The ACT Government is proposing to rezone a portion of Watson in north Canberra to allow for more affordable housing to be built.
The Village Building Company has asked the Government to change the zoning of its former Australian Heritage Village site on the Federal Highway, so it can build up to 300 new homes.
The site was originally built as a tourist facility but would require refurbishment to operate as originally intended. The proposal is to redevelop as medium density residential development with different levels of affordable housing types.
Planning Minister Andrew Barr says it is an ideal location for more housing.
“We do have a very pressing need to provide additional land particularly in areas close to existing services, employment opportunities and public transport,” he said.
“If this variation proceeds then we’ll be able to see a development consisting of a variety of different housing types focused at the affordable end.”
“Given we have a considerable amount of land set aside for entertainment, accommodation and leisure elsewhere in the city it would seem appropriate to go forward with a variation here to provide more affordable housing for Canberrans,” he said.
More information can be found at Draft Variation No.261 (868KB pdf file)