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Section 72 Dickson Urban Renewal

Through a series of community engagement phases and activities we have heard a wide range of views on the future of Section 72 Dickson. This feedback has already been used to shape the preliminary planning for the site, including the development of a draft landscape and urban design concept plan showing how the precinct could be renewed.

Surplus buildings and structures have been removed from a government-owned site on Block 6 (5 Rosevear Place). An independent community needs assessment has also been completed to guide future planning and uses.

We will continue to engage with the community on the Section 72 Dickson urban renewal once the future of Block 22 (the Salvation Army site) is resolved. A community reference group is proposed to build on what we’ve heard so far and provide further guidance on the planning and infrastructure for Section 72 Dickson.

These processes will be finalised in an estate development plan and Territory Plan variation proposal that will be presented to the community for feedback.

Dickson swimming pool forecourt upgrade

We are currently trialling improvements to the Dickson Pool forecourt to help the community enjoy this space more. Over summer we will ask the community what they enjoy about these improvements. Your ideas will help guide the design of more permanent upgrades further down the track.

Common Ground Dickson

Canberra’s second Common Ground affordable and social housing initiative will be delivered on Section 72 Dickson. See more details on the proposal, including how you can comment on the concept designs here.

In order to build Common Ground and the additional community uses, a variation to the current zoning under the Territory Plan is required. Consultation on the draft variation has closed but you can see more details on the EPSDD Planning website.

Parking in Dickson

Construction by Coles Group Property Developments in Dickson may place pressure on parking around the Dickson Centre. As part of the requirements of their development approval, Coles Group Property Developments is preparing a construction period parking plan. EPSDD is working with Coles to identify suitable parking arrangements to ease the pressure for visitors, shoppers and workers during this time. Block 6, Section 72 could be used as a temporary carpark for construction workers during the week, and for overflow public parking outside of construction hours.

Information will be provided to the community before construction begins.

Tree management

There are more than 860 trees that make up the much-loved landscape setting of Section 72 Dickson and surrounds. These trees make a vital contribution to the health of our community and urban environment.

To inform planning and guide tree management for the urban renewal of Section 72 Dickson, an independent tree assessment was prepared in October 2018. The assessment evaluated regulated and significant trees across Section 72. The report recommends some trees be considered for future removal due to tree age and limited life expectancy, invasive weed species, poor condition, health issues (disease, insect attack and dead wood) or general risk. This information will inform ongoing management of trees in Section 72.

The recommendations of the tree assessment will be considered in any further design development to maintain and enhance the landscape character, canopy cover, public safety and enjoyment of trees in Section 72. These plans currently remain on hold and are subject to further community engagement, to be progressed once the future of Block 22 is resolved.

There are no plans to remove regulated trees within Section 72 Dickson, prior to a landscape plan and tree management plan being developed for the precinct in consultation with the community. Tree removal for the urban renewal of Section 72 will subject to further design, community engagement, a coordinated landscape plan for replacement plantings, and a plan of management of the existing trees. The tree assessment has been used to inform design work for Common Ground on Block 25.

This assessment is available in the documents list, in four parts.

Previous engagement

2018 to 2019

Early 2018

In early 2018 we heard from inner north residents, the wider Canberra community and stakeholders about their aspirations for Dickson. See more information on what we heard from stage 1 of engagement in the Stage 1 Engagement Report and Stakeholder Workshop outcomes.

The first stage of engagement told us there is support for people to live in an area close to the services at the Dickson centre. There was also support for more community facilities in the inner north.

Mid 2018

Following feedback from the first stage of engagement, two design scenarios were developed that show how the future of Dickson Section 72 might take shape.

A second stage of engagement looked at feedback on these scenarios and how best to shape future land uses and public space. Read the outcomes of this engagement in the Listening Report.

Late 2018 to early 2019

Building on what we heard in Stage 2, a draft concept design was prepared and tested in community design workshops. The workshops focused on the desired urban design and landscape design outcomes for the precinct. The design team then started preparing the draft estate development plan using feedback received on the draft concept design and other engagement outcomes to date.

2014 to 2015

The 2018 planning and engagement for Dickson Section 72 acknowledged and built on key outcomes from previous community engagement undertaken in 2014 and 2015. Previous messages from the community included:

  • Provide integrated precinct planning for Dickson Section 72, including planning and design controls
  • Retain community facilities, trees and open spaces in the precinct
  • Deliver integrated public spaces and walking and cycling network
  • Investigate alternative funding models for public space upgrades
  • Understand the future demand for community facilities.

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