Residents of Forum Apartments call for consultation to be extended for Geocon’s 70 Allara Street development in Canberra CBD | Canberra time

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A group of Canberra CBD residents have asked for more detailed plans and additional time to share their feedback on a proposed Geocon development on Allara Street, which would include around 350 new apartments when completed. A community consultation process is underway for the 70 Allara Street project before work approval is filed with the National Capital Authority. However, residents and owners of neighboring Forum apartments have requested that the consultation period be extended to ensure they have enough time to view the designs and provide informed feedback. MORE PROPERTY NEWS: Purdon Planning, which is leading the consultation on behalf of Geocon, has scheduled two community consultations, one for December 15, 2021 and another for January 20, 2022. Canberra consultant Tania Parkes has been engaged by the Forum Owners Corporation to respond to the proposal. She said the owners of the 117-apartment complex had not been given enough material to provide information on possible factors such as traffic, the eclipse, views or privacy. “This is all happening over the Christmas/New Year period which isn’t very helpful for consultation and especially because they haven’t been given any traffic studies or view corridors or the eclipse or none of that information,” she said. “At the first consultation we asked for the studies and we asked for enough time for the consultation and they have not replied to us since [Friday] morning.” Ms Parkes said residents knew the site was likely to be developed, but they expected a more thorough consultation process when it happened. “They always knew there would be some sort of development on this site, but it is much larger than they anticipated and has the potential to eclipse their building and apartments on two of the four sides of the development,” she said. Ms Parkes said residents were also concerned about the ‘extremely high volume’ of traffic that would be using the new driveway, which is close to the Forum entrance. “..but we haven’t seen any traffic studies,” she said. Nick Georgalis, founder and managing director of Geocon, said the development will bring “much needed housing stock to the city of Canberra”. “As is the case with any development, issues such as tailing and traffic will constitute our DA submission for approval by the relevant authorities, in the case of the NCA,” he said. Ms Parkes said Washington residents “just have to be able to provide informed comment”. “There’s always room for negotiation and improvement, but if there’s no real conversation, I don’t know how that can happen,” she said. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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