Community engagement review
The City Renewal Authority undertook a review of community engagement activities related to the planning of the city precinct.
These documents extend over the past 15 years and describe the planning vision for the city's future. They include discussion papers and reports that had significant input from community and were prepared by different organisations including:
- ACT Government
- National Capital Authority
- In the City Canberra
- Canberra Business Chamber
- Colin Stewart Architects
- Property Council of Australia
- Canberra CBD limited
This is the beginning of the process and the authority will undertake a more detailed analysis through the development of a Precinct Renewal Program.
32,000 pieces of feedback were gathered in the creation of these 23 documents. Six themes were recurring. They include:
A city of people - Develop, renew and strengthen partnerships between community, industry and stakeholders to make the precinct full of places we can all use, enjoy and be proud of.
A creative city - Arts enrich people’s lives and play a major role in unifying communities, activating public spaces, promoting investment, boosting tourism and lifting economic activity.
An active city - Activate our precinct through best-practice place making that embraces a community focused approach.
A sustainable city - Support greenhouse gas emissions targets, promote innovative building and good urban design, nurture social connectedness and a more equitable city.
A connected city - Create a place to spend time and connect with others so it is easy and convenient to move around and encourages active travel. Shape the growth of Canberra to make it the premier place to connect us to each other.
A progressive city - Collaborate with community, business and government to create a re-energised precinct that is sustainable, liveable and attractive. We will use new and emerging technologies to improve quality of life.
Under each theme below are a summary of comments outlined in the 23 planning documents reviewed. These themes will guide how we formulate a program for the renewal of the city precinct. Based on the six themes, we are developing an action plan to bring our collective vision for the city precinct to life. We want your help to create this action plan. Help us develop the plan to improve our growing city precinct by providing feedback on the YourSay website.
A creative city
- Develop, support and enable organisations and individuals to contribute to the arts, culture, heritage and character of the precinct.
- Encourage, enable and deliver development and projects that are driven by, and deliver building and landscape design excellence.
- Encourage, enable and deliver development and projects that contribute to the arts, culture, heritage and character of the precinct.
- A planning and design framework guiding development to incentivise design quality and innovation sustainability.
- Encourage curation (public and private) of community spaces, including improved arts program and events to promote vibrancy and enhance community.
An active city
- Improve the appeal and vibrancy of the city through place making.
- Create a thriving city heart with improved economic performance.
- Adopt and endorse an active living principle: providing high quality open spaces, parks and places.
- Improve connectivity, liveability and wellbeing.
- Enhance the appeal of private spaces in the public realm through cleaning and maintenance to create a more enjoyable and welcoming city environment.
- Enhance the vibrancy and economic prosperity of the precinct through cultural, community and creative activities and events.
- Active street fronts and public realm spaces to encourage safety, interest and activation.
A city of people
- People first design to deliver innovative and quality urban design.
- Be inclusive and equitable.
- Celebrate our indigenous values.
- Maintain a high quality of living for all Canberrans.
- Community safety in the city.
- Provide vibrant, pleasant urban parks and places for everyone to enjoy by ensuring they are safe and accessible for the most vulnerable in our community.
- A people first approach to the planning and design of the precinct with priority for walking and cycling, good quality public spaces and social infrastructure to foster active and healthy communities.
- Be the cultural and economic focus of life in Canberra.
- Work collaboratively to develop a city that supports all citizens, including vulnerable members of the community, to prosper.
A sustainable city
- Create a climate resilient, resource efficient city.
- Ensure there are healthy and natural places for people.
- Create a resilient precinct and city population.
- Respect and reflect Canberra’s heritage.
- Deliver and maintain a cleaner, greener and safer city through development and renewal.
- Ensure there is a plentiful supply of green space (play space, food growing space, and passive and active open space).
- Design new buildings to achieve the highest possible environmental standards particularly in relation to low energy usage and low water usage to ensure the new city is a ‘green’ city.
- Invest in legacy capital works that improve the precinct, increase pride and leave a legacy for all.
- Respect Wafter Burley Griffin’s planning visions, particularly through its views, vistas and tree-lined streets.
- Maintain human scale in the city centre and access to views, vistas and trees, respecting the griffin heritage.
A connected city
- Plan and design a city centre based on principles of sustainability and healthy living with a well-linked public transport system.
- Create, facilitate and improve a range of transport services and infrastructure to encourage and provide a range of travel options that reflects and balances different needs and uses.
- Enable, facilitate and deliver upgrades and development of infrastructure and facilities to support and strengthen existing transport networks and active travel links particular public transport and active transport routes.
- Adapt and upgrade existing travel and transport infrastructure to improve transport and travel efficiency and access.
- Ensure changes and improvements are evidence based.
- Improve public places to build better pedestrian and cycle connections across the city and particularly between key areas and sections of the precinct.
- Prioritise development around light rail stations with public realm improvements and active travel links.
- Connect the city to the lake and create a lakeside leisure destination.
- Create a more compact, efficient city by focusing urban intensification in locations with existing services, facilities and along the major public transport routes.
- Provide equity in access for all transport users and level of mobility.
- Encourage the implementation and use of smart, innovative and emerging technology.
- Create a walkable city as the centre of Canberra.
- Provide adequate and strategically located parking to ensure a good mix of on-street and basement/dedicated parking to support local businesses and ensure the city remains an accessible destination to the broader Canberra community.
A progressive city
- Attract and retain a range of industries.
- Deliver a smart, innovative precinct.
- Be home to innovative industries and businesses.
- Support major infrastructure and development projects to drive economic growth and new business opportunities.
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