Proposed changes put Woden and Mawson master plans into action

Released 03/03/2017

Two draft variations to the Territory Plan that implement the recommendations of master plans for the Woden and Mawson centres are available for public comment, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman said today.

“The proposed changes will guide development and encourage renewal within the Woden town centre and Mawson group centre,” Mr Gentleman said.

“The variations build on extensive community consultation with residents and businesses on the draft master plans so both centres could become better places for residents and more attractive to employers and employees.

“These proposed changes to the Territory Plan will implement the planning elements of the master plans, clarify the rules around building heights and open the way for new investment proposals to come forward.”

Mr Gentleman said the Territory plan changes complement significant ACT Government investment in Woden, including the relocation of over 1000 ACT Health and Access Canberra staff to the town centre, the upgrade to the bus interchange and the upgrade of Phillip Oval.

“The Government has announced that stage two of the light rail network will go from the City to Woden via the Parliamentary Triangle. This will bring significant private sector investment of the type we are already seeing with Northbourne Avenue and Gungahlin.

“The master plans reserve a light rail corridor within the Woden town centre, encouraging building activity along the corridor and also reinforcing the Mawson group centre as a future transport hub.

“I encourage the community to have a look at both draft variations and submit their comments.

“I am committed to involving the broader community in planning decisions. To this end, the ACT Government will be having staff attend Woden and Mawson centres throughout the consultation period to talk to local people about plans for where they work, live, shop and socialise.”

Territory Plan draft variations 344 (Woden Town Centre) and 345 (Mawson Group Centre) are available for comment at www.yoursay.act.gov.au until Friday 21 April 2017.

The master plans and summaries of the master plans are available via the Your Say website.

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