Tag Archives: planning

Locals should be tram’s priority


Just when most locals probably thought that there have been more than enough discussions and surveys about the Canberra’s new light rail (or trams), the ACT Government has launched another consultation on the topic.
But wait – do not despair just yet – this time the focus is not about whether or not, or when or [...]

Have your say: draft Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan

By 2 October 2015

The Belconnen Community Council had a very active role in facilitating community engagement in initial consultations on what should be in the Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan. The eagerly awaited draft Master Plan has now been released and this again presents an important opportunity to have your say on issues you feel strongly about – [...]

Housing project to revive Downer


Many years ago the suburb of Downer had a thriving shopping centre and a bustling school next door. All this became a distant memory when the school closed and with the rise of the nearby Dickson shops, the local shops went into slow decline. Eventually the school building was demolished.
The situation could be about to change, [...]

A new look for Belco?

Belconnen Master Plan aerial view

Do you think the CIT Bruce campus should move to be next to Westfield Belconnen? Do you want 18-storey high-rises on the sites of the old Belconnen Remand Centre?
Consultation officially starts today on the draft Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan. It’s an important document that will shape both Belconnen and the broader ACT for the [...]

August 2014 Belconnen Community Council Public Forum: Omnibus Territory Plan / Belconnen Town Centre Survey results

By 18 August 2014

[ 19 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; ]

The August 2014 Public Forum for the Belconnen Community Council will be held at:

7.30pm, Tuesday 19 August 2014 in the
Community Room above the Belconnen Library
Chandler Street, Belconnen

Representatives from the Community Services Directorate and the Economic Development Directorate will discuss the Omnibus Territory Plan Variation sites, especially those in Belconnen at Kaleen (former bocce club) and [...]

Fast-track planning bill withdrawn

By 9 May 2014

The ACT Government has bowed to local pressure and withdrawn a fast track bill for development, according to the ABC.
The Project Facilitation Bill was due to allow major projects to gain rapid development approval, bypassing many planning laws.
As discussed on The RiotACT, the plan was proving controversial.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher decided to withdraw the bill, [...]

Belconnen Community Council Public Meeting: Does every suburb need a local centre? Why/why not?

By 17 March 2014

[ 18 March 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] This months public meeting will be in the form of a community discussion about the future of local centres.

Belconnen is unique amongst the Canberra town districts in having so many local centres in a state of decline. Three no longer exist and six have lost their supermarket. Come along and tell us what [...]

Wedding Information Night

By 4 March 2014

[ 5 March 2014 at 6:00 pm; ] This may be of interest to couples planning their wedding day…

Wedding Information Night

Planning a wedding?  Want to know more?  Come along to The Chapel Crew wedding information night to find out all the tips from the industry experts.

Date: Wednesday 5th March 2014
Time: 6PM to 8PM
Where: The Chapel at Gold Creek - 17 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls, ACT

Free [...]

Behold the Draft City Plan

By 21 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Chief Minister Gallagher and Simon Corbell have this morning unveiled their draft city plan, which has it’s own website and the draft plan as a snapshot pdf and a full report.
The draft City Plan sets a vision for the development of the city centre, including improved public spaces, transport choices and opportunities for growth.
“This [...]

Coe calls for planning reform

By 18 September 2013

Won’t anyone think of the property developers?
Well, the Liberals Alistair Coe is bravely taking up cudgels on their behalf:
Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Alistair Coe will call on the Government to undertake a comprehensive review of the Territory Plan with a view to simplifying the document.
At present, the ACT’s planning system is far too [...]

Simon says give me your thoughts on Kingston

By 5 August 2013

Simon Corbell is asking you to come along to his Kingston consultation this Saturday morning:
The proposal includes increasing building heights, improving pedestrian connections and increasing protections for the centre’s character. The proposal also looks at the possibility for one or more supermarkets in the area.
The variation draws on the recommendations of the Kingston [...]

Royalla industrial solar marching on

By 2 July 2013

Simon Corbell has announced his approval for a 20MW solar farm on the Monaro Highway:
“I have used my powers under Sections 158, 159 and 160 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 to approve this proposal because it responds to a major policy issue and will deliver a substantial public benefit,” Mr Corbell said. [...]

Simon says give me your thoughts on planning Kingston


Simon Corbell has announced the kickoff of Draft Variation 314 to nut out the future of the Kingston Centre:
“Draft Variation 314 (DV314) to the Territory Plan draws on findings from the Kingston Centre master plan and includes controls on development of the car park on Eyre Street and increases to some building heights in the [...]

ACT Government needs to lift its game on planning

By 28 June 2013

The Government’s decision to use call-in powers to allow the Brumbies’ development in Griffith to proceed, when it does not comply with the Government’s own planning regulations, has set a dangerous precedent. As the current legislation stands, when the Planning Minister uses his/her call-in powers to approve a development, an appeal to the ACT Civil [...]

Majura Parkway planning fail

By 6 June 2013

Brendan Smyth is having some fun with Simon Corbell’s planning efforts with the Majura Parkway:
It was revealed that Simon Corbell as Planning Minister was asked by businesses at the Majura Park Shopping Precinct to provide on and off access from the Majura Parkway to the northern end of the Majura Park Shopping Precinct. He declined, [...]

Gawler Crescent explained

By 23 May 2013

There’s been a lot of heat and smoke coming from Gawler Crescent in Deakin lately.
Finally the ABC has unravelled the issues.
I’m not going to name names here, but well worth a read and oh so many familiar faces.

Battle Turn To Starboard* orders Coe!

By 8 May 2013

The Liberals’ Alistair Coe has announced a doomed run at de-railing Draft Variation 306 because he wants poor people to live in darkness.
Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Alistair Coe will today try to block Draft Variation 306 which has been widely condemned by the building industry. The Government’s changes to the planning rules will [...]

An end to Stalinist supermarket planning. Now incumbency to rule

By 7 May 2013

Andrew Barr has announced he’s going to stop playing dollhouses with supermarkets in the ACT:
In its response the Government notes that there have been several important changes in the Territory’s supermarket sector since 2010, when the Government introduced the Supermarket Competition Policy Implementation Plan (SCPIP).
These changes include:
– The new ‘full-line’ supermarkets to be built in [...]

11 Gawler Cres Deakin, Not So DA Exempt

By 1 May 2013

Despite the claims of the high profile owner, last week Actpla quietly informed neighbours that 11 Gawler Cres is not DA Exempt and that it would be treated as a ‘proposed’ demolition and rebuild. The proposal will now be Merit Tracked by Actpla.
Anyone who is interested can review the DA application – 201323512 and should [...]

Canberra: Planning for the next 100 Years

By 18 April 2013

Genevieve Wauchope, Executive Director of the Canberra Environment Centre, is inviting us along to think about and discuss what Canberra should look like for the next 100 years.
Does the Canberra you want to live in have higher density living areas? Does it have community vegetable gardens in public parks or recycling stations throughout Civic? [...]

Yarralumla Stirling Ridge embassy plans dumped by NCA

By 17 April 2013

Yarralumla residents seem to be opposed to any sort of development at all according to the ABC.
Given that the area seems to already include a large number of embassies and given the suburbs proximity to the Parliamentary precinct it seems to make sense to locate the additional embassies in Yarralumla.
Yarralumla already has plenty of open [...]

Gungahlin Community Council goes into bat for Magnet Mart

By 13 March 2013

The GCC is kicking up a fuss over the Stalinist command and control based land planning in the ACT which is going to plonk a Bunnings down next to the Magnet Mart.
The Gungahlin Community Council meeting on Wednesday 13 March will hear a presentation on pre Development Application consultation relating to the proposed development of [...]

Angela Shanahan’s strange whinge

By 19 January 2013

The Australian is running a perverse piece by Angela Shanahan both praising and cursing Canberra. (tip for new players, google the headline to get around the paywall)
Basically she seems to have rather liked the Canberra of sprawling bungalows.
She as much as acknowledges that it was unsustainable financially, but then continues to berate the ACT Government [...]

Marco Bohr on the limits of planning in Canberra

By 20 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Thanks to Sam for the tip. Marco Bohr’s Visual Culture Blog has turned its global blowtorch to the subject of Canberra’s footpaths.
My new photographic project Right of Way addresses the failures of a modern project and the clash between urbanity and nature. Photographed in Canberra – an early example of a completely planned city [...]

Inner South Canberra Community Council AGM Tues 27 Nov

By 26 November 2012

7 PM 27 NOVEMBER 2011
1. Welcome – Gary Kent, Chairperson
2. Apologies
3. Guest Speakers
(a) 7 pm “Our changing suburbs – what, when and how and why don’t I know about it?” Craig Simmons Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate ACT Government
(b) 7.30 pm “A proposal to re-zone the majority of [...]

Greens on planning

By 19 September 2012

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur has unveiled her party’s thoughts on planning:
The ACT Greens planning measures include over four years:
– $1 million for amendment of the Territory Plan to aim at the ACT’s greenhouse gas reduction targets
– $366,000 for construction industry education during the transition to energy efficient buildings
– $200,000 to connect communities through neighbourhood [...]

Messing with Traffic between Seven and Nine

By 22 August 2012

There is a lot of news disseminated here about changes to traffic conditions due to road works, what you don’t get to find out though is that they might do something silly like stop traffic during peak hour.
“They can do all the road works, curvy roads and 40 signs they like, but they will never make us as slow as a [...]

Giralang development upheld by the courts


The Supreme Court has finally passed judgment to affirm that the long delayed Giralang shops can be a restored to a functional community asset even at the expense of nearby rent-seekers.
Owners of nearby potential rival shops have been mercifully put in their place:
In the absence of persuasive evidence that the proposed development will put [...]

The future of Pialligo out for your input

By 25 June 2012

Simon Corbell is asking for your thoughts on Pialligo’s draft master plan:
“Pialligo is a unique place in Canberra and has been an important part of its history, but we must also plan for its future,” Mr Corbell said.
“The consultation on this master plan is the perfect opportunity for people to voice their opinions, concerns and [...]

The Griffin fetishists express their disappointment


The Australian is running a lengthy story on The Walter Burley Griffin Society’s latest complaints about urban planning in Canberra. (google the headline and click if the paywall troubles you).
The Society has also published a lengthy video on the Griffin’s plans for Canberra which you can see above.
Their complaint to the Australian was this:
“The society [...]

$12m for the NCA if they let slip the developers

By 8 May 2012

The ABC have the news that, in a further prostitution of the budget process as the spinners turn, an extra $12 million for the National Capital Authority is coming tonight, spread over 4 years, and predicated on “simplifying” planning controls on national land.
Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean says the NCA must resolve confusion about [...]

Your thoughts wanted on the Tuggeranong Town Park

By 24 April 2012

Joy Burch has announced the start of consultation for a Tuggeranong Town Park master plan:
The ACT Government has allocated $80,000 for the preparation of the Master Plan as part of the Town and District Park Upgrade Program, with a further $1 million available to implement capital upgrades arising from the consultation and Master Plan.
Ms Burch [...]

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