The Molonglo 3 East Planning and Infrastructure Study is a combination of engineering (WSP) and urban design (RobertsDay). The content related to cycling is largely found in the reports written by RobertsDay. RobertsDay is facilitating a Movement and Place framework discussion between ACT Transport and ACT Environment on the go. Molonglo 3 East project is about experimentation and innovation. The cycle network is still inconclusive but appears promising.
The topography of Molonglo 3 East demands a reframing of the way planning is done in the ACT. Best practices that apply to the Molonglo valley are not support by the Estate Development Code, Single and Multi-Unit Housing Development Codes and the zoning codes in the Territory Plan. Molonglo 3 East is something new and exciting that will push ACT planing towards an outcomes planning mechanism.
The Molonglo 3 East Future Urban Area (FUA) will be developed last, likely to be built from west to east. This will mean that the last suburb in the Molonglo Valley will be built within a kilometre from Molonglo Stage 1, where it all started. The irony of this is not lost on those who wish to cycle to Civic, as the most direct route would be through both these suburbs. Still, Molonglo 3 East is shaping up nicely and will be worth the wait.
The complaints about the poor outcomes from the ACT Planning system have been discussed throughout the last legislative term, but without reform. Today, Planning Minister, Mick Gentleman, announced that the planning legislation will be rewritten.
The Planning and Development Act 2007 explains common urban planning terms in the ACT. Here is just a few.
This is the first of a series of articles on ACT building codes. The character and liveability of our city is a product of these codes. Here is a brief introduction to Estate Development Code and why it needs to be revised.
Ms Le Couteur MLA was concerned about the quality of the Molonglo Valley development and motioned the ACT Legislative Assembly for the matter to be investigated. The review concluded in 2020.
The Estate Development Code and Molonglo 3 Stage 2 are a poor mix. The local terrain is working against the ACT Government. Something has got to give.
The Ginninderry estate development has some of the best active travel infrastructure in Canberra. They did not invent it but rather were the first to implement the ACT Standards. It can be done.
Many of the problems we have with active travel are due to years and years and year of poor design. The Molonglo Valley is a good example. In Whitlam, the ACT Government is building a bike path with a gradient of 12.4% (200m, climb 24m). This is not compliant with the Austroads AGRD06A standard – and only determined and athletic types will love it.