The ACT Government approves plans for the University of Canberra to develop its campus, which could include commercial, retail and residential projects.
Belconnen Community Council chair Tara Cheyne said with students increasingly studying remotely or taking classes online, the university was finding ways to attract people to the campus.
“University of Canberra vice-chancellor Stephen Parker wants to create a precinct where people can live and work,” she told 666 ABC Canberra.
“But probably one of the biggest things, and something that we’ve received quite a lot of questions about, is this proposal for quite a lot of housing on the site.”
Ms Cheyne said while some Belconnen retailers had criticised the proposal, commercial development was not the primary motive for the development.
“What’s more important for the retailers in the technical town centre at the moment is how we can connect UC and the Belconnen Town centre in a better way,” she said.
“Making those retailers even more viable than they already are.”