7. How much commercial and retail development is proposed and will they compete with Watson, Downer, Lyneham and Dickson businesses?
Assuming around 2,000 dwellings at Kamberra, it is estimated there will be a total population of about 4,000 people living on the site when the project is fully developed over an estimated delivery period of 10-15 years.
As such the site is well located for village shopping suited to the immediate needs of the residents on site and the local community. A commercial gross building area at project completion of around 50,000 square metres could include a small supermarket, delicatessen, doctor’s surgery, child care, active playground, adult day care, pharmacy, medical suites, a small café and bar. There may also be opportunities to have convenience shopping and community uses for potential light rail commuters and a hotel given its location at the entry to Canberra. Current traders in neighbouring suburbs may want to expand or diversify their offering to the Kamberra on Federal site and market forces will inform this.