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The Dickson Master Plan!

By johnboy - 3 May 2011 15

Dickson Master Plan

The ACT Planning And Land Authority has released the Dickson Centre Master Plan.

China Town is now a “multicultural area” which I think is a crime against both language and humanity.

The car park next to the Library and Woolworths is going to become a second supermarket.

And looking at that image, all the blue, light grey, and orange is going to be new buildings.

*gulp*

Pity if you rather like Dickson as it it.

What’s Your opinion?


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15 Responses to
The Dickson Master Plan!
georgesgenitals 7:23 am 04 May 11

anonymoose said :

georgesgenitals said :

I reckon this will be good. Stimulating life in the inner north will help gentrify the area.

Seconding this but I hope we get some more bars. I’m sick of people working in the North wanting me to go down to Manuka ‘for a quick drink’.

Improve the area, the demographic changes, and the demand for things like nice bars will increase. It will just take some time.

redrfs 9:52 pm 03 May 11

qedbynature said :

…it begs the question of whether the so-called planners are deliberately making car based transport difficult so as to encourage alternatives,like the wonderful ACTION service.

There’s still doubt???

anonymoose 6:43 pm 03 May 11

georgesgenitals said :

I reckon this will be good. Stimulating life in the inner north will help gentrify the area.

Seconding this but I hope we get some more bars. I’m sick of people working in the North wanting me to go down to Manuka ‘for a quick drink’.

georgesgenitals 3:20 pm 03 May 11

I reckon this will be good. Stimulating life in the inner north will help gentrify the area.

Mysteryman 2:55 pm 03 May 11

fullmoon said :

The first comment, as always, is about parking.

Of course, the new bus station, improved pedestrian permeability and access and the opening up of car free laneways and arcades are always secondary to “where is my bit of useless real estate that I can leave my tonne or so of steal for the day?”

If you read the information that the OP links to, there will be basement parking in the new supermarkets.

By the way, there are two new supermarket sites. There will be a new Coles and a new Aldi. The current Wollies is apparently the busiest in the country, there is defiantly demand there for a second major player.

I don’t care if there’s going to be a new bus station. That won’t make the buses run on time, nor will it extend beyond services beyond midnight or during weekends (when most of the people from outside the immediate area go to Dickson), nor will it mean the duration of a bus trip is magically comparable to that of taking a car. Without adequate car parking, the new expansion will be a waste of time for all but those who live very close by. It remains to be seen whether the proposed underground car parking will be adequate. I hope it will be, because I often like to go to Dickson – especially on weekends – and catching a bus isn’t worth the time it takes.

ghughes 10:48 am 03 May 11

The town centre has 3 storey buildings, yet surrounding builidngs on Northbourne are 8 storeys.
An unpside down town centre?

p1 10:37 am 03 May 11

minkshaman said :

Mysteryman said :

And the replacement car-parking will go where?

didn’t you realise?
ACT Government hates cars and drivers. Expect either more pay-parking or none at all.

When contacted about this oversight, ACT government will say “Catch more buses”

Don’t worry, after all the character goes, and some of the restaurants decide they can’t be bothered paying to move into new shops then pay more rent, there really won’t be any reason to go to Dickson anymore.

Keijidosha 10:30 am 03 May 11

I’ve had a quick look through the master plan and on the whole it seems surprisingly thorough and well designed. There are a few parts that have an odour of developer interest, and a lack of green space is concerning. The real test though will be how the plan is implemented.

I am a fan of increased pedestrian access, and in this respect I feel the plan doesn’t go far enough. Wooley street should be turned into a plaza or single-lane mixed use area. There is already generous parking in the multistorey on Childers street to allow for this.

M0les 10:27 am 03 May 11

What happens/happened to the Tradies? Gone bust? Moved to the old Downer Club cinders?

qedbynature 10:14 am 03 May 11

Looks like a formula for the ACT government to cash in on property values. One immediately obvious problem is that car traffic/parking will become an even bigger nightmare. Already road traffic grinds to a halt in peak periods along cowper st and the congestion at the intersection of Badham with Antill and with Challis is getting worse. And since no one seems to be getting rid of their cars anytime soon it begs the question of whether the so-called planners are deliberately making car based transport difficult so as to encourage alternatives,like the wonderful ACTION service.

Of course the Tradies will also collect a windfall from any development. Another job for David Lamont perhaps?

fullmoon 10:13 am 03 May 11

The first comment, as always, is about parking.

Of course, the new bus station, improved pedestrian permeability and access and the opening up of car free laneways and arcades are always secondary to “where is my bit of useless real estate that I can leave my tonne or so of steal for the day?”

If you read the information that the OP links to, there will be basement parking in the new supermarkets.

By the way, there are two new supermarket sites. There will be a new Coles and a new Aldi. The current Wollies is apparently the busiest in the country, there is defiantly demand there for a second major player.

minkshaman 10:03 am 03 May 11

Mysteryman said :

And the replacement car-parking will go where?

didn’t you realise?
ACT Government hates cars and drivers. Expect either more pay-parking or none at all.

When contacted about this oversight, ACT government will say “Catch more buses”

johnboy 10:01 am 03 May 11

schmeah said :

what! Why do we need a second super market in Dickson! What’s the bet it will be a Coles .. so we can have front row and centre views to the ‘supermarket wars’! It’ll make Today Tonight cry.

Guaranteed to not be a Coles or a Woolies. Come on down Aldi.

schmeah 9:55 am 03 May 11

what! Why do we need a second super market in Dickson! What’s the bet it will be a Coles .. so we can have front row and centre views to the ‘supermarket wars’! It’ll make Today Tonight cry.

Mysteryman 9:37 am 03 May 11

And the replacement car-parking will go where?

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