Molonglo 3 East tender 53971.RFT.01

Canberra Centenary Trail, Glenloch farmland and future Molonglo 3 East estate development. Cork Oak Forest right.National Arboretum, Canberra.

Molonglo 3 East Planning and Infrastructure Study (Phase 1) is coming out bit by bit. Unfortunately, it has not yet been released in full. The recent tender 53971.RFT.01, Preliminary Roads And Earthworks Design, provides a history of the planning documents for Molonglo 3 East (M3E) to date.

Tender 53971.RFT.01, Preliminary Roads And Earthworks Design, Urban Water Management Strategy And Concept Plans. Final Dated 04/08/2021, 6-8.

Molonglo 3 East (statutory) Concept Plan

The Molonglo 3 East (statutory) Concept Plan is coming. The process was not previously clear how the ACT Government would decide on a concept plan. The tender provides some insight into how this comes about. It will look a little like the 2021 Molonglo 3 East Conceptual Layout (attachment D).

The Molonglo 3 East Planning and Infrastructure Study (Phase 1 Investigations), undertaken by WSP and RobertsDay consultants in 2020, informed the preliminary scope for this Project and will inform the Molonglo 3 East (statutory) Concept Plan.

The Molonglo 3 East Planning Concept Plan will be prepared by the Land Investigations Team in Development and Implementation Division and the Territory Plan Team in Planning and Urban Policy Division within EPSDD.

Tender 53971.RFT.01, Preliminary Roads And Earthworks Design, Urban Water Management Strategy And Concept Plans. Final Dated 04/08/2021, 9.

Attachment D – Molonglo 3 East Conceptual Layout (Wsp/Rd 2021), 28.

Top, the Northern Collector, is the unnamed collector shown left to right between John Gorton Drive and William Hovell Drive. Attachment D – Molonglo 3 East Conceptual Layout (WSP/Rd 2021), Tender 53971.RFT.01, Preliminary Roads And Earthworks Design, Urban Water Management Strategy And Concept Plans, Final Dated 04/08/2021, 28.
Bottom, the Southern Collector, is the unnamed collector shown left to right between John Gorton Drive and the East West Arterial. Attachment D – Molonglo 3 East Conceptual Layout (WSP/Rd 2021), Tender 53971.RFT.01, Preliminary Roads And Earthworks Design, Urban Water Management Strategy And Concept Plans, Final Dated 04/08/2021, 28.

Timeline

3.7 Molonglo 3 Stage 2 Proof of Concept

RobertsDay were commissioned by EPSDD to undertake a review of the Molonglo 3 Stage 2 east of JGD Concept Design and recommend further planning/design advice on key components.

Key components of the RobertsDay project were:

– Providing advice on the planning requirements for the potential Intertown Public Transport (IPT) route through the urban area and known as Bindubi Street Extension (BSE),
– Providing advice on the Group Centre interface with IPT route and Coppins Creek, and
– Providing advice on housing block yields under different scenarios.

Tender 53971.RFT.01, Preliminary Roads And Earthworks Design, Urban Water Management Strategy And Concept Plans. Final Dated 04/08/2021, 6.

3.8 Molonglo 3 East Planning and Infrastructure Study (Phase 1)

EPSDD engaged WSP and RobertsDay consultants in May 2020 to undertake Molonglo 3 East Planning and Infrastructure Study (Phase 1), to investigate and develop planning, urban design and infrastructure principles to create an exemplar of urban development in Canberra.

Three design concept plan options were developed considering:

• Block compliance/yield impacts,
• Key interfaces,
• Acoustic principles,
• Walkable neighbourhoods,
• View corridors/key axis,
• Land-use policies,
• Designing for inclusion, and
• Slope responsive streets.

Key elements of the preferred design concept plan, (Attachment D) follow:

– The Bindubi Street Extension is to be a collector road and not an arterial as previously conceived. It will connect to the intersection near the northern end of John Gorton Drive and will serve local traffic in the north of the M3E area.

– A second collector road connects from the recently constructed intersection on John Gorton Drive north of the Molonglo River and passes to the south of the northern group centre and on to the proposed East-West Arterial in the southeast precinct of the M3E area.

A ‘slow speed’ collector road joining the above two collector roads and passing school sites and the northern group centre. This road will primarily service local traffic travelling to and within the central/commercial zone. All other neighbourhoods can access and exit the M3E area via the other collector roads.

– Collector Roads in the centre of neighbourhoods provide maximum access to public transport located along these roads.

The Intertown Public Transport (IPT) corridor is de-coupled from the road reserve in the vicinity of the primary school commercial/group centre and aligns along Coppins Creek (public open space reserve).

– In the short to medium term (prior to the IPT being constructed), buses are the likely mode of public transport to be included along the collector roads, though road cross sections and building frontage types should accommodate staged changes to transit corridors over the life of the precinct.

Areas of high urban amenity, such as proximity to community facilities and the landscaped Coppins Creek public reserve will be subject to higher density with convenient access to public transport.

Tender 53971.RFT.01, Preliminary Roads And Earthworks Design, Urban Water Management Strategy And Concept Plans. Final Dated 04/08/2021, 7-8.

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