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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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