DV 306 off to committee

johnboy 23 March 2012 2

Simon Corbell has announced the referral of Draft Variation 306 to the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services.

(If you’re fortunate enough to have avoided the DV processes thus far they relate to planning laws, which means what your house will look like and how much it will cost.)

“DV 306 to the Territory Plan contains significant changes designed to protect Canberra’s suburban character and this draft variation has been amended following a detailed public consultation campaign.

Key features of DV 306 include:

    — requirements that blocks in new estates achieve good solar orientation and solar access to future dwellings
    — new provisions for multi unit residential redevelopment in RZ2 zones including:
    — no building will contain more than four dwellings
    — buildings containing two or more dwellings on the same block must be separated by at least four metres
    — for residential redevelopment, the minimum site area for each dwelling is 350m2 for up to five dwellings and 250m2 for the sixth and each subsequent dwelling
    — consolidation of blocks is only permitted where they have adjoining street frontages
    — provision for secondary residences (or granny flats) up to 75m² in floor area on blocks larger than 500m2
    — provisions requiring dwellings suitable for families to be provided in redevelopment proposals in established areas.

The Assembly committee will now mull the variation for up to six months.

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2 Responses to DV 306 off to committee
chilli chilli 12:42 am 26 Mar 12

Why it will take 6 months to review is extraordinary.

Last year the Assembly passed DV 310 without even debating it. The difference between the two DVs was that 310 made things alot easier for developers, whereas DV 306 will make things a tiny bit more difficult.

One of the positives of DV 306 is that if a three+ bedroom house is knocked down for apartments, the new development will have to include at least one apartment of 3 bedrooms or more. Not so popular with developers because their margins aren’t as good as they are with one-bedders, but nice for people with kids (or friends!) who want to live there.

dtc dtc 8:44 pm 25 Mar 12

These sound like good moves for RZ2 zones, which have proven to create the vast majority of angst amongst people, given that they were essentially created without consultation and have been pushed by developers far beyond what most people believe is appropriate.

Why it will take 6 months to review is extraordinary.

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