a nice little gallery, the needles may get cleaned up & the junkies find another haunt, etc.

justbands, to achieve that, you would need a lot of napalm first.

PM 9:50 am 09 Jan 09

I don’t see needles in that actual part. Junkies may wander down from Emu Ridge though… Belco’s far better than Civic in that regard.

I didn’t know burnouts occurred there frequently, either, but they can occur in any carpark.

And what’s wrong with Checkers?!?!

justbands 9:37 am 09 Jan 09

> That has to be the absolute asshole of Belconnen.

Probably true (I don’t really know, I try not to venutre to Belco), but it’s not allowed to change? I’m sure an influx of residents & new business (hence $$$) could go a long way towards cleaning up an area. The fast food joints may turn into trendy cafes, the custom artworks may turn into a nice little gallery, the needles may get cleaned up & the junkies find another haunt, etc.

niftydog 9:23 am 09 Jan 09

Who in their right mind would want to live there?

The stench from the lake mingles nicely with the wafting odours of a dozen fast food outlets. The noise from the skate park is only tempered by the din from the pub and the burnouts in the car park. The neighbourhood kids are full of sugar and fat and just love to paint custom artworks. The locals are happy to let you share their needles, provided you take them to the Checkers van for a hot dog and a donut… good times.

That has to be the absolute asshole of Belconnen.

Dante 9:10 am 09 Jan 09

I’d be worried if I was the owner of The Lighthouse, given the vindication Toast experienced at the hands of the Waldorf… one of the primary reasons involved in it’s closure.

PM 8:59 am 09 Jan 09

I think Alistair is entirely correct to raise this issue.

The pattern of govt decision making in general is worrying. As a Belco resident myself I’m researching a few matters of interest, and I’ll eventually post them up here, but there’s a pattern of “consultation” actually being “we’re doing this, let us know what the major PR issues are going to be”. It’s almost social engineering by default.

On the issue of noise, I’ve personally (well, as a pub local) experienced dogmatic new tenants nearby complain about the fact they’re next to a pub. Geez, it’d only been there 30 years, what were they thinking? Aside from the fact the market value of the place they moved into would have taken the existance of the pub into account…

p1 10:29 pm 08 Jan 09

or the skate park.

p1 10:28 pm 08 Jan 09

I think it is great, just so long as no wanker whinges about noise from either sails… er the lighthouse…

Pandy 9:58 pm 08 Jan 09

They need the NSW “I waz here first” laws. That is if you build an apartment next to a hotel etc, you get no say what so ever about noise. I wonder why the Govmint wont do it here?

Felix the Cat 8:34 pm 08 Jan 09

The owners of The Lighthouse were on the TV news tonight expressing concern that this proposed nearby residential development could mean the end of his business due to noise restrictions (they have live music there regularly).

poptop 8:21 pm 08 Jan 09

The injecting drug users will need to find somewhere new to go if the foreshore is developed. Back to Illawarra Court, I guess.

Pandy 8:13 pm 08 Jan 09

Nothing wrong with that. Gives the foreshore a living edge.

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