KINGSTON will be redeveloped into a bigger retail, residential and commercial area as part of an ACT Government master plan.
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development Simon Corbell made the announcement over the weekend and said the new master plan provided an important opportunity to create a more sustainable public space.
Encompassing Giles, Jardine, Kennedy and Eyre Streets, the master plan will include: a new supermarket and the increasing of the building height to five storeys in Highgate Lane – the service lane that runs from Eyre Street to Jardine Street – to increase redevelopment and street-life. There will also be a mixed development site for small-scale retail, residential and commercial spaces plus the improvement of pedestrian connections from Green Square, Kennedy and Giles streets through to Highgate Lane. Buildings fronting Green Square will maintain a low-scale to ensure solar access and keep the area’s “village feel”.
“The Government has consulted extensively on this new plan for the area and has developed a vision that has new aspects of retail and residential development while protecting Kingston’s village atmosphere,” he said.
Mr Corbell said the Government’s first priority was to prepare a precinct code – through a Territory Plan variation – and then prepare the documents to allow the release of key sites for the new mixed use development. He said the Government will maintain a detailed community process throughout the entire process.
To view the master plan visit, actpla.act.gov.au/Kingston