Kippax Group Centre
The ACT Government has prepared a master plan for the Kippax group centre that sets out a vision to guide the growth and development in the centre over time.
The ACT Government is currently undertaking site investigations that will inform the future expansion of the centre and planning for new or upgraded community facilities.
In 2021-22, the ACT Government expects to sell the blocks earmarked in the master plan for retail expansion, commercial development and housing.
The community will be kept informed of any upcoming sales process and have the opportunity to comment on future development through the development application process.
The sale of these blocks will support the provision of new or upgraded facilities such as a community hub, improvements to central plaza, a skate park and replacement sports ovals. A final decision on these community facilities is subject to budget processes.
The community will be notified ahead of any work to demolish the existing, ageing health building, toilets and storage areas to make way for the redevelopment.
Residents will also be invited to have their say on the design of any upgrades to public places.
Once complete, the renewal of Kippax Group Centre will create new meeting places and facilities for West Belconnen residents to enjoy while supporting local businesses and jobs.
A vision for the centre
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.
The Territory Plan was varied in 2020 to allow for implementation of the Kippax Group Centre Master Plan. The variation changed land uses to provide for more community facilities and for the future expansion of the centre to the east over part of the Holt District Playing Fields.
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, to 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.