Draft variations to the Territory Plan

Comments are invited on the following draft variations

Comments are invited on the following draft variations

DV373 Removal of mandatory gas provision from the Estate Development Code

Draft Variation 373 proposes to remove the mandatory requirement for gas connection to blocks in new suburbs from the Estate Development Code in the Territory Plan. The provision of gas will be optional rather than mandated.

The ACT Climate Change Strategy 2019-2025 outlines the next stage of the ACT Government’s climate change response and identifies actions to meet its emissions reduction target of net zero emissions by 2045 and prepare for climate change. This strategy places a strong focus on reducing emissions from transport and gas - the two largest sources of emissions from 2020 once emissions from electricity are zero.

One of the key priorities of the strategy is in the area of energy, buildings and urban development - to encourage a shift from gas to electricity by removing the mandated requirement for gas infrastructure in new suburbs, supporting gas to electric appliance upgrades and transitioning to all-electric new builds.

Draft Variation 373

Background document

ACT Climate Change Strategy 2019-2025

Written comments about the draft variation are invited until COB Friday 6 March 2020 and can be submitted by:

  • email to terrplan@act.gov.au;
  • mail to Territory Plan Section, EPSDD, GPO Box 158, Canberra, ACT 2601; or
  • hand delivery to Access Canberra, Environment, Planning and Land Services Shopfront, Ground Floor South, Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street, Dickson.

What happens with your comments?

Comments will be made publicly available, for a period of at least 15 working days starting 10 working days after the closing date, at the Access Canberra Shopfront in Dickson and will be published on the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) website.

Can you request your comments not to be made public?

Yes, under section 411 of the Act part of the comments can be excluded and made unavailable to the public upon request. You will need to put your request in writing, clearly identifying what you are seeking to exclude and how the request satisfies the exclusion criteria. Please note that name and contact details and other personal information will not be made public unless requested.

Are the changes to the Territory Plan effective immediately?

Section 65 of the Act applies to DV373 and therefore it has interim effect. This means that the provisions of DV373 apply to development applications lodged on or after 17 January 2020.

Note 1: Your personal information will be managed in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2014 and the EPSDD Information Privacy Policy.

DV365 Housing Choices - Boarding Houses and Co-Housing

Draft Variation 365 proposes changes to implement some of the Housing Choices Collaboration Hub’s recommendations on ways to improve housing choices in the ACT through amendments to existing boarding house provisions, and by introducing new provisions for ‘co-housing’.

The draft variation proposes changes to deliver greater diversity in dwelling types. These changes will be made through amendments to the residential codes and the definitions of the Territory Plan.

The draft variation does not propose any changes to the Territory Plan that would apply to blocks that are registered or provisionally registered on the ACT Heritage Register. Where a block is registered or provisionally registered on the ACT Heritage Register, the provisions of the Heritage Act 2004 continue to apply, including any applicable Heritage Guidelines or Conservation Management Plans.

Draft Variation 365

Background document

ACT Housing Choices - Yoursay

Written comments about the draft variation are invited until COB Friday 6 March 2020 and can be submitted by:

  • email to terrplan@act.gov.au;
  • mail to Territory Plan Section, EPSDD, GPO Box 158, Canberra, ACT 2601; or
  • hand delivery to Access Canberra, Environment, Planning and Land Services Shopfront, Ground Floor South, Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street, Dickson.

What happens with your comments?

Comments will be made publicly available, for a period of at least 15 working days starting 10 working days after the closing date, at the Access Canberra Shopfront in Dickson and will be published on the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) website.

Can you request your comments not to be made public?

Yes, under section 411 of the Act part of the comments can be excluded and made unavailable to the public upon request. You will need to put your request in writing, clearly identifying what you are seeking to exclude and how the request satisfies the exclusion criteria. Please note that name and contact details and other personal information will not be made public unless requested.

Are the changes to the Territory Plan effective immediately?

Section 65 of the Act does not apply in relation to the draft variation so it does not have interim effect. The current Territory Plan will continue to apply while the variation remains in draft form.

Note 1: Your personal information will be managed in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2014 and the EPSDD Information Privacy Policy.

DV369 Living Infrastructure in Residential Zones

Draft Variation 369 proposes changes to make sure standards for soft landscaping area in all residential areas (RZ1 to RZ5) are met.

The draft variation responds to Direction 3.3 of the ACT Planning Strategy 2018, which seeks to “Integrate living infrastructure and sustainable design to make Canberra a resilient city within the landscape”. Action 3.3.1 is to:

Support the implementation of a living infrastructure plan for the ACT through the review of planning policy and planning mechanisms to support the maintenance and enhancement of the urban forest in precinct, estate and district level planning processes, and relevant development and design guidelines.”

The draft variation responds to Action 2 of Canberra’s Living Infrastructure Plan, which seeks to achieve 30% tree canopy cover (or equivalent) and 30% permeable surfaces in urban areas by 2045. The draft variation will assist in working towards achieving these targets for urban areas by making changes related to site coverage and planting area requirements on private land in all residential zones (RZ1 to RZ5).

Draft Variation 369

Written comments about the draft variation are invited until COB Friday 28 February 2020 and can be submitted by:

  • email to terrplan@act.gov.au;
  • mail to Territory Plan Section, EPSDD, GPO Box 158, Canberra, ACT 2601; or
  • hand delivery to Access Canberra, Environment, Planning and Land Services Shopfront, Ground Floor South, Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street, Dickson.

What happens with your comments?

Comments will be made publicly available, for a period of at least 15 working days starting 10 working days after the closing date, at the Access Canberra Shopfront in Dickson and will be published on the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) website.

Can you request your comments not to be made public?

Yes, under section 411 of the Act part of the comments can be excluded and made unavailable to the public upon request. You will need to put your request in writing, clearly identifying what you are seeking to exclude and how the request satisfies the exclusion criteria. Please note that name and contact details and other personal information will not be made public unless requested.

Are the changes to the Territory Plan effective immediately?

Section 65 of the Act does not apply in relation to the draft variation so it does not have interim effect. The current Territory Plan will continue to apply while the variation remains in draft form.

Note 1: Your personal information will be managed in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2014 and the EPSDD Information Privacy Policy.

DV368 City and Gateway

Draft Variation 368 implements the key planning recommendations of the City and Gateway Urban Design Framework from Barry Drive/ Cooyong Street to Mouat/ Antill Street and modernises and clarifies the existing provisions of the Inner North Precinct Code.

The draft variation will amend the Terriotry Plan by:

  • merging the Inner North and Northbourne Avenue precinct maps and codes to create the Northbourne Avenue Corridor Precinct Code
  • modernising and clarifying existing provisions of the Inner North and Northbourne Avenue Precinct Codes
  • incorporating changes and updates to the Territory Plan to remain consistent with the National Capital Plan, and
  • updating other associated precinct codes (Braddon, Turner, O’Connor, Dickson and Lyneham) to provide consistency with the changes above, such as changing the reference in the precinct codes from Northbourne Avenue and Inner North Precinct Code to Northbourne Avenue Corridor Precinct Code.

Draft Variation 368

Background documents

City and Gateway

Part 4.28 of the National Capital Plan

Written comments about the draft variation are invited until COB Friday 28 February 2020 and can be submitted by:

  • email to terrplan@act.gov.au;
  • mail to Territory Plan Section, EPSDD, GPO Box 158, Canberra, ACT 2601; or
  • hand delivery to Access Canberra, Environment, Planning and Land Services Shopfront, Ground Floor South, Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street, Dickson.

What happens with your comments?

Comments will be made publicly available, for a period of at least 15 working days starting 10 working days after the closing date, at the Access Canberra Shopfront in Dickson and will be published on the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) website.

Can you request your comments not to be made public?

Yes, under section 411 of the Act part of the comments can be excluded and made unavailable to the public upon request. You will need to put your request in writing, clearly identifying what you are seeking to exclude and how the request satisfies the exclusion criteria. Please note that name and contact details and other personal information will not be made public unless requested.

Are the changes to the Territory Plan effective immediately?

Section 65 of the Act does not apply in relation to the draft variation so it does not have interim effect. The current Territory Plan will continue to apply while the variation remains in draft form.

Note 1: Your personal information will be managed in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2014 and the EPSDD Information Privacy Policy.

Public submissions are being considered

Public submissions are being considered

DV366 Franklin Grasslands Environmental Offset Site

Draft Variation 366 proposes to add a nature reserve public land reserve overlay on the Territory Plan Map to Block 5 Section 47 Franklin known as the 'Franklin Grasslands' site.

The site is required to offset impacts on matters of national environmental significance (MNES) protected under the Commonwealth's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). The impact is due to the construction of an access road into the proposed Canberra Brickworks Precinct and the upgrading of Dudley Street in Yarralumla. The project has been determined to have residual impacts on golden sun moth (a critically endangered species) and natural temperate grasslands of the South Eastern Highlands (a critically endangered ecological community).

Draft Variation 366

One public submission was received during the consultation period.

Submission 1 (289.9 KB)

Written comments about the draft variation were invited until COB Friday 20 December 2019.

What happens with your comments?

Comments will be made publicly available, for a period of at least 15 working days starting 10 working days after the closing date, at the Access Canberra Shopfront in Dickson and will be published on the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) website.

Can you request your comments not to be made public?

Yes, under section 411 of the Act part of the comments can be excluded and made unavailable to the public upon request. You will need to put your request in writing, clearly identifying what you are seeking to exclude and how the request satisfies the exclusion criteria. Please note that name and contact details and other personal information will not be made public unless requested.

Are the changes to the Territory Plan effective immediately?

Section 65 of the Act does not apply in relation to the draft variation so it does not have interim effect. The current Territory Plan will continue to apply while the variation remains in draft form.

Note 1: Your personal information will be managed in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2014 and the EPSDD Information Privacy Policy.

DV364 Gungahlin Town Centre

Draft Variation 364 incorporates the recommendations of the Gungahlin Town Centre Planning Refresh into the Territory Plan to provide guidance on the desired built form and character of the centre as it develops.

Draft Variation 364

Background documents

Gungahlin Town Centre Refresh - Snapshot

Proposed changes to Gungahlin precinct map and code (10.4 MB)

Public comments

Submissions 1 - 8 (2.6 MB)

Written comments about the draft variation were invited until COB Monday 18 November 2019.

Are the changes to the Territory Plan effective immediately?

Section 65 of the Act applies to DV364 and therefore it has interim effect. This means that the provisions of DV364 apply to development applications lodged on or after 30 September 2019.

Note 1: Your personal information will be managed in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2014 and the EPSDD Information Privacy Policy.

DV363 Curtin Group Centre and adjacent residential areas

Draft Variation 363 Curtin Group Centre (DV363) incorporates the recommendations of the recently approved Curtin Group Centre Master Plan (November 2018) into the Territory Plan to provide guidance on the desired built form and character of the centre as it develops into the future.

Changes have been made to the previously notified draft variation 363 (NI2019-350) to better align the height provisions with the approved Curtin Group Centre Master Plan. These changes are contained in the draft Curtin Precinct Code. The closing date to provide comments was extended until 21 August 2019.

Draft Variation 363

Background documents

Proposed changes to the Curtin Precinct Map and Code

Curtin Master Plan

Public submissions

Submission 1 (82.3 KB)

Submission 2 (120.8 KB)

Submission 3 (191.9 KB)

Submission 4 (84.2 KB)

Submission 5 (83.8 KB)

Submission 6 (92.3 KB)

Submission 7 (84.7 KB)

Submission 8 (67.8 KB)

Submission 9 (133.7 KB)

Submission 10 (182.3 KB)

Submission 11 (110.7 KB)

Submission 12 (96.6 KB)

Submission 13 (211.7 KB)

Submission 14 (99.3 KB)

Submission 15 (145.6 KB)

Submission 16 (82.6 KB)

Submission 17 (3.5 MB)

Submission 18 (125.0 KB)

Submission 19 (121.1 KB)

Written comments about the draft variation were invited until COB Wednesday 21 August 2019.

What happens with your comments?

Comments will be made publicly available, for a period of at least 15 working days starting 10 working days after the closing date, at the Access Canberra Shopfront in Dickson and will be published on the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate website.

Can you request your comments not to be made public?

Yes, under section 411 of the Act part of the comments can be excluded and made unavailable to the public upon request. You will need to put your request in writing, clearly identifying what you are seeking to exclude and how the request satisfies the exclusion criteria. Please note that name and contact details and other personal information will not be made public unless requested.

Are the changes to the Territory Plan effective immediately?

Section 65 of the Act applies to DV363 and therefore it has interim effect. This means that the provisions of DV363 apply to development applications lodged on or after 10 July 2019.

Note 1: Your personal information will be managed in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2014 and the EPSDD Information Privacy Policy.

DV361 Kippax Group Centre

Draft Variation 361 Kippax Group Centre (DV361) incorporates the recommendations of the recently approved Kippax Group Centre Master Plan into the Territory Plan to provide guidance on the desired built form and character of the centre as it develops into the future.

Draft Variation

Background documents

Kippax Master Plan

Holt Precinct Map and Code (5.2 MB) showing existing provisions and proposed provisions

Public Submissions

Submissions 01 to 10 (828.7 KB)

Submissions 11 to 20 (1.3 MB)

Submissions 21 to 30 (1.5 MB)

Submissions 31 to 40 (2.8 MB)

Submissions 41 to 50 (4.4 MB)

Submissions 51 to 55 (1.1 MB)

Submission 56 (851.3 KB)

Note: The submissions may not be viewed in a Google Chrome web browser. To open the document, right click on the file and save it to your computer.

Written comments about the draft variation were invited until COB Friday 28 June 2019.

  • email to terrplan@act.gov.au;
  • mail to Territory Plan Section, EPSDD, GPO Box 158, Canberra, ACT 2601; or
  • hand delivery to Access Canberra, EPSDD Shopfront, Ground Floor South, Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street, Dickson.

Note: The revised closing date for providing written comments was COB Friday 29 May 2019. The consultation period has been extended in notifiable instrument NI2019-343 on the ACT Legislation Register.

What happens with your comments?

Comments will be made publicly available, for a period of at least 15 working days starting 10 working days after the closing date, at EPSDD’s Shopfront in Dickson and will be published on EPSDD’s website.

Can you request your comments not to be made public?

Yes, under section 411 of the Act part of the comments can be excluded and made unavailable to the public upon request. You will need to put your request in writing, clearly identifying what you are seeking to exclude and how the request satisfies the exclusion criteria. Please note that name and contact details and other personal information will not be made public unless requested.

Are the changes to the Territory Plan effective immediately?

Section 65 of the Act applies to DV361 and therefore it has interim effect. This means that the provisions of DV361 apply to development applications lodged on or after 25 March 2019.

Note 1: Your personal information will be managed in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2014 and the EPSDD Information Privacy Policy.

DV357 End of Trip Facilities

Draft Variation 357 (DV357) is introducing an End-of-Trip Facilities General Code into the Territory Plan. DV357 is proposed to replace the Bicycle Parking Facilities General Code.

Draft Variation 357

Written comments from the public were invited until COB 13 June 2017.

5 public submissions received during the consultation period - Public Submissions 1-5 (1.8 MB)

DV357 and the background papers are also available at Access Canberra Service Centre, Ground Floor South, Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street, Dickson, Monday to Friday (except public holidays) between 8:30am and 4:30pm

Interim Effect

Section 65 of the Act does not apply in relation to DV357 and therefore it does not have interim effect. The current Territory plan will continue to apply while the Draft Variation remains in draft form.

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 329

Oaks Estate Master Plan

Printed Copies of the draft variation, submissions received and background documents are available for inspection and purchase at the Access Canberra Service Centre, 16 Challis Street, Dickson, Monday to Friday (except public holidays) between 8:30am and 4:30pm. Please call 02 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.