What’s happening now and how can I get involved?

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.

Essential site preparation work to remove surplus buildings and structures from a government-owned site on Block 6 (5 Rosevear Place) is now complete. 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 is resolved.

A community reference group is proposed to be established 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

During the engagement we heard that one of the community’s top priorities for Section 72 Dickson was upgrades to the Dickson Pool forecourt. In response, we are delivering improvements to help the community enjoy this space more, such as through improvements to landscape, shade, seating and bicycle parking. These will be temporary improvements to test ideas and get community feedback over the summer. We will ask stakeholders and the community what they enjoy with these improvements to help guide the design of more permanent upgrades.

Common Ground Dickson

Canberra’s second Common Ground affordable and social housing initiative is set to be delivered on a key site within 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 such as a café and social enterprise spaces, a variation to the current zoning under the Territory Plan is required. You can see more details on the draft variation, including how you can comment on the EPSDD Planning website.

Parking in Dickson

A Development Application (DA) was recently approved for Coles Group Property Developments to develop a seven-storey mixed use development, including a supermarket, basement car parking and 140 residential units in the Dickson Group Centre.

The Government is aware that the construction phase of this development may place pressure on parking around the Dickson Centre. A key condition placed on the DA for Coles Group Property Developments by the Minister for Planning and Land Management is the development of a construction period parking plan.

Coles Group Property Developments are currently working on the development of this plan. EPSDD are working with Coles Group Property Developments to identify suitable parking arrangements to ease the pressure for visitors, shoppers and workers during this time.

As we continue to work on the overall urban renewal of Section 72, the Government has advised Coles Group Property Developments that Block 6, Section 72 Dickson (a currently vacant government owned block) could be used as a temporary carpark for construction workers during the week, and for overflow public parking outside of construction hours.

Before any construction begins in the area alternative parking arrangements will be identified and information provided to the community. More details on the temporary traffic and car parking arrangements during construction will be released as soon as they are available.

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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