THE ACT Government last week released draft master plans for Woden Town Centre and Mawson Group Centre, which outline a vision, planning principles and strategies to guide the growth and development of the two centres.
While both centres were considered together in the first stage of the master plan process, two draft master plans have been prepared in order to respond to the community interests, characteristics, opportunities and challenges of each area.
The Woden Town Centre Draft Master Plan proposes strategies that allow for:
- New planning controls to inform the Phillip Precinct Code, including building height controls and measures to improve the urban design in the town centre;
- More activity for the streets and public spaces, and improvements to the public domain;
- Improvements to cycle and pedestrian connections to and within the town centre;
- Short and long term parking management, including identification of sites for structured parking;
- Simplifying planning controls in the Phillip service trades area to encourage residential development, reduce potential conflicts with uses that are incompatible and retain service trades at the edges of the precinct; and
- Residential development close to bus stops and areas of open space along the Athllon Drive corridor, to support rapid public transport and provide housing choice.
The Mawson Group Centre Draft Master Plan proposes strategies that allow for:
- Increased building heights in some parts of the centre to encourage new mixed-use and residential development;
- 'Marker buildings' at key locations;
- The possibility of an additional second supermarket in the long term;
- Establishment of the centre as a public transport hub close to Athllon Drive;
- Improvements to cycle and pedestrian connections to and within the group centre;
- Improvements to the public domain; and
- The management of parking to maintain the centre's convenience and accessibility.
Consultation on the draft master plans ends on 15 March 2015. Community input will be used to help shape the final master plans, which are both due to be released later in the year.
More information is available from the ACT Government's Environment and Planning Directorate website at <http://www.planning.act.gov.au/>.
Image: Artist's impression showing what Mawson Place could look like as a main street / ACT Government.