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Kings and Commonwealth Avenues Draft Design Strategy

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We are seeking your feedback on the Kings and Commonwealth Avenues Draft Design Strategy.

Kings and Commonwealth avenues are two of Canberra’s most important boulevards but the current nature of the avenues does not reflect this. The eroding landscape and ageing assets are in need of renewal.

To address these issues, the design strategy outlines the long-term vision and key principles to redefine the avenues and re-establish them as memorable and functional public spaces.

An avenue template has been developed to guide their development and evolution into the future.

Key proposals in the design strategy

  • renewing the streetscape character of the avenues to highlight them as destinations and unifying the symbolic points of the National Triangle
  • enforcing high-quality design and a consistent palette of materials including lighting, signage and street furniture
  • revitalising the avenues with unified street trees, shrubs and ground cover that ensure the character and sustainability of the landscape 
  • widening and enhancing pedestrian and cycle connections along the full length of the avenues
  • reconfiguring the roadways to better integrate existing and future public transport systems, while giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists. 

What can I provide feedback on?

We want to hear what you think about:

  • the proposed improvements to the pedestrian and cyclist movement along the avenues - will they help improve your access across the lake?
  • the road design and reducing the traffic speed over time – do you think this will make the avenues more attractive as public spaces for people to use?
  • the strategies to re-establish a consistent and formal streetscape including trees, plantings, paving and furniture – what do you think about these strategies?

How do I provide feedback?

You can read the design strategy on our website and then provide feedback in a number of ways:

  • Fill out the survey
  • Comment on Facebook
  • Send an email to plan.review@natcap.gov.au
  • To arrange a meeting with one of the National Capital Authority's Planners email plan.review@natcap.gov.au
  • Write a letter to National Capital Authority - Plan Team
  • Visit our drop in session at the National Capital Authority on 12:00pm - 2:00pm Thursday 8 June 2017

More information

  • Kings and Commonwealth Avenues Design Strategy
  • Kings and Commonwealth Avenues Media Release
  • Renewal of Kings and Commonwealth Avenues – Background Issues
  • Kings and Commonwealth Avenues Renewal Consultation Report 2013

What happens next?

Community consultation will be open for six weeks and ends at midnight on 3 July 2017. Feedback will be collated and reviewed at the end of the consultation period. A summary of this will be made publicly available. The design strategy will be updated and then go to the National Capital Authority’s board for approval. The Kings and Commonwealth Design Strategy will be used to guide future development of the avenues.  

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