Red Hill Integrated Plan


The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) have prepared a Draft Integrated Plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and Surrounds (PDF 3.6MB) (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.

Have your say

We will be speaking with community at a series of drop-ins in the suburbs of Garran, Deakin and at the Red Hill Nature Reserve. We want to share the draft plan and invite community members to join us for a chat and a cuppa at one of the available locations.

Saturday 23 November 2019
10am to 12 noon
Coffee N Beans Café, 50 Red Hill Drive, Red Hill ACT 2603

Tuesday 26 November 2019
10am to 12 noon
Double Shot Café, Shop 7, Hopetoun Circuit, Deakin ACT 2600

Thursday 28 November 2019
10am to 12 noon
Little Garran Café, 2/28 Garran Place, Garran ACT 2605

Alternatively, any feedback on the draft plan can be emailed to by 31 December 2019. We heard community members would appreciate extra time to consider the draft plan and provide written feedback so we have extended the period to provide comments.

Draft Plan – diagram, directions and recommendations

The draft plan considers four possible options for the context area and identifies a preferred option which includes the following recommendations (refer to the map for further detail):

  • 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.
  • Increasing housing choice particularly for the ageing population 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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