[ 19 July, 2011; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] You are invited to this months public meeting of the Belconnen Community Council which will be addressing two issues.
1. There will be a short presentation on the proposed development next to the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets.
2. Following this will be a presentation on the proposal for a Murrumbidge – Ginninderra [...]
Zed “The Mouth of Catherine Carter” Seselja has sallied forth to rail against the Government taxing the windfall profits of redeveloping houses into apartments.
He’s claiming uncertainty and confusion after the Greens amended the legislation at the last minute. But despite that he’s put together a rather spiffy graph:
When the remission rate is scaled back to [...]
The ABC brings word of extreme unhappiness in the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn after their Braddon church of St Patricks was hit by a heritage listing which will stop it being knocked down and turned into lucrative apartments.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge says the move throws into doubt plans for a $36 million redevelopment [...]
Andrew Barr has unveiled significant changes to the way land is controlled in the ACT:
the Government has opted for a model that retains the independent expertise and commercial focus provided by the LDA Board while closely integrating the activities of the Land Development Agency (LDA) and the Economic Development Directorate (EDD). These arrangements aim to [...]
Liberal Leader Zed Seselja is decrying a huge surge in development applications trying to get in before change of use charges rose on 1 July.
In a rush to beat the huge increases in tax on units, there has been a massive 360% increase in development applications to the planning authority in June this year, Leader [...]
Simon Corbell has announced the launch of a master plan for Kingston:
“The Kingston Centre is already a very popular shopping and eating spot in Canberra, but this master plan will
bring new life to the area and ensure it continues to attract Canberrans to enjoy the public space,” Mr Corbell
“The Government has consulted extensively on this [...]
The ACT Planning and Land Authority have announced they’ve put the kibosh on the redevelopment of the Morling Lodge aged care facility in Red Hill.
The proposed 114 unit construction has been deemed to be not in keeping with the august surrounds.
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ACTPLA have announced a huge new development has been approved for the old Jamison Inn site at Macquarie.
ACTPLA’s Chief Planning Executive, Neil Savery, said the redevelopment would comprise eight 4-6 storey buildings with commercial and non-commercial uses allowed on the ground level and basement parking.
“The proposal is an excellent design that optimises the [...]
The Greens’ Meredith Hunter is celebrating success in her amendments to the Planning and Development (Lease Variation Charges) Bill.
“The lease variation charge is premised on the idea that developers should pay for the rights they are being granted by the community. The greens very much agree with this principle and our amendments ensure that this [...]
An application has been lodged with ACTPLA to change the lease on a part of the Curtin shops.
If allowed seven retailers will be lost including the Q Bookshop, Capital Chemist, a restaurant and two fast food outlets.
The entire block will be demolished and multi story residential units and offices will be built.
Joy Burch has been thrilled to announce there’s been strong interest in the design competition to remodel the gateway to Canberra along Northbourne Avenue (Here at RiotACT we’ve had to direct keen architects to her office):
Dozens of architecture firms across Australia have expressed interest in redesigning the ACT
Government’s Northbourne Flats as part of a nationwide [...]
Simon Corbell has announced the launch of draft variation 306 (DV 306).
For those playing at home this replaces DVs 301 and 303. It’s going to shape the future of development in the Inner Suburbs so best to pay attention.
Some of the major elements in DV 306 include:
– requirements for solar orientation for blocks in [...]
Simon Corbell is asking for the community to get involved in planning for the second stage of the vast Molonglo development.
“The community is invited to come and discuss the draft framework and see how their suggestions have been included.
“With its focus on the Molonglo River corridor, this is a very special part of Canberra and [...]
Does anyone know how long you have to wait before building on old servo sites?
I thought there was a seven (?) year wait but the scaffolding is up and Blackshaw are advertising units.
The servo hasn’t even been closed for a year so I don’t know how they can be doing this.
I know [...]
The Land Development Agency are advertising a large commercial auction in Barton tomorrow.
Surrounded by prestigious office buildings with views to and from Parliament House, this large site of 6,554m2 is ideally suited for a mixed-use development incorporating a car parking structure.
? Multi-use development site comprising a minimum 900 car spaces plus bicycle and motorcycle spaces.
As the Hawke review changes start to contort the ACT Public Service into a new shape some interesting things are thrown up.
Like the Department of Land And Property Services (Sounds all bucolic eh? Like parks maintenance?) transforming into the Economic Development Directorate.
You can just about imagine an EED logo on the sides of the bulldozers [...]
The Canberra Times has an intriguing story on the Tradies offering to surrender the now vacant site of the burned out Downer Club in exchange for the future development offering apprentice housing.
Tradies chairman Dean Hall said the offer was in addition to a $1 million pledge to secure units for apprentices in the development. [...]
ACTPLA have announced they’re kicking off a review of planning the Canberra’s commercial zones.
For your edification there’s a background fact sheet and a discussion paper.
ACTPLA Chief Planning Executive, Neil Savery, today launched a discussion paper on commercial zones as part of the current review of the Territory Plan.
“Group and local centres play an important role [...]
ACTPLA have announced draft variation 310:
“Draft variation 310 proposes to lift the current restrictions, limiting building heights to two
storeys and plot ratios to 65% (instead of three and 80%). These restrictions were originally
intended to focus redevelopment in RZ4 zones closer to Canberra City. DV 310 also lifts
restrictions in Turner introduced in response to concerns about [...]
Another week, another Giralang Shops Development Application. Seems to have less Supermarket and more specialty shops.
We’ll have to see if it can survive the onslaught of the professional objectors, but for now it is live.
ACTPLA welcomes objections and comments from interested parties. If you want the DA to be approved you should put in [...]
Minister for Children Joy Burch has announced plans to make it easier for child care centres to expand.
ACT Minister for Children and Young People Joy Burch welcomed her Government’s decision to exempt childcare centres from the change of use charge that is being codified under reforms that come into effect from July 1. Ms Burch [...]
Land And Property Services have published their Indicative Land Release Programs 2011-12 to 2014-15.
Here’s the nub of it though:
The ACT Planning And Land Authority has released the Dickson Centre Master Plan.
China Town is now a “multicultural area” which I think is a crime against both language and humanity.
The car park next to the Library and Woolworths is going to become a second supermarket.
And looking at that image, all the blue, light grey, and [...]
Yesterday we had scrapping between the Greens and Liberals on change of use charges.
If you haven’t been following the issue it comes down to this.
When a developer buys a lease (remember there’s no freehold here) to land in the ACT currently in use as a house they need to apply to change that [...]
This in from a spokesperson for the Canberra Airport on their coup announced overnight:
Capital Property Corporation has purchased an 8.75% share of the 500 hectares of land known as North and South Tralee, from a previous owner.
The land is in NSW and lies in a rural corridor south of Canberra Airport, under the Canberra Airport [...]
This morning Treasurer Katy Gallagher let rip at Zed Seselja for his much touted “industry roundtable” on change of use charges.
“The Government has been consulting with stakeholders over this issue for over two years now and has reached a point where we are now ready to move forward,” the Treasurer said.
“Since 2009 we have been [...]
I have new floors put in my unit.
The work is very bad and i will need to have it done over.
Is there good lawyer in canberra for this?
Mitigation did not work.
The ABC has a story on vast tracts of asbestos in an illegal dump near Kingston which is threatening the Eastlake project.
The ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) has cordoned off parts of the area but says the asbestos is not a danger if it remains undisturbed.
It is estimated the potential clean-up bill would be [...]
Chief Minister Stanhope has announced that he’s stumping up $1 million for a feasability study of the Acton lake shore hosting “The Australia Forum” a planned convention centre megaplex.
Mr Stanhope said the ACT Government would allocate funding in next month’s budget to explore the feasibility of the project as part of a possible West Basin [...]
Catherine Carter, the Property Council’s vuvuzela (loud, monotonal, obnoxious), along with the Master Builders’ John Miller, are (predictably) staunchly defending their good mate, Neil Savery. They claim that the ACTDAA (ACT Development Approval Authority) is just following the rules when assessing development applications.
Oh that they were! They have so much discretion built into the planning [...]
The Canberra Business Council has released a scoping study for a Darling Harbour like development for the West Basin of Lake Burley Griffin. This follows a media release last year.
The Australia Forum will be a worldclass institution that caters for significant meetings, dialogue, cultural events and other occasions of national importance appropriately held in the [...]
The ACT Planning & Land Authority is asking for your input on rejuvenating the Kambah, Tuggeranong and Erindale shopping centres.
Your thoughts readers?