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Your thoughts wanted on Kenny

By johnboy - 10 November 2011 32

Environment and Sustainable Development are asking for your input into the new Gungahlin suburb of Kenny which is getting underway next year:

“Kenny will ultimately accommodate around 3500 dwellings as well as commercial developments, community facilities and open space,” Mr Ponton said.

The ACT Government’s Indicative Land Release Program identifies land in Kenny to be released progressively from 2012–13.  

“The purpose of this community consultation is to inform a planning and design framework to guide the development of Kenny.”

Mr Ponton said a display of maps, photographs and planning ideas for the new suburb will be available at the Gungahlin Marketplace between 10 am and 1 pm on Saturday  12 November 2011.

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Your thoughts wanted on Kenny
Gungahlin Al 9:40 am 11 Nov 11

Deref said :

Oh boy. More McMansions. More lovely modern slums.

Seriously, you think McMansions can be built on the block sizes that ACTPLA are dishing up these days? Sorry, but you need to refresh your perspective with a dose of the current reality. The first Wells Station stage in Harrison was the last suburb to have a proportion of what I think are reasonable sized blocks, yet McMansions are largely absent except for a handful. For everything being built now, you are pressed to fit the basics on. Unless your idea of a new house design is a tiny 3-bed govvie rabbit warren.

ThisIsAName said :

So, was the youth detention centre planned first or the suburb? What were ACTPLA (?) thinking?

Hopefully there is something of a buffer zone for the unfortunate folks that’ll end up living near a hulking great building surrounded by razor wire.

We raised this issue with Minister Burch some months ago, and pointed out the need to start with the landscape screening now so that it is in place before the inmates find themselves in a goldfish bowl. Remembering that the major road through the suburb will link into the to be built Morriset Drv right next to Bimberi, and not far from the Antill St roundabout. She agreed and directed the department to start the process.

On the name, from ACTPLA’s place name search:

Feature Name KENNY
Gazettal Date 18 October 1991
Commemorated Name KENNY
Given Names ELIZABETH
Birth Year 1886
Death Year 1952
Sex Female
Origin Nurse; responsible for devising a treatment for poliomyelitis during an epidemic in Queensland in 1933. Her methods were investigated and officially recognised by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in the USA in the 1940s.

Ello Vera 9:10 am 11 Nov 11

They should kill Kenny and call it South Park instead.

ThisIsAName 12:17 am 11 Nov 11

fabforty said :

But for what it is worth, I will be adding “keep the Village Building Company out of it or it will be nothing but endless rabbit hutches as previously seen”.

Keeping VBC out would be great, but Kenny will probably have something like the minimum 15% affordable housing requirement. This will probably force the addition of a crappy little village. Stonebridge in Franklin is a good example: stacks of flats crammed wall to wall with yard space limited to a few square metres. Put bluntly, Ownplace houses were a better deal, they cost less, and have somewhat larger blocks.

I’ve also heard some bad reports about Village Building Co. A family friend (in construction) warned that once VBC have you signed up, you won’t hear from them until you get the keys. Their post construction follow-up sounded pretty bad too. Once I spoke to someone with a VBC place, and he wasn’t impressed. The floorplan was pretty bad, and some internal fittings had been done shoddily and needed work. This should have been fixed in the post construction maintenance period. No-one at VBC bothered to returned his calls, so he may have ended up footing the repair bill himself.

Classified 10:33 pm 10 Nov 11

I’m wondering whether the planners own property in established suburbs, and are trying to preserve and encourage future growth by building the crappiest, fastest dating and least usable suburbs they can, to increase the relative value of their own holdings.

I mean, go and have a look what your money actually buys you in these new suburbs. On a per square metre basis, some of the land is more expensive than yarralumla, yet you have to live in a poorly thought out suburb filled with tiny blocks and crap infrastructure.

LSWCHP 9:44 pm 10 Nov 11

ladywriter said :

So disappointed.

Thought from the subject that this was about Kenny Koala – who should be Canberran of the Year.

Yeah, me too. I was gonna say that I thought Kenny was terrific. Not now though, note here.

farq 8:48 pm 10 Nov 11

fabforty said :

Pfft…as if they haven’t got this planned already. This is merely so someone can tick the “community consultation” box.

But for what it is worth, I will be adding “keep the Village Building Company out of it or it will be nothing but endless rabbit hutches as previously seen”.

+1. It’s not worth the effort to send in a submission.

It’s a forgone conclusion that the suburb will be a crappy ‘Kath and Kim’ style hellhole like Harrison, Palmerston, Crace and Dunlop. I guarantee the houses will all be built right to the edge of the block.

FFS, if they insist on building that close to the boundary they should just make them all huge terraces. Terraces offer move privacy than the McMansions that get built in these new suburbs.

I-filed 8:12 pm 10 Nov 11

It will be richly ironic indeed when Kenny ends up (as it likely will) being populated with a disproportionate number of crims …

Spykler 8:12 pm 10 Nov 11

Kenny? not bad, pity Jacobsen didn’t follow up with anything decent..

krats 7:15 pm 10 Nov 11

Just What We Need… More Golden Arches!

fabforty 7:02 pm 10 Nov 11

Pfft…as if they haven’t got this planned already. This is merely so someone can tick the “community consultation” box.

But for what it is worth, I will be adding “keep the Village Building Company out of it or it will be nothing but endless rabbit hutches as previously seen”.

ladywriter 6:34 pm 10 Nov 11

So disappointed.

Thought from the subject that this was about Kenny Koala – who should be Canberran of the Year.

ThisIsAName 6:24 pm 10 Nov 11

So, was the youth detention centre planned first or the suburb? What were ACTPLA (?) thinking?

Hopefully there is something of a buffer zone for the unfortunate folks that’ll end up living near a hulking great building surrounded by razor wire.

Deref 5:47 pm 10 Nov 11

Oh boy. More McMansions. More lovely modern slums.

poetix 5:39 pm 10 Nov 11

Kenny The Koala must be so proud. Unless he’s dead and I missed it.

Holden Caulfield said :

Benitez was better.

Sorry, I don’t understand what you mean here. Who or what was Benitez?

Holden Caulfield 5:14 pm 10 Nov 11

Benitez was better.

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