The Woden Valley Community Council believes the Draft Mawson master plan needs to incorporate more of the community’s views and values than is currently the case. More focus on the public realm is required and less focus on increasing building heights. Mawson was planned as a place for shopping, meeting and services for residents in the southern part of Woden Valley, and should continue to serve this purpose. These functions are clearly endorsed in the 2008 Precinct Plan.
The Woden Valley Community council has made several recommendations to the Draft Woden master plan which focuses on several key areas which includes: Transport, Building heights and Planning context, Public realm, Urban Amenity, Open space, and Sports and Recreation Facilities . The recommendations here are to compliment and provide alternative solutions that can be incorporated into the master plan.
This presentation outlined the problems associated with the approximately 1021 affected houses in the ACT, touched on issues such as market values of houses for owners voluntarily “opting in” to accept ACT Government offers, independent valuations, costs such as relocation, stamp duties, block clearances, legal fees and the apparent closure of buyback offers by 30 June, 2015
The proposed site in Garran was selected as being close to the hospital; thorough site assessment (including traffic noise, parking facilities, flood mitigation) and other environmental issues (such as walking trails and existing flora and fauna) were canvassed.
Established in 1954 and one of Canberra’s largest, the Goodwin Farrer Aged Care is showing its age and requires an upgrade. The proposed improvements include: Independent Living Units, currently numbering some 73, will be increased to around 150-160; Age Care Units, (63 to about 120) all supplemented with four and five storey apartment buildings.
The Community Services Directorate gave a presentation to WVCC on its plans to redevelop Strathgordon Court in Lyons. http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/hcs/act-omnibus-draft-territory-plan-community-consultation .
In its submission on these plans, WVCC has urged higher quality design and a commitment to continued public housing on the site.
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Woden Green is a significant development east of the Woden Town centre bounded by Hindmarsh Drive and Callum Street. Woden Valley Community Council has been consulted by the developers, Hindmarsh, over several years prior to and during construction.
The architects, Scott Carver Pty Ltd, advise that “following recent upgrades to the cycleway, road infrastructure and pedestrian overpass, Hindmarsh plan to deliver the next stages in the Woden Green estate. Comprised of a series of 3-storey residential buildings, underground parking, landscaping and recreational facilities, the development will be delivered over two separate stages.
Hindmarsh have already been active in consulting with residents of the surrounding properties. Following lodgement with ACTPLA the Development Applications will be available for public view and comment.”