A 102-bed aged care facility is planned for a block of land in Deakin that was occupied by the Margaret Dimoff Art Gallery, formerly known as the Solander Gallery. The 2973 square-metre site is located on the corner of Hopetoun Circuit and Grey Street next to Canberra Girls Grammar School.

The proposal can be downloaded here

DRA held a public meeting on the proposal in August 2017.

Tony Powell AO, former National Capital Development Commissioner and a vocal critic of development activity in Canberra, spoke on 24 Oct about how to improve planning.  His title was ‘“KILLING CANBERRA” – coping with an incompetent ACT Government and the corruption of due process”.   His background paper and speaking notes are on the DRA website. Two key points were:

“What is needed is a planning organisation with a core of professional staff of the order of 100, civil engineers, transport planners, town and regional planners, architects, landscape planners and designers, economists, sociologists, project development managers, writers, publishers and public relations managers so as to be in a state of constant engagement with the local community, business  and trade interests, and thus dispense with the current practice of heavy reliance on external consultants which is largely unreliable and inefficient.”
“There is a widespread public apathy on the part of my children’s generation to become involved in town planning and social issues generally, and consequently there is a need for them to give more consideration to the effectiveness of political parties at election time because it is leading to the rise of the ‘professional politician’, which is not a good thing.”

 

 

Canberra’s Planning and Building rules.  How can they be improved?

PUBLIC FORUM Tuesday 12 September 2017
7.00 pm Eastlake Football Club,
3 Oxley St, Griffith

Agenda

7:00 pm – Introduction: Marea Fatseas, Chair ISCCC.
7:05 pm – Opening remarks by Rachel Stephen-Smith, Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, on behalf of Mick Gentleman, Minister for Planning and Land Management
7:10 pm – Presentation by Ben Ponton, Director General, Environment Planning and Sustainable Development on Planning in Canberra
7:25 pm – Presentation by David Peffer, Deputy Director General, Access Canberra, on building regulation and enforcement
7:35 pm -Presentation by Gary Petherbridge, President, Owners Corporation Network Canberra on apartment building construction issues and rectification of problems
7:45 pm – Q&A with panel of the three speakers
8:45 pm – Chair ISCCC – Possible motions from the floor and wrap-up

Download agenda

RECORD OF PUBLIC MEETING CONVENED BY
DEAKIN RESIDENTS’ ASSOCATION, CANBERRA BRIDGE CLUB, 16 AUGUST 2017

The following link contains a record prepared by the DRA, plus commentary and views  from Purdon Planning.

Approximately 83 people attended a public meeting convened by the Deakin Residents Association (DRA) held at the Canberra Bridge Club on 16 August 2017.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss two proposed developments in Deakin –

  • redevelopment of the St Luke’s church site in Newdegate Street (Block 1 Section 30 Deakin) and
  • redevelopment of the art gallery site bordering Hopetoun Circuit and Grey Street (Block13 Section 49 Deakin).

Proponents of the proposed developments addressed the meeting and comments and questions followed from the floor.

A questionnaire was circulated to each participant inviting written comments on the proposals, as well as views on the need for more integrated planning of development in Deakin.

A record of the meeting is at  RECORD OF DRA PUBLIC MEETING held 16 August 2107

Landscapes uncluttered with advertisements used to be one of Canberra’s
defining attributes. In recent years ugly signs have proliferated, and are getting
bigger. With this proposal there would be even more of them.
One of the most striking impacts of crossing the border into Queanbeyan is the
sudden appearance of bigger signs. Proposals to allow billboards will bring
Queanbeyan visual pollution to Canberra.
Current regulations on sign size are not enforced. There are already billboards
outside the Deakin shops advertising pizzas, and outside the National Zoo to
name two. Fyshwick and Philip are becoming an unregulated free for all.
Poles that were placed on Kings and Commonwealth Avenues to enable flags to
be flown for visiting heads of state are now used as fluttering billboards to
advertise everything from dog shows to exhibitions at the national institutions.
Canberra airport has been a law unto itself, and is a foretaste of the size of the
massive billboards that could follow a relaxation of current (unreinforced)
regulations.
There are already too many road signs. Parking signs proliferate. Why not do
away with most urban parking signs and use procedures in the other local
government jurisdictions and in the ANU. Red paint on the gutter – no stopping; a
double yellow line – no parking; single yellow line – one or two hour parking; and a
dashed line longer parking.
Within 100 m of Hopetoun Circuit roundabout there are 20 signs, including a ‘billboard’
advertising Calthorpe’s House. Some seek to control speeds from 50 to 60
and a 40 km/h zone which is 75 m long. Drivers have enough distractions.
No more bigger signs.
George Wilson
President
Deakin Residents Association
www.deakinresidents.asn.au
Ph 62812160

The shortage of parking at the Equinox Building  is causing overflows of 50 – 100 cars into the adjacent former bowling club site  and nearby residential streets.

Current proposal to develop the former bowling club site as Equinox 2 will likely see additional parking shortages.

Redevelopment of the Telstra building in Kent Street and St Luke’s Church Newdegate Street will add additional pressure and increase traffic.

DRA is concerned that ACT Government does not see these new developments as creating a parking shortage problem and traffic  – but rather, a mechanism to discourage car use. See correspondence with officials which follows :

  • “I understand your concern, but our parking policies are designed to balance provision of private vehicle parking with encouraging modal shift towards more sustainable transport modes rather than single-driver-private-car. We do not support providing a dedicated car park (free or at-cost) for every person who may wish to drive to an employment node.”
  • “There is no government policy that would provide more taxpayer funded free parking in a central area such as West Deakin with existing high levels of service and accessibility for public transport and active travel (walking and cycling) – and nor would I advise a government to adopt such a policy.”

DRA understands that free car parking will be removed in the Geils Court and other West Deakin car parks and that pay parking will be reintroduced notwithstanding that it proved so undesirable in early 2016.

Parking was restricted in Beauchamp St on a trial basis for 12 months after limited public consultation of potentially affected residents in the area. It seems likely, the Government will introduce more parking restrictions wherever overflows exist, thereby changing the nature of our residential streets.  This could affect any street within walking distance (ie several hundred metres) of the West Deakin offices, Deakin shops, or busy locations – which is most of Deakin.  This would convert most of Deakin into a no-parking, or 2-hour only zone so that residents will lose the ability to park all day outside their own homes. It wil fill the suburb with ugly signs.

Conclusion

DRA believes there is a needs for a parking and traffic strategy that considers proposed developments and needs of residents.

The meeting on 16th considered proposals by

  • the Anglican church for eight ‘supportive housing’ units on St Luke’s Church site, Newdegate Street (Block 1 Section 30 Deakin)
  • Provectus  for a 90 bed residential aged care accommodation, 12 assisted living units, plus 40 seniors respite places on the Art Gallery site, 38 Grey Street (Block 13 Section 49  Deakin) 

The meeting was attended by 83 people. Most were Deakin residents.

In general, there was  support for the St Luke’s development, although there were concerns about the possible sub lease arrangements.

On the other hand, there was angst about the Grey Street development. Questions were asked about increased traffic, pedestrian safety, off site parking, underestimation of parking impact, increased noise (especially for those in the Ambassador apartments), building design, local shadowing, over-scale and inappropriate development for the site.

Resolving traffic, parking and congestion issues are key requirements for progressing the Provectus proposal. Quality data and professional credible modelling are the foundation of solutions.
A questionaire circulated at the meeting proposed that individual proposals in the suburb should not to be considered in isolation but be part of a strategic assessment that integrated with other developments. There was strong support that the accumulated impact should be assessed of the Anglican and Provectus developments and those by the Federal Golf Club, the Telstra site on Kent St, Equinox_2, light rail park and ride and overflow parking from West Deakin offices and Parliament.

and

Follow this link to see answers (dated 28 July) from Purdon Planning to questions about the planned Grey Street site/Provectus development.

For more information: 0427975500.

 

The ACT Government  is facilitating a ‘community panel’ to engage with the Federal Golf Club and their developer in relation to proposed future development of part of the Federal Golf course for retirement housing. They are inviting a range of organisations to participate in the community panel, including ISCCC, Red Hill Regenerators, Hughes/Garran residents groups, Deakin Residents Association, and Conservation Council. The first meeting was on 3 August 2017 6.30-8.30pm and second meeting 15 August 6.30-8.30pm at the Club, Gowrie Drive, Red Hill. Members interested in the proposal might like to participate. More information on the proposal is at the link on DRA web site.

 

Proposed plan for housing development on Federal Golf Course, Red Hill

The Anglican Church of Canberra and Goulburn are proposing to redevelop their site, Block 1 Section 30 Deakin, which currently houses St. Luke’s Church and associated residences.

At the link below is preliminary information on a proposal “to house eight supportive housing units” on the site. It has been provided by Purdon Planning. The DRA is planning to meet Purdon Planning both to gain more information and to discuss with them the public consultation processes. If you have any specific issues you wish to raise at this stage you can contact us through the website or by email to secretary@deakinresidents.asn.au.

Community Consultation Package – development of St Luke’s Church site

Grey Street Site – Block 13 Section 49 Deakin
Information about a proposed residential aged care accommodation development on the Grey Street site now occupied by an Art Gallery is below. This Grey Street site is also covered by an NCA Development Control Plan which can be viewed at this link: Adelaide Avenue Development Control Plan.

We understand that Purdon Planning plans to undertake letterboxing in early August and to conduct a ‘drop in’ session some time after that. We will advise when we know more. The DRA is planning to meet Purdon Planning both to gain more information and to discuss with them public consultation processes. If you have any specific issues you wish to raise at this stage you can contact us through the website or via email to secretary@deakinresidents.asn.au

Information on proposed Grey Street development provided by Purdon Planning:

The Site

Block 13 Section 49 Deakin (the Art Gallery site) (subject site) is located on the corner of Hopetoun Circuit, Grey Street and Adelaide Avenue (southbound off-ramp) and has an approximate area of 2,973sqm.

The Proposal

Provectus Care (PC) is proposing to build and operate a 90 bed residential aged care accommodation development, 12 assisted level care and 40 places for  seniors respite care. The development will be a high quality care facility and is intended to set a new benchmark in residential aged care for Canberra.The facility will offer residents a comfortable and stimulating environment in a beautiful, and prestigious setting with a wonderful outlook.

The project will involve demolition of existing structures that were constructed in the 1970’s. PC Deakin aspires to become an important part of the local Deakin community allowing an ageing local population to remain in their local area, and support other social and business infrastructure in Deakin.

The Proponent & Project Team

PC was established by Dr Shane Moran in 2001. Dr Moran and his family have been active in the aged care sector for over 60 years. PC is currently in a growth phase with centres already established in Melbourne, Sydney and Beijing and ongoing projects in Sydney, the Gold Coast and now proposed for Canberra (Deakin).

Provectus has engaged a team of local planning, design and construction professionals with experience in aged care accommodation to complete the project.

The team includes (but not limited to):

  • AMC (design)
  • Sellick consultants (traffic and civil engineering)
  • Purdon Planning (stakeholder consultation & approvals)

Stakeholder Engagement

Provectus intends to consult widely with all relevant stakeholders during the planning and design stages and prior to lodgment of the DA.

This consultation has commenced and will include adjacent lessees/residents, local centre traders, community organizations, and local politicians as well as representatives for approval agencies.

A brochure will be distributed to residents in the adjoining suburban areas and a drop in-session will be held at the Gallery during August 2017. A date for the drop-in session has not been finalised but will be outlined in the brochure.

Project timing

At this stage the Proponent is intending to lodge a DA with ACTPLA during the 3rd quarter 2017, with construction to start (subject to approval) in 2018.

It is likely that the project will take 12 to 15 months to complete, with occupation during late 2019.

Project Benefits

The project will bring a number of benefits to Deakin and Canberra including:

Increased social infrastructure for the ageing to address growing demands for quality aged care
New job opportunities in construction, aged care services and property maintenance and other services
New investment in Canberra
Support for existing and planned public transport (Woden light rail)
Ageing in community
New gateway to Deakin
Improved public realm