The Suburban Land Agency has starting seeking expressions of interest to to showcase a sustainable and truly integrated mixed-use precinct on prime sites along Emu Bank, namely the former Belconnen Water Police Station and the Circus site opposite Westfield Belconnen. These are some of the last land parcels available for development in a prestigious lakeshore position.
The Agency’s vision is to revitalise Belconnen’s town centre and reconnect it Lake Ginninderra with a sustainable, active and people-friendly urban environment.
The land release known as Belconnen Lakeshore precinct is guided by a Place Design Brief, developed in extensive consultation with the local community where the community’s aspirations for a new precinct focus on key areas for improvement: walkable, safe connections and a greener, innovative designed urban environment.
The Circus site (Site 1) is close to buses and the Belconnen bikeway, while the Former Water Police Site fronts directly onto the lake as a new lakeshore destination and part of the Emu Inlet park. The Circus Precinct comprises three sites totaling 1.8ha in land area.
The former Water Police Station site (Site 2) is considered a rarity given its lakeshore significance to this precinct. Residents and visitors can enjoy walks and runs around the lake, and can easily access multiple green spaces. A new waterfront destination will activate this part of the waterfront and link it to the town centre along Emu Bank.
The land release site of the former Water Police Site is zoned CZ6 LEISURE AND ACCOMMODATION. This zoning provides opportunities for recreation, tourism and leisure. The main uses within these areas are cultural, entertainment and tourist facilities providing recreation opportunities for both visitors and residents of the ACT and surrounding region. This site has some specific objectives and restrictions, including:
- 2 story height limit
- Area excludes trees, jetty and boat ramp
- Needs to maintain continuous public access around the lake edge
- Active frontage to street level
- Needs to protect amenity of nearby residents from noise, traffic, parking and privacy loss.
Site 2 could potentially attract a 750sqm restaurant / café venue and be complemented by a 150sqm commercial water activity kiosk. The successful commercial development on this site would rely on attracting a proven commercial operator or business start-up to support water-based recreational activities according to the Place Design Brief. The Existing jetty needs to be retained, upgraded and incorporated into future redevelopment of site
The Suburban Land Agency hopes to announce the Preferred tenderer by July 2022.