The ACT Government (Suburban Land Agency “SLA”) announced Canberra developer, the Doma Group, as the successful tenderer to develop the Canberra Brickworks Precinct in September 2019. The precinct covers an area of about 16 hectares and will include the conservation and adaptive reuse of the historic Canberra brickworks and construction of a maximum of 380 dwellings.
Doma has submitted a concept plan for ACT government agencies to review. It has also completed a revised Conservation Management Plan to be approved by ACT Heritage. The Community Panel, which was established by the ACT Government in late 2015 and includes representatives from the YRA, has continued to have monthly meetings to discuss some of the more detailed elements of the design with Doma and the SLA.
Doma originally planned to present a draft Estate Development Plan (“EDP”) to the community in mid-2020. This draft EDP will be prepared following feedback from government agencies on the concept plan. The draft EDP will provide a basis for further discussion and input, but it is important to note that once the EDP itself is approved by the ACT government there will be very limited scope for community input or amendments to the plans.
For more information see https://suburbanland.act.gov.au/canberrabrickworks/ and DOMA’s community consultation website: http://brickworkscommunity.com.au/
Meanwhile, all approvals concerning the Dudley Street upgrade and the new Brickworks Access Road have been finalised and a contractor has been appointed, so construction of the new Brickworks Access Road is expected to commence in 2020. The new Brickworks Access Road will be the main access point for construction, although there is no denying the prospect of some construction vehicles on Bentham Street and Denman Street due to dwellings that will front these two streets.
The ACT Government has also started surveying for proposed changes to the Kent Street Bridge. The YRA has pushed for improvements to be made at the intersection of Dudley Street and Novar Street prior to any upgrade to Dudley Street and it now seems likely that the changes to the Kent Street Bridge and the Dudley Street upgrade project will take place around the same time.
About 180 people attended a Brickworks Community Forum at the Yarralumla Primary School hall on 29 October 2019 to hear a presentation by the Doma Group, heritage consultants and architects for the Brickworks Precinct Development.
A consultant from the construction company BLOC spoke about the road design and the EDP. The EDP will cover precinct layout, road design, community accessible facilities, footpaths and cycle paths, treatment of all trees on site, sewerage infrastructure, stormwater, electricity, water and gas connections, waste strategies, bushfire risk assessment, landscaping master plan. The timetable outlined at the forum was for the draft EDP to be presented to the community on 19 May 2020 with the final EDP ready for submission in about October 2020. The Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) process will run in parallel. The overall process has been delayed and we will advise our members once the draft EDP is ready for review.
Doma has indicated an intent to complete construction for the entire project within 5 years from signing of the contract.
The Brickworks Precinct Development Proposal by DOMA is required to go through the usual statutory approval processes, which include community consultation, before the final EDP can be submitted. This process was originally anticipated to take some 18 months. As interim steps, a concept and draft EDP are to be developed for approval by the SLA.
The SLA have advised such approval is contingent on DOMA’s commitment to community engagement and that any changes from the proposal submitted in the tender process demonstrate improvements assessed the tender criteria (which also includes the list of parameters formulated by the YRA and others).
The Community Panel prepared a set of objectives, parameters and perspectives that was included as criteria for the tender process. The parameters include a list formulated with input from YRA members in 2015 – see Precinct Objectives (March 2016) and Community Parameters and Perspectives (March 2016)
The heritage components of the development, including the Quarry Park and the Railway Remnants Park, must be completed within 5 years from signing of the contract and penalties apply for delays.
There is an interim deadline stipulated in the contract for the EDP and the contract can be terminated if the deadline is not met.
Environmental approvals processes will run concurrently with the other statutory processes.
Remediation work for contaminated areas will need to be approved prior to the EDP being approved.