Draft variations to the Territory Plan

Comments are invited on these variations

DV351 West Belconnen Urban Development

Draft Variation 351 to the Territory Plan (DV351) proposes to rezone area immediately west of the suburbs of Holt and Macgregor for future urban development. The main changes to the area include:

  • rezoning part of the site to a range or urban zones;
  • introducing a nature reserve overlay to the river corridor zone;
  • rezoning the 'Transgrid Canberra Substation' to a Transport and Servces Zone;
  • rezoning the 'Strathnairn Arts Precinct' and 'Belconnen Far Heritage Precinct' to Community Facility Zone;
  • apply a future urban area (FUA) overlay to part of the site; and
  • introduce a site-specific structure plan and concept plan into the Territory plan.

Draft Variation 351 External link

Note: The notifiable instrument is on the first page of the document and the draft variation follows.   

Written comments are invited until COB Monday 6 July 2015

To support DV351, the National Capital Authority (NCA) has prepared National Capital Plan (NCP) Draft Amendment 85 (DA85) to the National Capital Plan - NCP DA85 External link

A public information session on DA85 to the NCP and DV351 to the Territory Plan was held on Thursday 4 June 2015 at Kippax Fair Shopping Centre, Holt ACT 2615.

A single point for submitting comments has been established and submission will be considered by both the National Capital Authority and the ACT Environment and Planning Directorate. Comments should include a reference to DV351 and/or DA85, your name and contact details.

Comments can be:

  • emailed to terrplan@act.gov.au
  • mailed to Territory Plan Comments, GPO Box 158, Canberra, ACT 2601
  • delivered to EPD Customer Service Centre, 16 Challis Street, Dickson

Background Documents for DV351 

DV347 University of Canberra

Draft Variation 347 to the Territory Plan proposes to:

  • Broaden the Territory Plan uses allowed on the University site by permitting a number of uses associated with the operation of a contemporary university as merit track assessable development;
  • Provisions for, and create greater, certainty in relation to building heights;
  • Incorporate additional design provisions and general requirements;
  • Limit the scale of non-student residential development to 3,300 dwellings;
  • Limit the gross floor area of SHOP to 200m2 and supermarket to 1000m2;
  • Allow for an increase in the scale of third-party commercial office (e.g. non-university related commercial office development) spaces. Currently in the Community Facility Zone an office must be used for a 'not for profit' organisation and is limited to 400m2. The draft variation removes the requirement for a not for profit organisation but amends office, public agency and business agency use limit to 2000m2. The draft variation introduces a criterion which allows an office to be larger than 2000m2 where it can be demonstrated that the development is not of a scale which will compete unduly with the Belconnen Town Centre;
  • Allow for a more qualitative approach to assessing multi unit housing.

Draft Variation 347 External link

Note: The notifiable instrument is on the first page of the document and the draft variation follows.   

Written comments are invited until COB Monday 29 June 2015

Background Documents for DV347

Appendix 1 - University of Canberra Master Plan External link

Appendix 2 - University of Canberra Urban Plan (9.3 MB)

Appendix 3 - University of Canberra Development Impact Study (6.1 MB)

Public submissions are being considered

DV343 Residential blocks surrendered under the loose fill asbestos insulation eradication scheme

Draft Variation 343 to the Territory Plan proposes to:

  • Reduce the block size for dual occupancy development on the surrendered blocks from 800m2 to 700m2
  • Permit subdivision for unit titling of dual occupancy development on the affected blocks
  • Alter the plot ratio to accommodate the reduction in block size, consistent with plot ratio provisions currently applying to dual occupancy development in the RZ2 suburban core zone
  • Limit the building height to single storey for any dual occupancy dwelling to which a 35% plot ratio will apply
  • Introduce a design criterion for dual occupancy development on the affected blocks to maintain and support the amenity of existing residential RZ1 suburban zoned areas.

Draft Variation 343 External link

Note: The notifiable instrument is on the first page of the document and the draft variation follows.   

Public comments:

submissions 1 - 25 (15.4 MB)

submissions 26 - 50 (9.8 MB)

submissions 51 - 75 (2.8 MB)

submissions 76 - 100 (9.1 MB)

submissions 101 - 124 (3.9 MB)

Please note the closing date for written comments was COB Monday 25 May 2015

For more information on the 'Mr Fluffy' loose fill asbestos insulation eradication scheme visit: www.act.gov.au/asbestostaskforce

DV329 Weston Group Centre

DV329 Weston Group Centre (DV329) incorporates the recommendations of the recently endorsed Weston Group Centre master plan. DV329 proposes amendments to the Weston Precinct Map and Code to provide direction on future development opportunities for the centre, manage built form and ensure that the existing desirable character traits are retained as the centre develops over time.

DV329 has interim effect.

Draft Variation 328 and 329External link

Weston Group Centre master plan

Printed Copies of the draft variation, submissions received and background documents are available for inspection and purchase at the Environment and Planning Directorate Customer Service Centre (16 Challis Street, Dickson), Monday to Friday (except public holidays) between 8:30am and 4:30pm. Please call 6207 1923 to arrange a copy for purchase.

Written comments from the public were invited until COB 16 March 2015

9 submissions were received during the consultation period.

Public submissions 1-9 (3.1 MB)

A public drop in session was held on the ground floor area in Cooleman Court, Weston on Saturday 21 February 2015, between 10am and 1pm. Members of the public were invited to come along to discuss the draft variation with staff from the Environment and Planning Directorate.

Effect of the draft variation

Section 65 of the Act applies to the draft variation. This means that, in addition to the Territory Plan, the provisions of Draft Variation 321 apply to development applications lodged on or after 30 January 2015. The draft variation is part of the Territory Plan for a period of up to one year unless the draft variation is commenced, is withdrawn or rejected by the Legislative Assembly. During this period, the ACT Government must not do or approve anything that would be inconsistent with the Territory Plan.

DV328 Oaks Estate

DV328 Oaks Estate (DV328) incorporates the recommendations of the recently endorsed Oaks Estate master plan. DV328 proposes amendments to the Oaks Estate precinct map and code to provide new opportunities for growth and change in the suburb while maintaining the history and character of Oaks Estate.

DV328 has interim effect.

Draft Variation 328 and 329External link

Oaks Estate Master Plan

Printed Copies of the draft variation, submissions received and background documents are available for inspection and purchase at the Environment and Planning Directorate Customer Service Centre (16 Challis Street, Dickson), Monday to Friday (except public holidays) between 8:30am and 4:30pm. Please call 6207 1923 to arrange a copy for purchase.

Written comments from the public were invited until COB 16 March 2015

32 public submissions received during the consultation period

Public Submissions 1-11 (2.0 MB)

Public Submissions 12-22 (3.5 MB)

Public Submissions 23-32 (3.2 MB)

A public drop in session was held at the William Street community hall in Oaks Estate on Saturday 28 February 2015, between 10am and 1pm. Members of the public were invited to come along to discuss the draft variation with staff from the Environment and Planning Directorate.

Effect of the draft variation

Section 65 of the Act applies to the draft variation. This means that, in addition to the Territory Plan, the provisions of Draft Variation 321 apply to development applications lodged on or after 30 January 2015. The draft variation is part of the Territory Plan for a period of up to one year unless the draft variation is commenced, is withdrawn or rejected by the Legislative Assembly. During this period, the ACT Government must not do or approve anything that would be inconsistent with the Territory Plan.

Omnibus Draft Territory Plan Variation

The ACT Government has prepared an ‘Omnibus’ Draft Territory Plan Variation that proposes changing zoning and development opportunities for 7 sites across Canberra. These planning changes will pave the way for appropriate redevelopment on each of the 7 sites in the future.

The omnibus draft variation supports the Government’s land release program and the revitalisation of the public housing portfolio consistent with the Public Housing Asset Management Strategy 2012–2017. It also builds on the ACT Planning Strategy, which aims to create a more compact and efficient city that offers employment opportunities, which is an important part of the ACT Government’s initiatives to stimulate the ACT economy.

The omnibus variation allows the community to gain an appreciation of the overall issues that underpin the changes to the Territory Plan. However, each individual site is contained in a stand- alone draft variation.

The draft variation will go through the usual Territory Plan amendment process, with the Legislative Assembly making the ultimate decision on each site. No development will occur on a site until the onmibus variation is finalised and subsequent development applications approved.

A map showing the location of each site is available here (1.8 MB)

There has been consultation during the preparation of the draft variations. The results of that consultation are available here: Community engagement outcomes report (826.5 KB)

Written comments were invited until COB Friday 19 December 2014.

DV322 Downer

Note: This variation has been approved. Refer to approved Territory Plan variations 

Proposed changes:

Rezone block 17 section 61 Downer from the CFZ community facility zone to the RZ5 high density residential zone.

Rezone block 16 section 61 Downer from the CZ4 local centre zone to the CFZ community facility zone.

Amend the Downer precinct map and code to guide future development on the land.

The variation commenced on 22 May 2015. The commencement notice is on the ACT Legislation Register at: Commencement Notice CN2015-7 External link

DV330 Kaleen

Kaleen section 117, block 23

Rezone the land from the CFZ community facility zone to the RZ5 high density residential zone.

Amend the Kaleen precinct map and code to guide future development on the land.

The draft variation can be accessed at: Public Consultation Notice External link

Background documents:

Flood report (109.9 KB)

Flood report - attachment 1 (1.2 MB)

Flood report - attachment 2 (89.2 KB)

Public comments (1.8 MB)

DV331 Lyons

Lyons section 53, blocks 1, 4, 5 and 8 

Rezone the land from the RZ4 medium density zone and the PRZ1 urban open space zone to the RZ5 high density residential zone.

Amend the Lyons precinct map and code to guide future development on the land.

The draft variation can be accessed at: Public Consultation Notice External link

Background documents:

Site investigation report (19.3 MB)

Public comments (2.6 MB)

DV335 Charnwood

Charnwood section 97 block 6

Rezone the land from the TSZ2 services zones to the CFZ community facility zone.

The draft variation can be accessed at: Public Consultation Notice External link

Background documents:

Site investigation report (14.5 MB)

No public comments were received for DV335.

DV336 Symonston 

Note: This variation has been approved. Refer to approved Territory Plan variations 

Symonston section 1 block 8 and section 115 block 1

Rezones the land from the IZ1 general industrial zone to the IZ2 industrial mixed use zone and the PRZ1 urban open space zone. Consequential amendments to the Symonston precinct map and code.

DV337 Greenway

Note: This variation has been referred to the Minister of Planning for determination. Refer to recommended Territory Plan variations  

Greenway section 28 block 2

Proposed changes:

Rezone the land from the CZ6 leisure and accommodation zone to the RZ4 medium density residential zone.

Amend the Greenway precinct map and code to guide future development on the land.

The draft variation can be accessed at: Public Consultation Notice External link

Public comments (126.8 KB)

DV338 Mitchell

Note: This variation has been approved. Refer to approved Territory Plan variations 

Mitchell section 54 block 3

Amends the Territory Plan definition of ‘civic administration’ to include ‘archives’ in the common terminology consistent with the National Capital Plan.

Amends the Mitchell precinct map and code to include ‘civic administration’ as additional merit track development on the subject site.

DV320 Erindale Group Centre and surrounding community and recreation lands

DV320 proposes to amend the requirements for development in the Erindale Group Centre, and parts of the surrounding community facility and recreation lands, in the Wanniassa precinct map and code.

The changes are drawn from the recommendations of the Erindale Group Centre master plan and will guide future development through rezoning of a number of areas within the centre, increasing maximum permitted building heights on selected sites, and amending road layouts and pedestrian routes.

The proposed changes are intended to promote Erindale centre as a thriving business and community hub, with employment opportunities, facilities and services for the surrounding population catchment while improving vehicle and pedestrian access through the centre.

DV320 has interim effect.

Draft Variation DV320 External link

Note: The notifiable instrument is on the first page of the document and the draft variation follows.

Erindale Master Plan 

Printed Copies of the draft variation, submissions recieved and background documents are available for inspection and purchase at the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate Customer Service Centre (16 Challis Street, Dickson), Monday to Friday (except public holidays) between 8:30am and 4:30pm. Please call 6207 1923 to arrange a copy for purchase.

During the public consultation period 12 submissions were recieved - Submissions 1-12(4.0 MB)

Effect of the draft variation

Section 65 of the Act applies to the draft variation. This means that, in addition to the Territory Plan, the provisions of Draft Variation 320 apply to development applications lodged on or after 2 May 2014. The draft variation is part of the Territory Plan for a period of up to one year unless the draft variation is commenced, is withdrawn or rejected by the Legislative Assembly. During this period, the ACT Government must not do or approve anything that would be inconsistent with the Territory Plan.

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