Weston Group Centre Master Plan

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Weston Group Centre Master Plan


Outcomes Public Design Workshop

4

April

2012


2


Contents


1.
Recapturing the v
ision for the centre

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What does the community value about the centre?

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3

What are key issues and concerns?

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What does the centre need?

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2. SWOT analysis

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Strengths

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Weaknesses

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Opportunities

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Threats

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3. Comments on preliminary option

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Community precinct

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Transport

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9

Recreational area
and green spine

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10

Brierly Street

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11

New mixed use development

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12

Commercial and retail

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Interim measures needed

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14

Map
comments

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3


1.
Recapturing the v
ision for the centre

What does the community value about the centre?



Village atmosphere



Walking distance



Great shopkeepers



Low
, human scale



Good mix of facil
i
ties



Open space

and g
reenery surrounds



Community services



Bike access



Home and community



Childcare



Recreation



Cultural/arts



Exce
llent pattern of walkways

What are key issues and concerns?



Increasing demand and pressure of
services



Increasing traffic flow



Further development
, increase in ugly development



No community services



No public toilets



Molonglo Development

and too many residents



Multi storey car parking



Busy p
etrol station



Lack of i
ntegration



Decreasing liveability



Pathway systems are in poor condition and dangerous (e.g. bikers, scooters,
limited number

of road crossings)



Large indoor community hall but noise issues from variety of function and
not utilised fully



Weston Preschool

possibly threatened by density/no
ise
/traffic if rezoning
allowed



School closure



4




Preschools can only function if 2 classes



Community hub


no direct access to hub, no local awareness but doesn’t
provide services for our community



What about the use of Weston School community hall?



Mobile
library


poor selection, only books, not well publicised, poor
technology, etc
.



Woden facilities are tired



Ugly outside Coolema
n Ct



Scout hall underutilised



Community hub


difficult to get around

What does the centre need?



Parking ease



Impact of Molonglo



staged and managed support for traders needed



Age demographics, inflow of younger families, mixed



Independent living unit


support for continued
access

to
local

facilities and
services



Weston Creek needs a distinctive
identity
, need to recognise ‘villa
ges’, not
Wo
den or Molonglo’s ‘poor cousin’



Traders support for
the centre, e.g. after the fires



Support independent living


e.g. Cooleman Ct ramps in entrance
inaccessible for someone with mobility issues even though
they are ok for
strollers/prams



Detai
led delivery essential



Piazza needed


welcoming
, bus station, shelter



Central space (pedestrian)



Close Brierly St



Pathway systems provid
ing

good structure an
d

access



Linkage of community hub


im
prove connection


no true link



Health building


independent living unit m
ake more of as a local facility



Area north of scout hall more accessible than community hub.



Community centre hall is well used but poor condition



new centre or
refurbish
.



Casual meeting place for community



New shops in centre an
d ease of access



Full time preschool

-

n
ot under threat of being closed/downsized



5




Aquatic centre, as Woden/Weston has onl
y 1 outdoor pool for whole area

(
50m and family pool,

hydrotherapy and indoor heated)



Medical centre and m
edical facilities


doctor a
nd dentist



Library


cultural and arts centre, internet access, video rooms



Seniors centre

and y
outh centre

(s
uggesting that all this could be
accommodated on the corner of Hindmarsh and Brierly

St)
.



More shops, e.g.
Spotlight or Linc
raft, Bunning
s

2.
SWOT

analysis

Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats were presented as a
summary of the area’s characteristics and added to (
in blue
) by the
community.

Strengths



Easy vehicle access from major roads



Convenient surface parking



Diversity of services
and shops



Cohesive and active community



Strong community ownership of the centre



Thriving centre located in the heart of Weston Creek



3rd largest group centre in Canberra in terms of commercial floor space



Human scale of centre



Good balance of strip shoppi
ng and mall



Geographical centre



Strong village feel



Demographic



Lots of open green space



Best commuting routes in Canberra

Weaknesses



Poor pedestrian environment



Lack of parking close to centre



Road layout causes problems at some intersections


pressure o
n parking
close to centre



6




Limited bus services



Disconnected community hub and recreational spaces



Aged community facilities/ low quality



Pressure on community meeting facilities(indoors) and lack of outdoor
meeting spaces, e.g. plaza or square



Community
hub is not being used to its full potential



Limited recreational activities and spaces for young people (e.g. closure of
youth service, poor quality of oval and play area)



Poor amenity in the public realm(lack of trees, lighting, public toilets, poor
pavin
g, etc)



Stormwater drain along Streeton Drive and Weston Creek limit future
development and access to centre



McDonalds location



North entrance to Woolworths is ugly



Difficult vehicle access



Lack of aquatic centre or library



Not easy east
-
west connection in

the south



Expand parking times


3hrs



Unattractive place



Walking paths to north

Opportunities



Integrate future rapid transport stops with mixed land uses and activity hub



Enhance Br
ier
ly Street by making it pedestrian friendly and encouraging
active front
ages and fine
-
grain strip shopping



Improve cross
-
site connections for pedestrians and cyclists



Reinforce community precinct (community and health centre)



Activate green spine between reinforced community precinct and
community hub including recreational sp
aces



Create hierarchy of open spaces with different types of spaces



Reinvigorate the neighbourhood oval to enhance active living and useability



Swimming pool



Plan for further recreational opportunities for younger people. Pool. Play
area, oval/
reinvigoration



Oval to have indoor sport centre and swimming pool



7


Threats



Competition from Molonglo centres will be too strong in the long term



Pressure on parking and facilities before Molonglo group centre and
facilities are built



Future ‘big box’ retail

is not integrated into the urban fabric of centre



No funds to rebuild community and health facilities



Weston preschool is relocated



Timing of rapid route is delayed



No funding for capital works



Need for new fuel station



Molonglo/ increasing traffic



Invisi
bility to government


Weston creek viable regional area


Weston
creek not on the radar


electorate boundaries



Lack of landscape maintenance funding to back up capital works



The current plan threatens the ‘strengths’ of the centre. Bad development
is wor
se than good development



Cooleman court and surrounds need to be of good quality as we don’t want
to be the ‘poor cousins’ once Molonglo centre is built


3.
C
omments on preliminary option

A

preliminary master plan option

was

introduced and
discussed in
table groups
along key themes
.

At the end people were asked to vote for comments they
most agree with (

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Community precinct







Open up back of Cooleman Court
and Community Centre, ensure
vista
to rocky outcrop
and

good so
lar
access






Better or
improved connec
tion with green space and creek





Coffee shop

next to
playground (younger children)





Choice
of
outdoor
and
indoor li
festyle


wind shelter
,
suntraps, type of
commercial


themed





Community centre


visible
and

ground floor access





Ensure a
ccess to community centre for Mirinjani residents



level,
scooters, footpaths (
wide, level grades)





Why should commercial space be located in where health building


using
up green space



8






Need to

activate relationship
t
o

shops



Need health services

or
medical centre and updated community centre

-

c
urrent one i
s dated and should be bulldozed



Lack of o
rientation of building
s

-

facing car park



Co
-
locat
ion

opportunities

(community, health, retail)



Relationship between shops a
nd
Community Centre

strong


‘push down
towards
Creek

,

church


safety



Connections between residential area
and

shops



Connections between b
oard walk

on
green spine
and traders



Meeting place


needs meaning and attractors,

e.g. market place
(community markets)



Retain human scale



Retain integrity of community facilities



Work out a staging

t
o meet demand for Molonglo residents in 10yrs

-

g
et
infrastructure
and commercial facilities

in early
and

operating,

a
void
Dickson and G
ungahlin early development

without facilities



Urban open space

on corner for
community facilities

is currently
disconnected



Add g
ood interface and green spine



Would not support a senior’s centre on its own


should be
in
clusive
and
multi
-
use
-

i
nvest
ment

p
ragmatism
-

$ goes further



Replace
community

building


better design, more space,
not
viable

to
WCCA if no more space, connected, multi
-
purpose

or

shared use



Green space


related to
North
-
East
, creek,

green spine



Manage stormwater/
flooding risk



Casual
recreation


f
u
rther north organised



Any change in zoning


no net loss of C
ommunity Land Use zoning



Walkways


access for older people



Interfac
e of community centre


indoor/
outdoor


seating surveillance



Conditional development
and

only if it opens up co
mmunity centre
and

shopping centre to indoor/
outdoor spaces



Attraction
essential


draws people in



How do you control ground floor
and

external tenants? Open + accessible



Risk with using temporary
community facilities

on
urban open space

area


look tempor
ary


will stay


look at
Old Parliament House



Opportunity for rock garden



Arc of community space



Develop an integrated health or
wellness centre containing doct
ors,
dentists, physios, massage

etc
.

in one centre but separate businesses



9


Transport














Don’t put the rapid bus

service through Brierly Street
-

i
t is
already too congested.









We’re allowed to disagree


bus stop needs to be in a central
location and only Brierly Street

gets you there











Realign Parkinson Street with Liardet Stre
et (see satellite map)


this could provide

better public transport access










Close Brierly Street


pedestrianise the street
;








because this
threatens shops









In the short term, modify gutters so cars can drive up to the petrol
station
and

remove small wall


would improve petrol station access








(1/ 4) Don’t like the public art on the corner of Brierly street





a waste of $ (3 figures look like gingerbread men)






Access on to Hindmarsh drive from Brierly Street is very dangerous.

Turning west on to Hindmarsh

is very tricky.






Namatjira
Dr
-

Streeton
Dr
intersection improvements to handle
increased traffic






Better accessibility


safe access via clearly marked yellow pathway
between Woolworths and the car park (similar to Woden’
s car park)






The ‘shared zones’ are not working and not understood


doesn’t make
sense






Buses need to be given a district space


even in a car park space if
necessary





Consider Trenerry square as a bus depot, entrance from + leaving into
Liardet
Street, but not into Streeton drive. Covered pedestrian area fronting
Trenerry square shops +to entrance over Brierly (pedestrian mall)





To get people out of their cars


the public transport needs to be
significantly improved The Rapid Transport System
will not work


there are
too many intersections


even on the arterial roads like Streeton Drive
.





Consider Trenerry square as a bus depot, entrance from + leaving into
Liardet Street, but not into Streeton drive. Covered pedestrian area fronting
Trenerr
y square shops +to entrance over Brierly (pedestrian
mall).





Ensure bike c
ages are located near bus stops.




Service station
-

change access by removing kerb and allow direct access to
all pump
s


not the one kerb access now.





The location of the community

centre is dangerous


where will pe
ople
park


dangerous to access.






Suggest one at on Brier
ly street.



Propose a circle/ loop between Woden
and

Weston creek on a continuous
basis (for majority of 24 hr period)


need not be a maxi
-
taxi


could be mini
bus. Might be practical
and

cost effective option for outsource to private
provider as long as fares are equitable

and

integrated with action servi
ce



10




Major increase in number of motorised scooters on paths crossing roads
and in Cooleman
C
ourt


paths in poor condition


road access is poor


safety in centre


many riders not in control
and no
where to park scooters
safely in Cooleman
C
ourt.



Repair an
d maintain paths


make road crossings better when future
refurbishment of Cooleman
C
ourt is under taken


please make
it
safer
and

areas to park safely near shops
.



Provide g
ood east
-
west pedestrian
and

cycle route and safe
.



Use parking area near tennis co
urts for employees
.



Assume


ground level car park will be replaced by a
n

underground or
parking structure
-

where will
it
be located? Bike racks needed
.



Community hub in proposed plan is appallingly sited. It needs to be next to
shops!! Not across busy ro
ad in an isolated paddocks.



Realign Parkinson
St
to join roundabout. Triangular space created could
then become combined residential
and

commercial providing 3 points of
into

the centre
.

Recreation
al area and green spine











Swimming pool










Library










Community area to look out to and embrace the green spine








Hydrotherapy pool


disabled children, elderly


ageing population








Wider pathway


accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists






Route heavily used, not just Cooleman court, also holder






Having pedestrian route on Liardet Street going North West under
Namatjira Drive to tennis court






More police presence







Landscaping


important





Seats





Sporting and cultural


(squash

(1)





Easement


what restrictions are there?





The underpass from Stirling, Rivett, and Chapman needs to be upgraded
with good lighting


under Hindmarsh





Lighting along the path





Sports centre and swimming pool


like Tuggeranong


free up other
ar
eas in centre





Separate cyclist and pedestrian path





11






BBQ area






Improve the retail


better supermarkets


with pedestrians











Medium density housing on oval



Oval good location



Streeton
D
rive


is there a way of building over the easement
?



P
ark facilities for teenagers,

i.e. basketball courts



Oval not used very much


schools are closed



More active uses



Like to see government spending in area



Interface of the southern car park is a mess


with green spine



Short term improvements



Maintenance
of the path



Community hub


there is no access at present



Future


people coming in from north pedestrian paths (across Hysen
Street) need to be improved



Never been properly designed for traffic


ad hoc


parking and traffic



Not using oval



Oval not utilis
ed
-

move Rivett oval and other surrounding ovals

Brierly Street









Stop traffic into Trenerry place from Brierly Street




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Trenerry
P
lace to be pedestrian










Make ‘one’ green meeting place in community spot






Street trees on Brierly
S
treet








Liven up blank wall on Cooleman court









Move bus to Parkinson Street








Petrol station


get rid of brick wall at entrance


slows down service





Make interesting environment. e.g. change pavers in the paving.

Incorporate planter boxes





Shared zone to Brierly street






Keep active uses around bus station










One way bus? Trough Trenerry
P
lace



12




More alfresco dining on Brierly St


pedestrianise Brierly St except for
service vehicles



Narrow
pavement on Co
oleman Court side and

u
se extra space on other
side (wider pavement) to allow cafes



Awning could provide shade on Cooleman court blank wall



Some short term parking Trenerry
P
lace



Use awning in interesting way (over hang/ clad in wood) art is difficult to
maintain



Need to keep access to shops + trades



Create a square in Brierly Street



Brierly Street is a mixed use zone



Better bins. Get rid of wheelie bins



Keep Trenerry Street urban



Just build Trenerry
P
lace first



Move employee parking to area near tennis co
urt



Make decent sized trees that you can walk under + maintain them



Urban style street furniture

New m
ixed
use
development









Maybe 3 to

4 stories






Aesthetically pleasing development






No high rise


greater than 6
-
10 storeys






Orientation of proposed residential






High quality, well integrated






Good addition to the centre







Variety of product in individual developments. Focus of 2
-
3 bedroom
dominant. Few 1 bedroom





Shopping at ground level (Trennery Street)





No high
er than other buildings





Good quality





What demographic will it be aimed towards

















6 stories



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Avoid uniformity of buildings (i.e. 50 townhouses all the same), need
diversity.



Residential
should have lots of greenery.



13




Maintains viability.



Renews and refreshes existing community.



Should be mix of commercial, retail and residential.



Development provides a wider choice of product.



Structured parking does not equate to paying i.e. 2hrs free at
Woden.



Traffic management strategies to manage additional/varied flows as a
result of increased development.



Opportunity for employment could be increased.



Heights should be responsive to environment, i.e. topography and tree
canopy.



Land opposite Weston C
lub on Brierly St is prime development opportunity.



What density is appropriate? Terraced/ tiered style



Architecturally pleasing



Common spaces



3
-
4 stories may be appropriate if open/ adjoining spaces equal in scale 2



Traffic flow impacts



Maybe slow traffic



Orientation



Restrict height


but not all the same



Good e.g. is Dickson which overlooks a street on one side


green space on
the other



Good landscaping



Maintenance (petrol station)



Mixed residential (1 and 2 stories) and (3 and 4 stories)



Attractive
public works



Links to (space) other areas



Attractions



Good balance



Orientation



Relocate McDonalds and the Service Station, within the boundary of the red
line on the map to make the place safer for pedestrians and vehicles.
Another’s view is to just make
the area safe for pedestrians.

Commercial and retail





Do not expand the retail area beyond its current space. Keep the village
feel (not like Woden) more like Manuka. Limited expansion.



14




Widen pavements to improve amenity for alfresco dining. Better
pedestrian access, slow traffic down.



No more expansion of retail, will kill the village atmosphere we already
have. Fear that non local residents will use the centre e.g. Molonglo i.e.
don’t build new retail spaces.



On the other hand there is concern th
at saying no more retail will not help
the centre to be vibrant.



Pedestrian and car safety access to centre.



Village feel e.g. al fresco dining



The Molonglo Hump


influx of people until new group centre comes on
board. How does Weston survive post the hu
mp?



There isn’t a lot to do other than shop. Need to create a people space i.e.
shared zone along Brierly St.



Viability is about the quality of experience, will stay longer if it more
beautiful.



Consolidate community facilities. Eastern side is dead.



Not
just built environment but programs for community, which also need
space.



Residential could help commercial viability.



Low level near pedestrian areas and higher further back.



Keep a short walk from car park to shop entry.



Distinctive experience, attractiv
eness, beautification.



People place


less car focus more people focus.

Interim
m
easures

needed





What would attract diverse demographic groups? What makes Weston
preferable to other areas?





More emphasis on mixed use and extending people’s desire to sta
y
beyond business hours





Address parking needs during construction. i.e. Temporary space while
catalyst projects are being built





Planned units not on map





All weather path from Mirinjani Hostel





Commercial frontages, more stringent designs to be m
ore attractive





Improve north south connections





Sustainable design criteria for new buildings. i.e. off grid, water
management, i.e. rain gardens integrated with parking





Bikes, need parking as well, especially in Trenerry and with future park
and r
ide



15






What is longer term view/ gateway at southern end of Brierly Street
(currently dangerous turning right)







More trolley parking spread through the area





A shopfront in the area detailing Molonglo works as they happen





Make more of Trenerry Str
eet as the village ‘heart’





Immediate improvement of current landscaping



Timing for catalysts


2nd decade construction



Priority 1st up is beautification/ public space 1st 10 years



Wider context of road network, especially cotter road congested now
before Molonglo starts



Enough schools and accessibility to them



More opportunities for mixed use/ housing on other sites



Prune dangerous low limbs of trees



Not enough short direct pedestrian links



More road legibility around the nursery



Character to be dis
tinct from Woden, especially heights


3
-
4 storeys
(Liardet)



Distinguish Trenerry from shopping centre, open frontage, open air events
etc



More thoughtful location of public art to encourage circulation (e.g. New
Acton)



Better lighting on underpass at Hind
marsh drive, Streeton road. Dangerous
and scary



Hydro Therapy pool



More feedback on the interim works as Molonglo comes on stream
(generally)



Consider flaw on impacts from redeveloped community/ health centre. i.e.
parking for churches/ childcare/ Irish cl
ub

Map comments

These were some comments and drawings left on displayed maps:



Drawings indicate that the illustrator wanted Parkinson Street to be
connected to the roundabout and traffic lights installed on the intersection
of Hindmarsh drive and Brierly S
treet. Bus route travels along Parkinson
Street.



Widen Brierly
St
at junction with Hindmarsh

Dr
, realign Parkinson

St
, then
could bring buses in at Brierly

St
, along Parkinson
St
and then out at
junction of Namatjira and Hindmarsh

Dr.



16




No more units with no

parking (along Namatjira
Dr
between MacNally and
Streeton

Dr
)
.



Pedestrianise Brierly

St.