The ACT government has released its aims for the Belconnen Town Centre in the form of a draft master plan. This plan boasts a new vision for the location, indicating that "Belconnen's town centre has features and potential that distinguish it from other places. It has particular environmental advantages that are given by the lake, open spaces, layout and nearby institutions.
Indeed, the importance of the town centre cannot be under-stressed. This key location provides recreation, employment and health facilities to the 97,000 residents who live in Belconnen. It also has a range of retail offerings and other important amenities.
Belconnen City Council Chair Tara Cheyne mentions that she's pleased to see a vast amount of contribution from the community has been reflected in the draft master plan. These include key ideas such as multi-level parking, connecting the pathways around Lake Ginninderra, implementing more 40km/hr zones and bringing a greater sense of vibrance to public spaces.
Another change worth noting is the implementation of height limits to buildings, which is set at 27 storeys. This serves to keep the town centre visually balanced and allows it to cohabitate with the view of the Brindabella Ranges, rather than compete with it.
It also aims to address a few other goals, which are to improve road networks, create an active mall front, relocate the bus interchange, establish an indoor swimming pool location and more.
These changes should all bring a sense of renewal and life to the Belconnen town centre, as well as provide jobs as the new developments take place.
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