The 200 hectare City Centre will accommodate more than 5,000 dwellings, 100,000m2 of retail and 50,000m2 of commercial floor space and will be the thriving epicentre of the community, a place where all activities, pursuits and uses come together. Whether it be going to the office, shopping your heart out, fine dining, going to the gym, staying overnight in a funky hotel or coming home, the City Centre will be where it all happens.

The City Centre is bounded by:

  • Bells Creek North, to the north;
  • the Bells Creek Arterial and the Environmental Protection Zone to the east;
  • the future CAMCOS rail corridor, Transit Station, Central Park and Bells Creek South to the south; and
  • a large residential community and education precinct to the west.

The City Centre comprises 5 key zones:

  1. City Core;
  2. City Centre Frame East; 
  3. City Centre Frame West;
  4. Residential Neighbourhoods; and 
  5. Environmental and Open Space.

CITY CORE

The City Core will be developed as the retail and commercial hub of Aura. The top of the Aura centre hierarchy, the City Core will accommodate a major regional shopping centre and provide the highest order retail and commercial uses, as well as residential and community uses. Development is to provide for a wide range of employment and business opportunities. The northern end of the City Core is anchored by the People’s Place, which provides a mixture of leisure, recreational, cultural and commercial opportunities. The People’s Place will be complemented by higher density residential uses, with ground level commercial and retail uses developed along its southern edge to ensure an active street is developed. Land for local and regional cultural, community and civic uses are encouraged to be located within the City Core to reinforce its role as a major community node.

Active streets are to be developed to create interest and pedestrian movement within the City Core. An east-west street along the southern edge of the People’s Place will provide a range of outdoor dining, commercial, community and shop front retail uses at ground and upper levels. A north-south street, Main Street will connect from a plaza at the People’s Place to the Transit Centre and Central Park to the south. Development is to be designed to ensure that buildings address these streets and are to be a minimum of 3 storeys at key nodes to reinforce the urban nature of the City Centre. Active street edges are to contain shop fronts to activate streets and secondary active edges, which require buildings to address the street. A mix of higher density residential, retail and commercial, community and civic uses are to be provided adjoining and immediately north of the Transit Centre at the southern end of the Core.

CITY CENTRE FRAME EAST 

The City Centre Frame East zone is to be predominately developed for a range of commercial, large format retail and community uses. A commercial and office precinct is intended to be established adjoining the People’s Place and is to be developed with a high quality built form that addresses the Bells Creek Arterial and responds appropriately to its gateway location. There is potential for a private university and tertiary learning facilities to be accommodated in this zone and integrated with the People’s Place. A health precinct is also to be developed within this zone, adjoining the Transit Centre in conjunction with medium and higher density residential uses to take advantage of its location adjoining Central Park and public transport.

CITY CENTRE FRAME WEST 

The City Centre Frame West zone is to be predominately developed for low rise detached, semi-attached and attached homes. A private primary and secondary school is proposed to be developed within 400m of the Transit Centre and will be designed to be urban in form to maximise its location in proximity of the Transit Centre and City Centre Core.

RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBOURHOODS

Two residential villages are to be developed to the north of the City Centre Core and Frame zones. The residential villages north of the City centre zone will provide a range of low and medium density residential dwellings. Higher density residential development in the form of semi-detached and attached low rise dwellings and some multi-unit dwellings are to maximise the opportunity of the northern section of the People’s Place that connects the City Centre Core to the Bells Creek North riparian corridor. The western residential neighbourhood will focus on providing a range of low-density residential dwellings with higher density residential development focused toward Bells Creek North to capitalise on the adjoining natural amenity.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND OPEN SPACES

A vegetated corridor of up to 400 metres wide will be rehabilitated and established along Bells Creek North and Bells Creek South to provide a buffer to urban development, expand riparian vegetation and provide for ecological connections throughout the City. The creek corridors will also accommodate fauna refuges, stormwater management devices, pedestrian and cycling paths and passive open space for community use on their outer edges. In addition to the rehabilitated creek corridors to the north and south of the City Centre, the Centre will be the home of, the City Square, Central Park and the People’s Place, which will be developed with the highest level of embellishments to support major sporting and cultural events and act as regional lifestyle, entertainment and cultural hubs, providing opportunities for integration of a range of community, leisure and entertainment uses.