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Draft variation to pave way for redevelopment plans at Calwell shops

By Ian Bushnell 10 August 2018 2

DV355 will allow for more residential development at the Calwell Group Centre. Photo: Calwell Group Centre Master Plan.

The ACT Government has released for comment a Draft Variation to the Territory Plan to cater for future development at the Calwell Group Centre, including residential redevelopment and building heights of up to four-storeys.

DV355, which includes amendments to the Calwell Precinct Map and Code of the Territory Plan, provides for potential changes at the centre including land uses, building heights and public spaces.

It implements the recommendations of the Calwell Group Centre Master Plan, which aims to improve existing public spaces, encourage growth of local business, more housing options and greater public access to the centre.

The recommendations include:

  • Encouraging a range of land uses throughout the centre by focusing commercial services into the existing CZ3 services zoned areas and promoting residential re-development in other areas of the centre;
  • Encouraging more engaging exterior and ground floor uses;
  • Retaining the existing two-storey building heights across the bulk of the centre and up to four storeys in two site-specific locations outside the commercial service zoned areas; and
  • Improving public spaces and pedestrian paths across the centre.

Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman said DV355 would be an important step towards encouraging an accessible and inclusive centre.

“Healthy living and social activity within our communities is a priority for the ACT Government,” he said.

“This opportunity for urban renewal is key to growing Canberra into a more prosperous, compact, liveable and sustainable city that can support increased population. We will work to make Calwell more connected, offering better places and spaces.”

The Calwell Group Centre Master Plan was released in September 2016.

Public notification on the draft variation closes on Monday 24 September 2018.

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Andrew Jack 7:23 pm 13 Aug 18

Is that the same four storey type of buildings that line anketell street, you know, the ones that are actually 7-9 stories high

Christine Jack 4:10 pm 13 Aug 18

No, keep the suburbs as suburbs and not like Sydney or Melbourne.

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