Allowing buildings up to six storeys tall at the Curtin shops are part of changes proposed to the Territory Plan based on recommendations of the Curtin Group Centre Master Plan finalised last year.
Draft Variation 363, which include zoning changes and amendments to the Curtin precinct map and code, has been released for public comment.
The Government says the changes will ensure sunlight in the central courtyard while providing a moderate increase in building heights in selected locations and protecting the character and amenity of the centre.
It says the changes will also improve the public domain and green spaces, including retaining the grassed area next to the service station, improve walking and cycling links and provide protection for pedestrians with requirements for awnings and active store frontages.
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The Government proposes to limit the building height around the central courtyard to a single storey but allow for taller buildings where it complements the character of the centre.
The Curtin shops has been a battleground over building heights between the Curtin Residents Association and the Haridemos family, with the Association this year going to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal to try to have the approval for the proposed five-storey development set aside, despite winning some concessions that scaled back the proposal.
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate’s Director-General, Ben Ponton said the Curtin Group Centre Master Plan was supported by the community after an extensive engagement period that included a Curtin community panel.
“I am confident that in moving forward with these changes to the Territory Plan, we will create more places for social activity in Curtin as well as introducing opportunities for urban renewal within the centre, thereby promoting business growth and housing choice,” he said.
“Curtin can play a vital role in growing Canberra’s economy and strengthening our community. With its proximity to the future City to Woden light rail line, new housing and development opportunities and improved walking and cycling networks, the centre has the potential to set the standard for quality urban renewal.”