11 June 2019

Public forum to dissect urban infill in inner south

| Ian Bushnell
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Stuart Flats

The former Stuart Flats sites in Griffith to be developed into apartments.

The ACT Government’s latest plans for intense urban infill will be under the spotlight at a public forum organised by the Inner South Canberra Community Council.

The forum at the Yarralumla Primary School Hall tonight (Tuesday 11 June) will include Minister for Urban Renewal Rachel Stephen-Smith and two senior agency officials to outline the Government’s planning strategies, urban renewal thinking and infrastructure plans.

Ms Stephen-Smith will provide an overview of urban renewal developments, including in areas identified in the Planning Strategy 2018 for intense urban infill, and an overview of the Demonstration Housing initiative, including terrace and micro terraces in Forrest and a manor house in Griffith.

The Government sold off former public housing sites in Griffith and Narrabundah in March and they are now to be developed mainly into apartments.

The former Stuart Flats sites in Griffith are about to be demolished and developed into more than 400 apartments by the Morris Property Group, while Amalgamated Property Group has unveiled plans for the former Gowrie Court site in Narrabundah where 158 apartments and 19 two-storey townhouses will be built.

Executive Director, Planning, Land and Building Policy at the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, Kathy Cusack will discuss implementation of the Planning Strategy, the Housing Choices initiative, and the review of the planning system.

Deputy Director-General, City Services, Transport and City Services Directorate, Jim Corrigan will talk about the Government’s Budget commitments.

He will also discuss options for addressing issues raised at the ISCCC’s April public forum, including walking/cycling connections between different areas/suburbs, street lighting, maintenance of the urban forest, maintenance of green spaces/parks, need for children’s playgrounds, spaces/activities for teenagers, traffic and parking management, stormwater and sewerage infrastructure.

There will also be an update on the proposed freight facility and waste facilities in Fyshwick, which are proposed for an area near the urban intensification precinct of East Lake, which lies between Kingston Foreshore and Fyshwick.

An hour of questions and answers will follow the presentations.

The forum starts at 7 pm and concludes at 9 pm.

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