Red Hill Integrated Plan


The Territory has prepared a draft Integrated Plan for the Red Hill Nature Reserve and surrounding areas (draft Plan). The draft Plan has been developed in response to a resolution of the Legislative Assembly of 25 October 2017, which called on the Government to:

  • not proceed with separate Territory Plan Variations for residential development for Section 66, Kent Street Deakin, the Federal Golf Course and for sites immediately adjacent to Red Hill Nature Reserve; and
  • Only proceed with a joint Territory Plan Variation for sites after completion of an integrated plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and surrounding residential areas,’
  • The resolution outlined further considerations that also needed to be addressed in that plan.

The draft Plan has been prepared in consideration of the changing needs of the context and community into the future whilst also considering the protection of values of the Red Hill Nature Reserve and surrounds.

In developing the draft Plan, the Territory has undertaken a robust planning process to consider the most appropriate use of the site and surrounding area for the future. This process (as outlined in the table below) involved consideration of a range of factors, a number of technical studies and ongoing consultation with government and community stakeholders.

Throughout the planning process a range of factors have been considered to identify the most suitable uses for the Plan area and inform draft directions and recommendations. The planning analysis included consideration of:

  • Existing and past uses of land within the Plan area and surrounding context area
  • Ecological and landscape values
  • Heritage values (including the Red Hill Plantings and listed heritage dwellings)
  • Bushfire prone areas
  • Residential amenity of local communities
  • Development trends and population growth
  • Transport, traffic and access to the Federal Golf Club and Red Hill Nature Reserve and in the surrounding area
  • Access to community services, commercial centres and public transport in the context area
  • Infrastructure and services available in the area
  • Existing planning context – strategic and statutory

A summary plan diagram and draft directions and recommendations have been prepared to provide a snapshot of the proposed draft Plan. A complete draft Integrated Plan will include the detail of the process, analysis, findings and proposed plan and related directions and recommendations. This draft Plan will be shared with community through a series of drop in sessions in October and November 2019 and uploaded to this page.

It is acknowledged that if the draft Plan was implemented in its current form, it would impact certain parties in terms of existing land use rights. The Territory continues to work with all parties to consider the implications of the draft plan.

It is proposed to present a final Plan to the Legislative Assembly in early 2020. Any required Territory Plan variations as a result of the Plan would be implemented following the endorsement of a final Plan. Territory Plan variations would follow the required statutory process.

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Planning Process

The table below provides a high-level overview of the process taken to develop the draft Plan, including the current and future steps to progress the plan.

Further detail is provided in the Red Hill Implementation Plan (PDF 86.1 KB)

October 2017 1. Motion Passed
ACT Legislative Assembly passed a motion resolving that an Integrated Plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and surrounding residential areas is required.
November 2017 – October 2018

2. Project Scoping
Initial planning for the project is conducted including defining the proposed project area.

3. Research and Analysis
Data collection, research and studies undertaken including site inspections and consideration and analysis of various factors.

Initial Meetings held with development proponents impacted by the resolution.

Government agencies engaged to collect data and assess issues, opportunities and requirements.

Stakeholder Meetings held with Community Councils, local residents’ groups and environmental organisations engaged to discuss project.

December 2018 – February 2019 4. Draft Findings
opportunities and constraints identified along with research findings. Initial options developed and considered. Further items for investigation identified.
Stakeholder Meetings held with community groups to consider draft findings.
May 2019 – August 2019

5. Additional Research
Further traffic studies and ecological assessments completed.

6. Option Finalisation
Options are developed and the preferred option identified along with proposed directions and recommendations.

7. Draft Plan
Draft plan is prepared for consideration.

Engagement with stakeholders and community groups on draft plan, including preferred option and proposed directions.
September 2019 – December 2019

8. Draft Plan Consideration

9. Draft Plan Finalisation
Draft plan finalised to provide to Legislative Assembly

Community Engagement

Information provided to broader community on the draft plan and proposed directions. Feedback sought through face to face and digital channels.

Final Red Hill Integrated Plan

Final plan prepared and introduced to the Legislative Assembly.

Date Planning ProcessEngagement
Early 2020 Final plan prepared and introduced to the Legislative Assembly. N/A

Plan Implementation

Territory Plan Variation process undertaken as required.

Territory Plan Variation statutory consultation.

Draft Plan – Summary Plan Diagram, Directions and Recommendations

A number of the draft directions and recommendations are outlined in the attached Summary Plan Diagram below and attached documents. They include:

  • Retaining open space which adjoins and links to the Red Hill Nature Reserve, preserving the ecological values of the area.
  • Implementing buffers around the Federal Golf Course and associated development.
  • Managing the Red Hill Nature Reserve in line with the Plan of Management for the Canberra Nature Park and the National Capital Plan.
  • Identification of proposed upgrading to a number of roads and intersections to cater to the current traffic volume of the roads and prepare for future growth and capacity.
  • Retaining residential zones adjoining the Nature Reserve.
  • Expanding the Deakin Office Park (rezoning Deakin Section 66) to partly include further urban open space and commercial use.
  • Providing community facilities through the development of a retirement village, to be located in the southern portion of the Federal Golf Course with access via Kitchener Street.

This image outlines the timing and sequence of planning stages and engagement with stakeholders undertaken to develop the draft Integrated Plan for the Red Hill Nature Reserve and surrounding areas. The process began in October 2017, when a resolution of the ACT Legislative Assembly resolving that an Integrated Plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and surrounding residential areas is required. It also called for a considered and integrated approach to planning in the area.  Throughout 2018, the project area was scoped and defined, and initial research was completed including site inspections and the assessment of various ecological, development, land use and traffic issues. Stakeholders were consulted throughout 2018 including government agencies, community councils, local residents’ groups and environmental organisations. Draft findings for the area were identified in early 2019, which prompted further traffic studies and additional ecological research. Draft directions and recommendations were completed in August 2019 and presented to stakeholders. The draft directions will be available for broader community information in late 2019, following which a final plan will be prepared and presented to the Legislative Assembly in early 2020.
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