The Greens’ Caroline le Couteur has noted the tabling of the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services report on residential zoning in the Inner North.
It’s important that we grasp the opportunities being presented in the Inner North Precinct to create a truly cosmopolitan and sustainable community along Northbourne Avenue”, said Caroline Le Couteur, Greens planning spokesperson.
“We must ensure that we are building to meet the needs of the future, while preserving the character of our suburbs. In particular, we need to be building to meet our wider ACT goal of 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
“Planning needs to reflect the trend towards smaller household sizes, as well as allowing people to age in place.
“I believe that we need to increase the density of dwellings immediately adjacent to Northbourne Avenue, to allow the area to truly become a viable transport corridor.
“While we are seeing some good examples of redevelopment in the Northbourne precinct, we need to see more commercial uses of residential buildings on the ground floor, such as coffee shops and convenience stores.
“We also need to ensure that these buildings are of high quality, sustainably designed and include generous communal spaces to prevent social isolation.
The report itself has these recommendations:
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2.22 The Committee recommends that Rule 21, restricting development in RZ4 zones north of Macarthur Avenue and Wakefield Avenue, be removed from the Residential Zones – Multi Unit Housing Development Code.
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3.15 The Committee recommends that Rule 44, restricting use on Blocks 12-21, Section 63 Turner should be removed from the Inner North Precinct Code.
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3.38 The Committee recommends that Rule 44, restricting use on Section 47 Turner should be removed from the Inner North Precinct Code.
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3.39 The Committee recommends that existing street trees in good condition and verge widths should be maintained.
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5.17 The Committee recommends that, in the current reviews of the Spatial Plan and Territory Plan, ACT Planning and Land Authority includes an appraisal of all zone objectives and development codes in order to clarify the distinction between, and intent of each residential zone and the mixed use zone.
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6.37 The Committee recommends that the ACT Planning and Land Authority review the development codes, particularly where they apply to multi-unit developments in RZ3 and RZ4 residential redevelopment areas, and ensure that new developments are encouraged, where appropriate, to include a mix of one, two and three bedroom dwellings.
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7.7 The Committee recommends that the ACT Planning and Land Authority investigate models of design and construction quality assessment in Australia and internationally, undertaken with a view to whether a similar body could be established in the ACT. The review should consider how such bodies operate without overstepping the bounds of individual taste and choice in building design.
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7.26 The Committee recommends that multi-unit dwellings be designed to optimise energy efficiency.
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7.35 The Committee recommends that the ACT Government report on the progress it has made in relation to its commitment to universal design principles and the relevant Australian Standards for Adaptable Housing.
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7.45 The Committee recommends that existing public open space networks be retained to provide for the recreational needs of residents in higher density residential developments.
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7.48 The Committee recommends that existing public open spaces be maintained and enhanced to provide safe green space which is useable for a wide variety of recreational and active pursuits.
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8.6 The Committee recommends that the ACT Government work with developers to achieve the desired zoning outcomes.
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8.26 The Committee recommends that the ACT Government conduct in-depth consultation with the Canberra community regarding densification opportunities along transport corridors and along specific avenues and approach routes.
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8.33 The Committee recommends that the ACT Government publish a plan for the provision of public transport in new suburbs that can be made available to residents.
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8.55 The Committee recommends that the Heritage Council expedite the assessment of the Northbourne Housing Precinct and finalise a conservation management plan for the precinct.