Status Location Development Design Timing Project updates

Status

Construction.

Location

Block 5 Section 28 Greenway is bounded by vacant land to the north, urban open space to the west and south across Mortimer Lewis Drive and Drakeford Drive to the east. See map below.

Development

Timing

The Development Application has been approved. The Taskforce expects construction of the public housing development to be completed in early 2019, subject to weather conditions.

Project updates

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As part of the ACT Government’s public housing renewal program, the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce has met with the Tuggeranong community about a proposal to build public housing on the southern part of Block 2 Section 28 Greenway (see map below).

Aerial photograph showing the location of southern part-Block 2 Section 28 Greenway.

On 23 February 2016, the Taskforce held a drop-in information session for East Greenway residents and presented to the Tuggeranong Community Council on 1 March 2016. During these events, some questions were taken on notice and the Taskforce has responded to those issues in the attached Responses to Issues document. The response is also available to view at www.act.gov.au/housingrenewal.

The Taskforce plans to submit a Development Application in mid-2016 for the construction of approximately 26 residences on the southern part of Section 28 Greenway. If approved, the development is expected to commence in early 2017.

The Land Development Agency plans to submit a Development Application in mid-2016 for servicing works for the whole of Block 2 Section 28 Greenway.

As you are registered for updates, you will continue to be notified via email about public housing updates for Section 28 Greenway.

For more information on the public housing renewal program:

Slide 1 – East Greenway update
  • Section 28 identified as suitable for public housing.
  • Proposal to develop 26 public housing residences on northern part presented at TCC meeting on 1 December 2015.
  • TCC attendees raised issues about development.
  • Taskforce committed to investigate and report back in early 2016.
Slide 2 – Site moved
  • Additional traffic and parking studies in January 2016 (draft report on web from 2/3).
  • Investigation of alternative site to the south.
  • Proposal to develop approximately 26 public housing residences moved to southern part of Section 28.
Slide 3 – Issues raised
  • Traffic and parking along Mortimer Lewis Drive
  • Public transport
  • Development (height, number of residences, timing)
  • Public housing tenants
  • Strain on local services
  • Percentage of public housing in Greenway
Slide 4 – Traffic along Mortimer Lewis Drive
  • Traffic assessment in January 2016. Results consistent with previous studies.
  • Volumes higher (x 3) at northern end of Mortimer Lewis Drive.
  • Majority of vehicles compliant with speed limit.
  • Trigger target for implementation of traffic calming devices was not reached.
  • LDA traffic assessment found that development of up to 150 residences on Section 28 would result in minimal impact on the performance of the two intersections.
  • Results shared with ACT Police.
Slide 5 – Parking along Mortimer Lewis Drive
  • Peak demand on Saturdays at dog park and Scout Hall.
  • Report recommended additional spaces at the dog park.
  • Parking for the development  will be contained within the boundary of the site and comply with the Parking and Vehicular Access General Code.
  • Development on southern part of Section 28 is unlikely to impact on the Lake Tuggeranong Sea Scout Hall car park.
  • TAMS has advised that additional parking at the dog park will be subject to budget bids and assessed against other capital works priorities.
Slide 6 – public transport

ACTION bus 60/160 Tuggeranong to Woden

  • Service every 20-30 minutes during peak times (5.53am-9.31am; 2.31pm-7.12pm)
  • Three additional services to and from Civic during peak times
  • Hour services all other times until 9.12pm
  • ACTION Blue Rapid buses service south Tuggeranong suburbs through to Belconnen. These leave from the Tuggeranong Town Centre
  • The area is well connected to pedestrian and cycle paths
Slide 7 – Development
  • Approximately 26 residences
  • Two-storey with possible three-storey elements
  • Will comply with Territory Plan
  • The Land Development Agency will submit a Development Application for servicing works mid-2016
  • Taskforce will submit a Development Application mid-2016
  • Construction late-2016
Slide 8 – Public housing tenants
  • Housing ACT is the largest landlord in the ACT with more than 20,000 tenants.
  • Anti-social behaviour is an issue with only a small minority.
  • Housing ACT and community-based services provide support as early as possible.
  • Criminal matters are referred to ACT Police.
Slide 9 – strain on existing services
  • The Taskforce works with other ACT Government agencies, including Community Services Directorate, Education and Training Directorate and ACT Health.
  • The tenancy of approximately 26 residences is within the capacity of local health and education services.
Slide 10 – public housing in Greenway
  • Public housing in Greenway is currently at 3.7 per cent.
  • Following the completion of Southquay, Greenway East and residential development on remainder of Section 28, there will be approximately 4.2 per cent public housing in Greenway.
  • Well below the high percentages currently seen in the inner north and south – up to 12 per cent.
  • Below Canberra’s average public housing per suburb of 5 per cent.
Slide 11 – next steps
  • Finalise design for development
  • Submit Development Application
  • If approved, construction will start end-2016
  • Register for updates by emailing housingrenewal@act.gov.au and enter ‘Greenway updates’ in subject heading
Slide 1 – The story so far
  • Canberra has ageing public housing properties that:
    • don’t meet tenant needs
    • are expensive to live in
    • are expensive to maintain
    • are grouped in the inner north and inner south in large blocks
  • We are building and purchasing 1,288 homes that will:
    • be spread more evenly across Canberra
    • meet tenant needs, now and into the future
Slide 2 – public housing distribution in Canberra
  • Existing public housing is spread unevenly across Canberra.
  • We are trying to create a more even spread.
  • This includes building or buying 1,200 new public housing dwellings, including in existing communities.
Slide 3 – overview of achievements
  • Replacing ageing properties with modern, more efficient designs
  • Better outcomes for tenants
Slide 4 – Current and planned developments (Tuggeranong Valley)
Slide 5 - Clive Steele Avenue, Monash - 25 two-bedroom adaptable cottages (mid-2016)

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Slide 6 – Goldstein Avenue, Chisholm - 20 two-bedroom adaptable cottages (mid-2016)

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Slide 7 - Mortimer Lewis Drive, Greenway - 26 dwellings – mixed development

A photographic map indicating the development site

Slide 8 – how we select sites
  • Availability of land
  • Site suitability
    • no environmental constraints
    • no heritage issues
    • no planning restrictions
    • design meets the aesthetics of the suburb
    • site investigation reports support proposed development
  • Meets tenant needs
    • proximity to amenities
    • access to support services
    • design is suitable for ageing in place and tenants with a disability
Slide 9 - Greenway development – benefits of Territory Plan Variation
  • Well located for medium density residential development –adjacent to existing residential dwellings, Lake Tuggeranong Foreshore and Dog Park.
  • Taller building elements reduce the building footprint which makes more land available for open space/landscaped area and increases the opportunity to retain existing trees and vegetation.
  • More efficient use of existing land resources, focusing urban intensification in an appropriate location- the site is 1km away from the Tuggeranong town centre and is located near public transport links to both Woden and Tuggeranong.
  • TPV will increase housing choice in the Greenway area.  This will allow people with well established community links to move into housing that better suits their needs.
Slide 10 – community engagement to date
Slide 11 – next steps

We will continue to keep stakeholders and the community informed on program developments

  • Website
  • Public notices
  • Information folder at Tuggeranong Library
  • Information session (proposed for late-January 2016)
  • Stakeholder briefings
  • Media and social media

The Public Housing Renewal Taskforce presented at the Tuggeranong Community Council on Tuesday 1 December 2015 to provide an update on the public housing program and outline a proposal to develop public housing on part-Block 2 Section 28 Greenway.

Local residents were invited to attend the presentation at short notice. Despite this, a number of local residents attended and provided some valuable feedback and raised questions about the proposed development.

The issues raised included:

  • traffic volumes, speed limits and drive behaviour on Mortimer Lewis Drive
  • intersection configurations at Drakeford Drive (north and south)
  • parking volumes and management associated with the dog park and boat ramp
  • the style of existing residential development in the area
  • height of any new buildings
  • compliance with the recently approved Territory Plan Variation
  • the behaviour of future public housing tenants, and
  • the proportion of public housing properties in East Greenway.

The presentation on Tuesday night is part of an ongoing engagement with the community about public housing. The Taskforce will now:

  • undertake traffic and parking counts
  • consider options for managing traffic speed along Mortimer Lewis Drive
  • consider options to manage parking and provide additional parking around the boat ramp (including boat trailers) and the dog walking areas
  • investigate the intersection capacity of Mortimer Lewis Drive with Drakeford Drive (north and south)
  • investigate the capacity of existing infrastructure (Water, sewer, electricity etc) to accommodate new development in this area
  • investigate off-road (pedestrian and bicycle pathways) network, and
  • investigate potential public realm improvements (ie new street tree plantings).

The Taskforce provides regular program updates to the Tuggeranong Community Council and will continue community engagement in early 2016, including:

  • holding a specific drop-in information session for East Greenway residents in early February
  • meeting local stakeholders including the East Greenway Action Group
  • presenting at the Tuggeranong Community Council in March
  • providing information on the Taskforce website at www.act.gov.au/housingrenewal, and
  • providing information in the Tuggeranong Library, Cowlishaw Street Tuggeranong.

People can provide feedback via housingrenewal@act.gov.au or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Previous engagement with the Tuggeranong community about this site includes consultation on a draft variation to the Territory Plan for the site during August 2014, before the variation was open to statutory consultation from 7 November–19 December 2014.

Capacity of Mortimer Lewis Drive for additional (residential) traffic.

An independent contractor assessed traffic along Mortimer Lewis Drive during January 2016. The survey found that both the north and south intersections of Mortimer Lewis Drive with Drakeford Drive were under capacity and would not be adversely affected by the proposed 26-dwelling development.

Most traffic along Mortimer Lewis Drive complied with the speed limit and did not reach the trigger target to implement traffic calming devices. This is consistent with a 2014 traffic study by the ACT Territory and Municipal Services Directorate (TAMS).

The findings were also consistent with traffic studies in 2014 and 2015 by the Land Development Agency (LDA). The Taskforce shared the study results with ACT Policing.

The Taskforce noted existing community concerns about the southern intersection to Drakeford Drive and has shared this with TAMS.

Parking along Mortimer Lewis Drive.

The parking assessment found that demand for parking peaked on a Saturday at the dog park and Sea Scout Hall. The report recommended additional spaces at the dog park.

Development on the southern part of Section 28 is unlikely to impact on the Sea Scout Hall car park.

Parking for the development will be contained within the boundary of the site and comply with the Parking and Vehicular Access General Code.

The Taskforce shared the study results with TAMS, the government agency responsible for traffic and parking. TAMS advised that additional parking at the dog park will be subject to budget bids and assessed against other capital works priorities.

Access to public transport and frequency of routes.

The site is approximately 1.5 kilometres from the Tuggeranong Town Centre which provides commercial, education, community and government services. It is within two bus stops on the same side of the road as the Kambah South local centre, which includes a supermarket, childcare, service station, medical centre and sports facilities.

Current ACTION bus services (as at 21 March 2016)

* On weekdays, suburban route 60/160 travels between Tuggeranong and Woden approximately every 20 minutes during peak times and hourly off -peak and evenings.

* Three services extend to and from Civic during peak times (Route 160).

* On weekends, Route 960 travels between Tuggeranong and Woden every hour from approximately 8am to 10pm on Saturdays and 8am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays.

* Connections are available from the Tuggeranong bus station to ACTION’s high frequency Blue Rapid routes to Woden, City and Belconnen.

The Taskforce noted community comments about the infrequency of bus routes along Drakeford Drive.

TAMS has advised that the frequency on the suburban route will be considered in light of future development and demand for service from Greenway East. Any increase in the frequency of bus routes is subject to funding.

TAMS noted that the bus stops on Drakeford Drive will require upgrading as part of the new development.

Height and style of future development.

The Greenway Precinct Map and Code for Section 28 allows for residential developments of up to 13.5m (four-storeys) next to Drakeford Drive and 9.5m (three-storeys) for the remainder of the block.

New designs for public housing under the renewal program are generally two-storey. However, depending on the configuration possibilities for the southern site, this development may include three-storey elements.

The development will comply with the Territory Plan.

Percentage of public housing in East Greenway.

The current percentage of public housing in Greenway is lower than the average across Canberra suburbs of 5-6 per cent.

The percentage of public housing in Greenway after the completion of Southquay, Greenway East and residential development on the remainder of Section 28, will still be lower than the Canberra average.

Potential anti-social behaviour from public housing tenants.

Housing ACT is the largest landlord in the ACT with more than 20,000 tenants. Anti-social behaviour is an issue with only a small minority of these tenants.

Where tenant anti-social behaviour is an issue, the main approach is to provide support as early as possible to address issues.

Matters involving criminal activities or criminal behaviour are outside the jurisdiction of Housing ACT and are more appropriately managed by ACT Policing. Housing ACT liaises with ACT Policing in these cases.

Timing of development.

The Taskforce plans to submit a Development Application in mid-2016 for the construction of approximately 26 residences on the southern part of Section 28 Greenway.

If approved, the development is expected to commence in early 2017.

The LDA plans to submit a Development Application for servicing works for the whole of Block 2 Section 28 Greenway in mid-2016.

The selection of the site.

When assessing land as suitable for building replacement housing, the Taskforce considers a range of criteria. The main two considerations are whether the land is available, and whether it is suitable for development. Other considerations include access to transport, services, education and employment.

Housing ACT owns public housing properties across Canberra. A number of these properties would have a higher land value than the Greenway site.

Future development on Section 28.

Block 2 Section 28 is listed on the Land Release Program in 2017/18.

Any development proposal is subject to a public notification period through the Environment and Planning Directorate’s Development Application process.

For updates on Section 28 development, email housingrenewal@act.gov.au with ‘Section 28 Greenway’ in the subject line.

Increase strain on existing services, namely health and education.

The Taskforce works with other ACT Government agencies, including the ACT Community Services Directorate, Education and Training Directorate and ACT Health.

The tenancy of approximately 26 residences is within the capacity of local health and education services.

The ACT Government’s public housing renewal program is delivering the biggest upgrade to Canberra’s ageing public housing since self-government in 1989.

To improve outcomes for tenants, 1,288 residences across 13 multi-unit public housing properties around Canberra have been identified for redevelopment. These properties – the oldest of any jurisdiction in Australia – were built more than 50 years ago for a growing public service, and no longer meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable members.

Continuing a culture of inclusiveness and support

Our Territory has a proud history of social inclusion and providing opportunities for all Canberrans during challenging times.

Through this program, the Government is committed to providing accommodation that is suitable for all public housing tenants and has appropriate access to transport and services.

New homes will be constructed or bought across the ACT and range from single dwellings to small developments of up to 30. The new designs will provide improved accommodation for those with a disability, allow ageing in place and provide opportunities for children to attend schools across Canberra.

New public housing design

Replacement public housing will be designed to ensure that the look and feel fits in with the local area and community. Each property will include:

  • a minimum six star energy rating
  • designs that take advantage of natural sunlight and ventilation
  • private open space or generous balconies
  • a strong focus on security and privacy
  • energy efficient equipment and fittings
  • designs that support tenants with a disability and allow ageing in place.
Future development sites

Construction has begun on several new public housing developments around Canberra, including in Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Molonglo Valley. Future sites have been identified in Belconnen and Weston Creek.

Greenway development

This notice is to inform you of ACT Government plans to develop 26 two-bedroom units on vacant land known as part-Block 2 Section 28, highlighted in blue on the map below.

Construction is expected to commence in mid-2016 and be completed by mid-2017.

Aerial photograph showing the location of north part-Block 2 Section 28 Greenway.

Stay informed

The Public Housing Renewal Taskforce will be providing an update on the program, including the Greenway development, at the next Tuggeranong Community Council meeting. The meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 1 December 2015 at the Southern Cross Club Tuggeranong, corner of Pitman and Holwell Streets.

Following the presentation, information on the program and the Greenway development will be on display at the Tuggeranong Library until a development application is submitted for approval to the Environment and Planning Directorate.

Project milestones will be communicated in a variety of ways, including:

  • regular web updates at www.act.gov.au/housingrenewal
  • email updates to community members who register online
  • letterbox updates to surrounding residents and businesses
  • presentations and information sessions as required.

Public notices on the public housing renewal program will be available at www.cmd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/find-a-public-notice.

For more information on the program, visit www.act.gov.au/housingrenewal. You can also email us at housingrenewal@act.gov.au or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Slide 1 – program overview
  • The ACT Government is undertaking broad renewal of public housing that will see more than 1000 modern homes built to replace ageing multi-unit developments, including several along the Northbourne corridor.
  • Investment in urban renewal presents an opportunity to create a greater level of social inclusion and equality while boosting economic growth.
  • Urban renewal, including the renewal of public housing stock in the ACT and transformational projects like Capital Metro and City to the Lake, is a core priority of the ACT Government.
  • It is important that Canberrans have a wide choice in how and where they live.
Slide 2 – previous development

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Slide 3 – previous development

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Slide 4 – proposed developments
  • 25 units on Monash site (17,082 sqm)
  • 20 units on Chisholm site (6,211 sqm)
  • Both sites have a Community Facility Zoning
  • Single storey
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Adaptable  - suitable for older people/people with a disability
  • Owned by the Commissioner for Social Housing
  • Energy efficient appliances
  • Minimum 6 star energy rating
  • Garage/carport for each residence plus visitor car parking
  • Watertanks – for landscaping or laundry area
Slide 5 – Block 7 Section 57 Monash

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Slide 6 – proposed development

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Slide 7 – Block 8 Section 567 Chisholm

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Slide 8 – proposed development

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Slide 9 – actions
  • Letters sent to adjoining properties seeking input
  • Submissions received on Chisholm:
    • Take into account impact of joining uses eg tennis courts, oval, schools
    • Improvements such as footpaths, street furniture, pedestrian crossings, slow speed zones, storage, switches at an appropriate height
  • Receive submissions on Monash by 6 March
  • Consider submissions and make appropriate changes
  • Submit Development Applications for each site
  • Subject to approval commence construction on the site