Woden planning outcomes one step closer

Released 26/07/2017

A Draft Variation to the Territory Plan for the Woden Town Centre is being presented to the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal, Brett Phillips, Deputy Director-General, Sustainability and the Built Environment, announced today.

“Following the Woden master plan work last year, I am pleased to announce that the draft variation process has taken another step closer to positive planning outcomes,” Mr Phillips said.

“The ACT Government is committed to delivering better planning consultation and outcomes across Canberra, and this is a major step forward in this endeavour.

“With the announcement that stage two of light rail will be coming to Woden, it is particularly important that we get planning outcomes and consultation right to fully utilise the renewal opportunities that will open up,” Mr. Phillips said.

“The draft variation consultation has highlighted what is important to the local community to help us deliver better planning outcomes like high quality public spaces and built environments that people enjoy using,” Mr Phillips said.

DV344 was released for public consultation in early March this year, and was later extended to the beginning of June 2017.

“A roundtable discussion was held in late May with approximately 50 representatives at the roundtable from a cross section of the community from private individuals, community and professional groups, developers, building owners and architects,” Mr Phillips said.

A total of 28 written submissions were received during the public consultation process, including 11 submissions from businesses within the centre, 10 submissions from individuals, 4 submissions from community organisations and 2 submissions from professional groups.

The work on the draft variation has opened discussions on residential and commercial opportunities, public and community space, active and public transport, community services and renewal of older buildings in Woden.

Planning changes proposed by the Woden variation permit increased levels of residential development along public transport routes and the development of additional community facilities close to the town centre.

The variation will have interim effect for applications lodged after today, Wednesday 26 July. Interim effect means a development application can be approved if it is consistent with the variation before the variation is formally approved.

For more information visit www.planning.act.gov.au

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