First BCC Public meeting of 2018 at Kippax Raiders Club on Tuesday 20 Feb

The first public meeting of the Belconnen Community Council for 2018 will be held next Tuesday. This month we are meeting in Kippax at the Canberra Raiders Club, Hardwick Cres, Holt.

The meeting starts at 7pm on Tuesday 20 Feb 2018

AGENDA
7pm Welcome and Chair’s Report
7.15pm MLA’s update
7.30pm TCCS Green Waste Bin update for Belconnen District
7.50pm AMC/Moran Presentation on UC Development
8.15pm Discussion on Kippax Group Centre proposal
9pm Close

All members of the public are welcome to attend

Kippax Fair propose turning a community oval into a shopping centre, instead of using one of the government owned carparks

Kippax Group Centre Master Plan consultation close 16 March 2018

Kippax Fair propose turning a community oval into a shopping centre, instead of using one of the government owned carparks

Kippax Fair propose turning a community oval into a shopping centre, instead of using one of the government owned carparks

The Kippax Group Centre Master Plan Community Panel Outcomes Report and the final stage of community engagement on revisions to the draft master plan were released on Saturday 23 December 2017.

This period of engagement will run until Friday 16 March 2018. This particular engagement will be longer as it runs over the school holidays which we are unable to count as part of the engagement period.

This link will take you to the Your Say page with details of the engagement.

https://yoursay.act.gov.au/kippax-group-centre-master-plan-2

The BCC have prepared this presentation on the negative impacts of surrendering an oval to become a shopping centre, when better options exist.

The community oval is much loved and highly valued. The government owned carparks and old buildings in Kippax could be used to provide more retail space, or the owners of Kippax Fair could redevelop their building. Turning an oval into a shopping centre is not the best option.

We encourage all Belconnen residents to express their opinion on this master plan at the link above.

BCC AGM and General Meeting 19 September 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the Belconnen Community Council will be held on:

7PM Tuesday 19 September 2017

at the

Community Room, above the Belconnen Library, Chandler Street, Belconnen.

The AGM will be held with all Committee positions declared vacant with an election held if more nominations are received, than positions to be filled.

Following the AGM, the monthly public meeting will be held. Full agendas will be published shortly.

Nominations for all BCC Committee positions must be received by the Secretary no later than 7 days prior to the AGM. Nomination forms can be found here:

Nomination forms can be found here:

BCC Committee Nomination Form

BCC Committee Self Nomination Form

The BCC encourage all members to consider nominating for the Committee.

All BCC members and members of the public are welcome to attend.

For further information email: hello@belcouncil.org.au

 

 

KFC DA next to Belco Skate Park rejected by ACT Government planners

The BCC rarely oppose Development Applications. Hundreds are approved every year and people get on with making Belconnen a better place to live and do business. Occasionally a proposal lacks merit and is inappropriate, or has issues that could be resolved with consultation.

Late last year DA201630298 was lodged to build a drive through takeaway restaurant on Emu Bank, next to the Belco Skate Park.

It was an inappropriate proposal for this site and inconsistent with the direction of Emu Bank, that became clear through the extensive community consultation process for the Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan.

The BCC, and many residents in Belconnen, made submissions to Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development about the DA. Our submission can be found here.  On August 3 2017 the BCC were advised that DA201630298 has been refused.

The DA was refused on three grounds:

  • The DA didn’t satisfy lease purposes allowed for that site
  • The DA was inconsistent with the Precinct Code
  • The DA was inconsistent with the Master Plan objectives.

This site should never have been sold, and other DA’s for the site have failed in the past. The BCC recommend the ACT Government resume this land and expand the Belco Skate Park, or simply grass it and let people enjoy the lake

It’s always refreshing when people see the planning system work well.

 

Belconnen Community Council July 18 public meeting

The BCC Public Meeting for July 2017 is on this Tuesday July 18 at 7.00PM at the Community Room above the Belconnen Library, Chandler St, Belconnen Town Centre.

The meeting will commence at 7PM

After welcoming members and guests, the Chair will present a short report on the previous months activities of the BCC.

Following this, there will be two presentations:

Suzzane Orr MLA for Yerrabi will speak about Belconnen issues in the Yerrabi electorate (Kaleen, Giralang, Lawson, Mackellar and Evatt).

Mr. Brett Phillips – Executive Director of Planning Delivery EPSD, will discuss the draft pre-DA Community Consultation Guidelines released by Chief ACT Planner Ben Ponton earlier this month.

The ACT Government is committed to improving the way government engages with the community on planning issues in the ACT. For planning to be successful in the future requires an ongoing partnership between government, industry and the community. The pre-DA guidelines are the first step in bringing together these groups to achieve better outcomes in the planning sector.

More information on the pre-DA Consultation process can be found at the ACT Governments Your Say website here.

Feedback on the draft pre-DA guidelines closes in Mid August.

All members of the public are welcome!

GEOCON parking in completed Republic development

GEOCON have provided the Belconnen Community Council with a document containing details of car parking in the completed Republic development.

That document can be found here.

The BCC should note that the Development Application lodged by GEOCON is for Stage 1 only.

A special meeting will be held at the Community Room above the Belconnen Library on June 13 at 7-9PM for members of the public to view the GEOCON DA and ask questions of the architects.

University of Canberra design students ideas about improving Belconnen – prize to be awarded at August BCC Public Meeting

Earlier in 2017, the Belconnen Community Council as part of its Belco50 program, created a competition in conjunction with the University of Canberra’s School of Design with the intention of generating ideas that could be used to benefit Belconnen.

The winner of the competition will be announced at theAugust BCC Public meeting by BCC Chair Elizabeth Hirst.

UC is a vital part of Belconnen and is seeking to improve its engagement with the broader community outside its campus. The BCC felt this was a good opportunity to assist students, strengthen UC ties with the community, and tap their students energy and enthusiasm for improving the built environment.

The BCC Committee decided to award a prize to a team of students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Design in a User-Centred Design course. This prize would be for a team that identified a problem through interaction and observation in Belconnen, articulated a design opportunity and prepared a brief outlining a solution that is pertinent to the Belconnen community.

The students were extremely keen to get out and explore Belconnen, with many being new to Canberra and Australia. Working in teams they came up with quite different solutions. In May the students presented their ideas to the BCC Committee and Dr Stephen Trathern of UC’s Faculty of Arts and Design.

As well as being used in their grading, and providing useful field research, the teams that place first and second will be awarded a cash prize, from the Belco50 funds provided by the ACT Government to celebrate Belconnens 50th Birthday.

We encourage the Belconnen public to attend our public meeting in August, view the different ideas, and applaud the teams that win the two prizes being awarded. They range from: improving Emu Bank, a tuk-tuk service, an improved bus interchange, and a Farmers market (there are more ideas!).

All the ideas the BCC Committee have examined are good, and each team has satisfied the brief. It will be very difficult to come up with a winner!

Public meeting on June 13 to discuss Section 200 Development Application

Are you interested in the development occurring on Section 200 by Geocon? It is being marketed to the public ahead of DA approval as ‘Republic of Belconnen‘. The development of this very large block of land in the Belconnen Town centre is one of the biggest developments in Belconnen in recent years.

Initial concept drawings of the proposed development were first presented to the Belconnen community in June 2016. The official launch of the Republic of Belconnen development occurred in December 2016. Concept drawings and imagery associated with the development have been available since then.

In April the developer lodged a Development Application. The BCC and others, requested that the period to respond to the DA be extended, as the scale of the development was so large, and the associated documentation was also voluminous. The ACT Government have extended the period in which submissions can be made by three weeks, until 21 June.

Special meeting 13 June 2017

The BCC will be holding a special meeting on 13 June 2017 at 7PM at the Community Room above the Belconnen Library.

All members of the public are welcome to attend.

Geocon will be sending representatives, including architects, to answer questions from the public, a week ahead of the DA period closing for submissions.

Why is this meeting being held?

The BCC are supportive of this development, and support the mix of retail and residential proposed by Geocon. This DA is for two buildings of 17 and 22 storeys, fronting Emu Bank and Eastern Valley Way.

The purpose of community consultation is to present ideas and proposals for public, government and community scrutiny. This brings about better outcomes for all.

In addition to the short timeframe for submissions to be made on such a significant development in the Belconnen Town Centre, the BCC have concerns over the level of community consultation that has occurred to date.

There are also significant community concerns about the lack of parking for Belconnen Labor Club patrons in the new development (this parking was a condition of sale).

Does the Section 200 DA affect you? 

Do you have any questions or concerns about the proposed development?

You can contact the BCC at hello@belcouncil.org.au or attend the public meeting and ask Geocon directly.

Information about the Section 200 Development

The information at the ACT Governments Development Application page is:

Development Application: 201731563

Address: EMU BANK, EASTERN VALLEYWAY & CAMERON AVENUE

Block: 2 Section: 200

Proposal: PROPOSAL FOR A SEVENTEEN AND A TWENTY TWO STOREY MIXED USE
COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT + Demolition of the existing
structures, removal of trees, construction of mixed use development
comprising of 6 commercial tenancies, 414 dwellings, basement car
parking, signage and associated works.

Period for representations closes: 21/06/2017