ACT Metro is coming. Lyneham is in the sights

ACT Metro is coming. Lyneham is in the sights

The ACT Metro and it’s proponents (ACT Government) are moving forward with the light rail plan at frightening speed.

There are positives and negatives about the progression of this plan. Matters much broader in which we don’t wish to engage in debate here right now. Suffice to say the ACT Metro will have an immediate and significant impact on suburbs and streets bordering Norhtbourne, from Gunghalin through to Braddon.

These effects, if ACT Gov have their way, will commence in late 2016. The broader impacts on our suburbs and our amenity will start to take effect shortly after this. The commencement of construction is simply the beginning.

For Lyneham residents, there is a huge swathe of redevelopment to take place in redeveloping the government units from Murdoch St through to Macarthur Avenue. What flow on effects to our amenity will this create?

The LCA do not have a particular view, for or against the ACT Metro, other than we seek to ensure that development supporting the light rail is consistent with ‘best practice’ outcomes for urban density, livability, and the future of our suburbs and environs as eminently desirable places to live, socialise and continue to enjoy our suburb as a great place to live.

The LCA’s primary aim is to ensure that developments and urban growth spreading laterally from the Metro line are considerate and well considered. There are a myriad of nuances to take on board in these upcoming developments. One small part of these is the concept of ‘nodal’ development, that the greater developments concentrate around stations and people movement to provide the facilities that a commuting resident requires near to the point at which they access the commute.

The LCA only hope that these ‘design decisions’ are not solely developer driven outcomes of more ‘mass and yield’ (which, for the uninformed, is subterfuge developer-speak for bigger buildings and more profit)

Building harmony in developing long term outcomes which benefit all is a balancing act which should err on the side of livability, social cohesion and a greater understanding of the physical movements and social desires of the peoples that reside, and will reside in the future, in any location. ACT Government should consider these longer term outcomes as a collaborative component of building a better city, and it’s desire to transport those citizens, via a new means,  of this city.

Urban density is a desirable outcome for a more efficient lifestyle which meets a number of efficiency goals for city planning and lower carbon impact (caveat: should those higher density buildings be designed correctly), over time that density will spread into established Lyneham streets. How will this be managed?

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One comment

  1. Richard

    Im very concerned that the redevelopment of Northbourne, and the streets nearby will be nothing more than slabs of units.
    241 Northbourne is a horrible recent example of an ugly, inaccesible, private development. Will Northbourne end up a ghost town as a result of developer interests winning out the ‘mass and yield’ equation as described here? I too have noticed the ‘better communities’ slogan on the fences along Northbourne. But if recent history is anything to judge all we are going to get is ugly, self indulgent, locked out residences. This should be a vibrant, user friendly area, a creation of small villages and placemaking iconic areas. Not a lump of F-you private units like 241..or Axis !

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