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About the Kippax Group Centre Master Plan

The ACT Government is preparing a master plan for the Kippax group centre. The master plan will draw on the existing strengths of the centre to outline a vision, planning principles and strategies that will guide its growth and development into the future.

It aims to identify what is important about the centre and how to enhance its environmental, social and economic sustainability. The master plan is being developed with input from the community and stakeholders, including traders and lessees, and ACT Government Directorates.

Kippax Group Centre Draft Master Plan

Community engagement on the Kippax Group Centre Draft Master Plan in early 2016 indicated strong support for the proposed recommendations that included the establishment of a central hub with new community facilities and a retail expansion for the centre.

Kippax Fair Alternative Development Proposal

Separately to the ACT Government's master plan process, the owners of the Kippax Fair shopping centre conducted their own community engagement about an alternative development proposal for retail expansion to the east of the centre and over part of the existing Holt District Playing Fields. Kippax Fair's engagement indicated support for their proposal, which suggested a different approach than that proposed by the ACT Government's draft master plan.

Kippax Group Centre Master Plan Community Panel

The ACT Government established a community panel to discuss the development and redevelopment opportunities for the centre, particularly in relation to potential retail expansion to the east as proposed by Kippax Fair.

The community panel process

The Kippax Group Centre Master Plan community panel met three times between July and October 2017 and facilitated focused discussion on the future of the centre. The panel was composed of representatives from the community, lessees, business owners, developers and government.

Through the community panel process, the panel largely supported retail expansion to the east of the Kippax Fair and agreed that it could result in an excellent outcome for the area that would draw more people to the centre and support the existing and expanded retail.

The community panel also agreed that:

  • a retail expansion to the east of the centre over part of the existing Holt District Playing Fields as indicated in Kippax Fair's alternative development proposal could result in a good outcome if done well (see draft master plan revisions for more details);
  • existing sport, recreation and community facilities affected by any expansion to the east of the centre would need to be relocated and the community should not be disadvantaged as part of this process (see draft master plan revisions for more details);
  • the costs and mechanisms for the transfer of existing sport, recreation and community facilities still requires consideration; however this replacement must happen if development to the east of the centre occurs;
  • the Kippax group centre should be able to accommodate a broad age group of people and related community uses;
  • improved public transport, cyclist and pedestrian connections are required to and throughout the centre;
  • additional residential development will benefit the centre and will increase safety through increased activity and surveillance; and
  • to doing nothing at this centre is the least desired option.

Summary of revisions to the draft master plan

The revisions to the draft master plan that is now open for your comment include:

  • recommending rezoning of part of the playing fields from open space to retail uses to allow for retail expansion to the east of Kippax Fair;
  • recommending that part of the surface car park to the west of Woolworths (south of the Kippax Library and the proposed new community facilities building) be rezoned to open space to allow for a small 'people's park'; and
  • recommendations that the lost playing fields lost as part of any eastern retail expansion be relocated to the currently disused Higgins Ovals to the south of Starke Street.

What's happening now?

Stage 4 - Community Engagement: Revised Draft Master Plan

Comments from the community, industry, and other key stakeholders received during Stage 4 of community engagement will be used to shape the final master plan and revised draft Holt (Kippax) Precinct Code.

To be kept informed about Kippax Group Centre email Kippax@act.gov.au

Community engagement is now closed.

Draft master plan revisions

Draft master plan revisions

Spatial Framework

These diagrams outline the key changes proposed to the existing draft master plan.

Land Use Zones

Building Heights

Pedestrian and Cyclist Connections

Study Area

The master plan study area

The Kippax group centre is located in Holt within the Belconnen district. The study area for the master plan is bounded by Southern Cross Drive, Moyes Crescent, Hardwick Crescent and Starke Street as indicated below.

The Kippax group centre provides services and facilities for the surrounding suburbs, as well as accommodating the recent growth generated by increased residential development in West Macgregor. The new residential development of Ginninderry is also anticipated to increase demand for services and facilities at the centre, particularly in the short to medium term or until a commercial centre is built in the future at Ginninderry.

Retail Expansion in the Centre

Retail Expansion in the Centre

There is a growing demand for additional retail space in the Kippax group centre due to population growth and the influences of nearby residential development, including Ginninderry.

The community panel agreed that retail expansion to the east of the Kippax Fair shopping centre (see Figure 2) could provide a good outcome for the area in allowing for an additional major supermarket, anchor store and a mix of new support services and smaller retail outlets. Adding more retail will attract more people to the centre and therefore will also support the existing services and retail in the area.

Opportunity to consolidate the centre

The Kippax Fair shopping centre runs in a linear direction along Hardwick Crescent and this results in long walking distances for people accessing the centre at each end. Recommending additional retail development at the ends would introduce longer walking distances and may limit the future viability of the centre if developed further this way.

There is also very little market appetite for new supermarket development on the existing surface car parks as major supermarket providers no longer wish to develop standalone supermarkets as they are more successful if co-located with other uses and attractors.

Opportunity for a connected centre

A retail expansion to the east of the Kippax Fair shopping centre could also contribute towards creating an attractive central community meeting space by improving pedestrian connections from the east to west.

Sport, recreation and community facilities

Sport, recreation and community facilities

If retail expansion occurs to the east of the centre and over part of the existing Holt District Playing Fields, then the existing playing fields will need to be relocated and replaced. This will ensure that the use of these facilities remain in use and that there is no disadvantage to the local community.

Opportunity to relocate the existing district playing fields

Currently, the Higgins Ovals to the south of Starke Street are not in use and the community panel recommended that these ovals be reinstated to playing standard so that they could replace the playing fields lost by the Kippax Fair retail expansion (see Figure 3).

Opportunity to relocate the existing community facilities building

There are a number of community organisations that are located in the existing community facilities building to the east of Kippax Fair. This building would need to be relocated and replaced in conjunction with any retail expansion to the east.

The community panel recommended the relocation of the building to the south of the existing library, this is what was also recommended in the Kippax Group Centre Draft Master Plan (see Figure 4). Through good design, a new community facilities building could contribute to creating a central community meeting place in the centre.

Previous community engagement

Previous community engagement

Stage 1 community engagement

The first stage of community engagement for the Kippax group centre was undertaken between 2013 and 2015. This process included a Strategic Planning Review (the review) which was initiated in 2013 by Riverview Projects, who are working in partnership with the ACT Government, to develop a new residential estate in West Belconnen. The review was undertaken in anticipation of the demand that the growing West Belconnen population is likely to place on the Kippax group centre.

EPSDD also facilitated an additional range of Stage 1 engagement activities, as part of an ongoing dialogue with government and non-government stakeholders. These activities highlighted suggestions and challenges for the centre that informed the development of the Kippax Group Centre Draft Master Plan.

Stage 2 community engagement

The second stage of community engagement which sought comment on the Kippax Group Centre Draft Master Plan concluded in February 2016. A large number of comments, survey response and emailed submissions were received during this period, providing valuable feedback about the draft master plan and the community's aspirations for the centre.

Stage 3 community panel

EPSDD has now hosted three community panel meetings to discuss the development and redevelopment opportunities for the group centre. This process was designed to bring the developers and community together to look for shared outcomes. The panel format facilitated discussion on the future of the group centre with representation from the community, lessees, owners, young people, developers and government.

The panel meetings were framed around the master plan process, development proposals, infrastructure, things that make the area special to the community and business in the group centre.

A summary of each community panel meeting is listed below:

Community Panel #1 - Thursday 27 July 2017

Community Panel #2 - Wednesday 6 September 2017

Community Panel #3 - Thursday 26 October 2017