Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development Simon Corbell unveiled the draft plan for public consultation this morning, developed after more than 15,000 people provided ideas and comments about future possibilities for the area.
Ms Gallagher described the plan as ”a way of looking at how growth can happen across the city while keeping with its natural settings in line with Griffin’s plan 100 years ago.”
“People want a city that has a real identity, a place people can gather in and celebrate in that is vibrant and alive at all times of the day and night,” Ms Gallagher said.
“What people want is the centre to be less about traffic and cars and more about walkable connections across it and to Lake Burley Griffin.”
The draft plan will look at ways to connect the city centre with the foreshore including the lowering of Parks Way and a new interpretive boardwalk as part of the City to the Lake proposal.
Mr Corbell said it was important for the government to focus on increasing the residential population of the city centre, with plans to double the residential population by 2030.
“We need to remove the barriers that make it hard for people to access the whole of the city centre including accessing the lake. When we do that, we open up opportunities to develop and revitalise the city centre to make the places like City Hill Park a truly people-friendly place,” he said.
The plan will also see City Hill transformed into a “functioning park” and Vernon Circle reconfigured as an urban street.
The public will have a month to comment on the draft before a final plan designed to guide Civic’s development until at least 2030 is approved.
The community can comment on the Draft Plan through www.timetotalk.act.gov.au or by visiting displays in Garema Place this week and the Canberra Centre next week.