The ACT Government is undertaking background studies and analysis to prepare sites for sale in the Belconnen Town Centre. The sites are identified in Map 1 and known as:
- Blocks 26 and 30 Section 52 Belconnen
- Block 1 Section 151 Belconnen
These sites are identified on the ACT Government's Indicative Land Release Program (ILRP) for sale in the 2020 to 2021 financial year.
What's happening now?
Background Studies and analysis
The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) is undertaking background analysis and studies on the sites before the Suburban Land Agency (SLA) releases the sites for sale in the 2020 to 2021 financial year. The studies will help to inform the type of development that could occur through analysis of planning controls, traffic, environmental considerations and servicing.
A private contractor will undertake investigations which will involve geotechnical assessments and soil sampling. This work is scheduled to begin in the week commencing 23 November 2020 and is anticipated to take one week, weather permitting.
You can expect to see activity on site from 7am, which will involve the use of a truck mounted rig to drill boreholes across the sites. The public car park on Block 26 Section 52 (see Map 1) will be closed for one day on Monday 23 November 2020.
The Belconnen Bikeway, a key recommendation from the Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan (2016), has recently been completed in this area of the town centre. The Bikeway will be an important part of the Belconnen renewal sites to encourage more people to move between the town centre and surrounding areas using more sustainable modes of transport. The bikeway will remain open during the site investigations and will not be impacted.
EPSDD is notifying community groups, local residents and key stakeholders of the future sale and urban renewal of the sites.
After the sale of the sites, the community will have the opportunity to comment on future development proposals, both through pre-development application consultation (by the development proponent) and at the development application stage.
It is also anticipated that early design concepts for the sites will likely to be presented to the National Capital Design Review Panel so the design quality of the development proposal can be peer reviewed, before a development application is lodged.
What's happening next?
Further information about the sale of the blocks will be released by the SLA once all assessments and sales documentation has been finalised. To stay up to date visit the Suburban Land Agency website.
Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan (2016)
Block 26 and 30 Section 52 Belconnen and Block 1 Section 151 Belconnen are identified for future development in the Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan (2016). The master plan is guiding the long-term planning and renewal of the town centre and underwent extensive community engagement through 2014 and 2015. The master plan's vision for the sites is for an active, mixed-use precinct with commercial uses, such as shops and restaurants, facing Emu Bank and Lathlain Street.
For more information phone Access Canberra on 13 22 81.