Simon Corbell has announced the kickoff of Draft Variation 314 to nut out the future of the Kingston Centre:
“Draft Variation 314 (DV314) to the Territory Plan draws on findings from the Kingston Centre master plan and includes controls on development of the car park on Eyre Street and increases to some building heights in the centre,” Mr Corbell said.
“DV314 protects the existing low scale street frontages and awnings that give the core shopping area its character while allowing taller buildings in Highgate Lane.
“The Eyre Street car park site will permit commercial mixed-use development of up to six storeys with a requirement to retain the existing level of parking.
“The ACT Government is currently preparing the car park for sale and arrangements will be made to ensure loss of parking during construction is kept to a minimum.
“To revitalise and encourage pedestrian activity in Highgate Lane, future development in the core shopping area will have to provide pedestrian connections through certain blocks.
“Any future development of commercial blocks adjacent to Kennedy Street must have vehicle access and parking to the rear which could allow for a future rear laneway,” Mr Corbell said.
“Kingston was the one of the first commercial centres in Canberra but over time, competition from other centres such as Manuka and Fyshwick has resulted in a gradual loss of economic vitality.
“These planning changes will provide a much needed economic stimulus through the new supermarket and new development opportunities, but the changes come with a caveat to retain parking and that the character of the centre is retained,” Mr Corbell said.
At some point soon one hopes the full variation will be available online.
UPDATE: The documents are now online.