Draft variations to the Territory Plan

Public submissions are being considered

DV346 Residential Solar Access Provisions

Draft Variation 346 (DV346) proposes to simplify the solar access rules that control the extent to which shadows cast by development on one block impact a neighbouring block.

The proposed changes will better meet community and industry needs while ensuring adequate solar access for residential development, protecting the solar access of neighbouring blocks and encouraging the design of houses with good solar amenity.

The changes would apply to dwellings constructed on mid-size and compact blocks approved on or after 5 July 2013 and to all large blocks.

In order to protect the interface between new and existing homes in Coombs and Wright, the existing Coombs and Wright Precinct Maps and Codes will not be affected, but any new estates or sub-divisions in these suburbs would need to comply with the new provisions. 

The draft variation was developed in consultation with industry and community representatives. 

Draft Variation 346 External link

DV346 Fact Sheet (547.4 KB)

Solar Access Review for Residential Developments (525.0 KB)

Printed Copies of the draft variation and associated 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 were invited until COB 7 April 2016.

During the public consultation period 103 submissions were received.

Public Submissions 1 - 26 (4.8 MB)

Public Submissions 27 - 52 (12.9 MB)

Public Submissions 53 - 78 (3.3 MB)

Public Submissions 79 - 103 (12.3 MB)

Effect of the Draft Variation

DV346 does not have interim effect.  

Omnibus Draft Territory Plan Variation (second group)

The ACT Government has prepared a second ‘Omnibus’ Draft Territory Plan Variation that proposes changing zoning and development opportunities for 3 public housing sites in Narrabundah, Griffith and Red Hill. These planning changes will pave the way for appropriate redevelopment on each of the 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 Omnibus variation is finalised and subsequent development applications approved.

There has been consultation during the preparation of the draft variations. Pre-consultation report (2.0 MB)

Written comments were invited until COB Monday 17 August 2015. DV334 Red Hill Housing Precinct written comments were invited until COB Monday 31 August 2015.

V332 Narrabundah

V332 has been approved by the Minister for Planning and Land Management and commenced. Please see Approved Variations.

V333 Griffith

V333 has been approved by the Minister for Planning and Land Management and commenced. Please see Approved Variations.

V334 Red Hill

V334 has been approved by the Minister for Planning and Land Management and commenced. Please see Approved Variations.

DV339 Kaleen 

DV330 Kaleen was withdrawn. DV339 Kaleen applies to the same site.

Kaleen section 117, block 23 proposes to:

  • 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.

Draft Variation 339 External link

Public comments - 339 (2.9 MB)

Public comments - 330 (1.8 MB)

Background documents:

Flood report ()

Flood report - attachment 1 ()

Flood report - attachment 2 ()

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.

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