Final plan released
A new vision for the Kippax group centre
The ACT Government prepared a master plan for the Kippax group centre (the centre) that sets out a vision, planning principles, spatial framework and planning strategies to guide the growth and development in the centre over time.
A draft variation to the Territory Plan (DV361) is one step in implementing the Kippax Group Centre Master Plan. DV361, was open for comment from 25 March 2019 to 28 June 2019. The draft variation is now being finalised before being recommended to the Minister for Planning.
The Kippax Group Centre Master Plan was prepared in response to actions outlined in the ACT Planning Strategy (2012) and is consistent with the recommendations in the 2018 refreshed ACT Planning Strategy. These actions include the need to: investigate opportunities for urban intensification for the centre; to ensure everyone has access to a range of facilities, services and opportunities for social interaction; and to encourage active travel to and from the centre.
The centre provides a diverse range of services and facilities for its surrounding suburbs, as well as the more recent growth generated by increased residential development in west Macgregor.
Key recommendations of the master plan, as indicated in Map 1, include:
- establishing the centre’s role as a future major public transport hub
- providing new opportunities for retail expansion, including mixed-use development across the centre
- encouraging street based activity, through centre structure and built environment
- creating a community hub for the centre, by co-locating community facilities with the existing Kippax Library
- creating active meeting places, where people can linger and socialise
- improving pedestrian and cyclists connections to and within the centre, these improved connections will encourage active travel
- managing car parking within the centre, to provide for economic efficiencies and improved access through the car park areas, and
- promoting ecological enhancements, such as additional large tree plantings and integrated water cycle management for public spaces.
Preparation of the master plan included extensive community engagement, background research and analysis. The key issues identified for the centre included:
- Establishing a central hub with new community facilities, play space, trees and cafes next to the Kippax Library is supported.
- Retail expansion over part of the existing Holt Playing Fields to the east of Kippax Fair is supported.
- There is a need to improve cycling and walking infrastructure to cater for all ages and abilities.
- The existing skate ramp is used regularly and is highly valued.
- Convenient and accessible car parking in the central areas of the centre is highly valued.
- The potential increase of urban heat island effect created by new development is of concern.
- The potential increased volume and safety of traffic around the centre is of concern.
- Land release of a number of Territory owned blocks.
- Capital works for public domain upgrades to be considered in context of future budget funding.
- Uptake of opportunities by private sector and the community.
The Kippax group centre is located in Holt within the Belconnen district. It was established in the 1970s. Its intended function was to provide weekly shopping opportunities for the surrounding ‘neighborhood group’ of suburbs, primarily Holt, Latham, Macgregor and Higgins.
The Kippax Group Centre Master Plan sets out a vision, planning principles, spatial framework and planning strategies to guide growth and development in the centre over time. The master plan has been prepared in response to actions outlined in the ACT Planning Strategy (2012). These include the need to investigate opportunities for urban intensification for the centre, to ensure everyone has access to a range of facilities, services and opportunities for social interaction; and to encourage active travel to and from the centre. The master plan also seeks to respond to transitional impacts on the Kjppax group centre in anticipation of significant population growth in West Belconnen, particularly in the Ginninderry area.