Community consultation: What have we been up to?

We ran a number of community engagement activities between March and June 2020, directly contacting over 3,500 members of the community through a variety of channels including information sessions, local stakeholder group presentations, share your ideas questions on the Lawson North website, a site walk and ongoing consultation with government authorities.

During this engagement, concept designs for two stages of proposed development areas were shared with local stakeholders and community groups, along with details of the proposed development time frames.


Superceded concept plan shown during 2020 Community engagement 


The feedback we received from the community has been synthesised into the four main themes outlined below. These are: Access and Egress, Environment and Wildlife, Community and General Comments.

What you told us...

We heard concerns around additional vehicular demand on Baldwin Drive associated with the proposed development.

A formal Traffic Impact and Parking Assessment (TIPA) report will be prepared to accompany the planning approval submission of the development.

The assessment will review the impact of the revised master plan on Baldwin Drive and will take into consideration additional projected traffic from Lawson North.

People identified concerns regarding intersection upgrades required to connect Lawson North to Stockman Ave (at the Wanderlight Ave intersection) due to current congestion at the existing intersection.

The Lawson North project team is undertaking investigations into how the intersection can be improved to help relieve current congestion.

People are eager to see the completion of Stockman Ave, connecting to Ginninderra Drive (at Aikman Drive intersection), associated with Stage 2 of Lawson South.

While this request is outside this project’s remit and subject to ACT Government Lawson South Stage 2 planning, the project team has documented this request for future reference.

We heard people are frustrated with residents and visitors parking illegally on the streets in the neighbouring area.

The revised master plan should avoid issues such as parking reported through the engagement process.

The inclusion of ample parking for public access will be incorporated into the design. Streets are being designed to allow on-street parking to cater for overflow, not restricted to indent parking bays.

The community shared their appreciation of the strong pathway networks throughout Kaleen and Giralang.

The revised master plan proposes connection to cycle and pedestrian networks within adjoining sites.

There are concerns for people safety when crossing Baldwin Drive between South Lawson and Kaleen.

Active travel planning will consider all possible pedestrian connections to and from the site and liaise with the ACT government to promote safe connections and crossing points are provided.

There were varying levels of understanding associated with the site’s ecological and heritage status.

The site is currently inaccessible to the general public. DHA will seek opportunities to open the site and provide access to improve awareness of the significant ecological and cultural values.

Key stakeholder groups expressed concern regarding the presence of threatened species.

The ecological studies conducted at the site have identified degraded areas including previously developed areas and lower quality grasslands.

The proposed expansion of developable space is positioned outside of the core habitat areas for threatened flora and fauna species found within Lawson North.

The community are supportive of Lawson North being a cat containment area.

Lawson North will be a cat containment area to help protect identified wildlife on site. This is mandated in the Development Control Plan.

Appropriate replacement species for the Pines nearing the end of their life was discussed and we heard suggestions to consider species to mitigate fire risk.

Appropriate replacement species are being considered. A Bushfire report will inform part of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation submission.


People shared ideas for appropriate measures to be incorporated that combat the spread of ecological contaminants such as African Lovegrass and other weed species into the grasslands directly west of the proposed development.  

Measures to mitigate the spread of ecological contaminants such as the specification of non-invasive species are being considered in the design development.

A number of suggestions were received for possible future uses of historical buildings including; a communications museum; hotel and café with meal service; community hall for yoga, or a scouts and cadet’s hall. People would like to see open space around the heritage buildings.

DHA is continuing to explore opportunities for private and/or community uses of the conservation land and heritage buildings. This may include restoring and repurposing the important historical buildings on site for future community use.

People are interested as to who will be responsible for the ongoing management and maintenance of the remaining portion of the site to the west, particularly the grasslands, after the residential development is complete.


At this stage the future of the remaining portion of the site is currently under investigation.

Some expressed interest and concern regarding impact of proposed development on current kangaroo populations.


All matters relating to wildlife will be considered by the relevant authorities in accordance with environmental and planning legislation.

The kangaroos play an important part in the local grassland ecosystem and DHA is required to prepare a management plan and will liaise with the Parks and Conservation staff to identify options for their management both during construction and long-term.

Community is eager to forge a strong partnership with ACT Government to upgrade surrounding facilities (schools, shops, sporting facilities) and infrastructure (roads, active travel links) to coincide with the Lawson North development.

While this request is outside this project’s remit and subject to ACT Government planning processes, the project team has documented this request for future reference.

Some people identified that there may be a desire for children to have a flat open space area for ball sports.

The location of sports ovals is considered at a regional level to ensure maximum efficiency and provision of facilities such as amenities blocks and floodlighting.

The revised master plan incorporates open recreational spaces that support play and an opportunity for a future park . Flat open space areas will be considered in detail design.

We heard interest regarding how transient Defence families will integrate with local community and build a sense of community cohesion.

DHA support services and community organisations will help families integrate with the local and wider surrounding communities. 

There is a desire for community facilities to support activities such as; childcare, yoga, basketball , community garden, playground, markets, ovals, cafes, convenience store, BBQ area and a restaurant.

Community uses which are allowed under the terms of the lease are being explored.

We received questions about the sizes of blocks and the height of the proposed built form.

The revised master plan includes a mix of single residential and multi-unit sites. Multi-unit sites will be dedicated to Defence personnel and their families with the remaining land lots available for community purchase.

Residential building heights are proposed to be a mix of single and double story.

We heard support for water sensitive urban design (WSUD) to help mitigate effects of drought.

Design at the subdivision level is being considered at this stage in terms of sustainability, efficiency and ecological impacts.

WSUD treatments are being considered for Lawson North which includes Rainwater tanks (for blocks exceeding 300m2 including multi-unit blocks); gross pollutant traps (GPT); Wetlands; Streets adjacent open space having permeable kerb; and Basins.

We learnt that people are keen to see sustainable homes incorporating solar passive design.

Housing designs and potential for sustainability initiatives will be implemented in accordance with current standards by DHA and future landowners.

The proposed road and section pattern address the need to maximise solar orientation to future housing.

We heard that people expect appropriate management of dust, construction traffic entry, parking and noise during the construction period.

A construction management plan will help determine the best entry and exit point for construction vehicles during construction.

Dust and noise will be controlled by scheduled construction timeframes and regulations to reduce the impact on surrounding residents.

People requested access to ecological and heritage studies prior to submission.

Ecological and heritage studies will be publicly accessible once the environmental and planning applications are lodged with the relevant authorities.

Revised master plan 2021

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