THE ACT Government has launched a consultation process to support the preparation of a new master plan for the Belconnen town centre, which will guide future building controls and improve links between the town centre and nearby employment hubs, Planning Minister Mick Gentleman announced last week.
The first stage of consultation will address a number of issues faced by the town centre, including building heights, pedestrian and cycle connections, the quality of the public domain, car parking and the use of the former Joynton Smith bus way.
It will also focus on the links between the town centre, the University of Canberra and other major institutions in an effort to help facilitate possible employment growth and provide increased opportunities for local businesses.
"Following the 2001 Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan the centre has undergone considerable growth and change, through a number of developments in the area. This is a fantastic opportunity for the community to tell us how they would like Belconnen to develop now and into the future," the Minister said.
"It will also build on the great work undertaken by the local Belconnen Community Council and other community groups in the lead up to the development of the draft master plan."
When complete, the outcomes of consultation, along with supporting studies will inform the development of a renewed master plan for the Belconnen town centre.
"I encourage members of the community to visit the consultation displays and 'meet the planners' sessions to have their say on the future development of the Belconnen town centre" Mr Gentleman said.