East Lake Urban Renewal

East Lake’ is the area located between Kingston Foreshore, Jerrabomberra Wetlands and the Fyshwick mixed-use industrial area. The area was first identified in the 2004 Canberra Spatial Plan as an area for possible future urban intensification. Since then a range of preliminary planning investigations have been undertaken by the Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate in consultation with the community and key stakeholders.

The 2018 Planning Strategy continues to identify the area for urban growth. Urban renewal in this area provides a significant opportunity to support Canberra’s growing population and transition towards a more compact, efficient, diverse, sustainable, resilient, liveable and accessible city.

Preliminary planning

Preliminary planning for East Lake explored opportunities for sustainable development that provides for:

  • a mix of housing and high-quality open space,
  • biodiversity conservation,
  • transport and
  • community facilities.

This was supported by a range of investigations including environmental, geotechnical, heritage, transport, railway master planning, tree assessment and a wide range of other reports undertaken by independent expert consultants and a partnership with the CSIRO.

Draft plans were subsequently released for community engagement between 2007 and 2010 to show how the area could be developed in the future:

Previous community engagement

Previous community engagement has involved working with a stakeholder reference group, public information displays, collaborative workshops, forums and online surveys. Overall the community showed support for East Lake to be delivered as a sustainable urban renewal project, with some issues remaining to be resolved in the future at the detailed planning and design stage. Copies of the previous consultation reports can be found at the below links:

Current status and future steps

In 2019 ACT Government is continuing the planning and environmental assessments needed to inform future urban renewal in the East Lake precinct. The scope of further work will investigate opportunities to increase the supply of housing for Canberra from disused, vacant or under-utilised land.

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