Does anyone know what the deal is with some recent proposals for supportive housing in Canberra? After seeing a planning notification go up at the car park on the corner of Henty, Ijong and Ipima streets in Braddon (just over the road from the Rex Hotel), I checked the ACTPLA website (http://apps.actpla.act.gov.au/pubnote/index.asp). There are no fewer than seven planning applications for “supportive housing” proposals across Canberra. The proposals range from 12 up to 47 new units in Braddon, Chapman, Curtin, Dunlop, Harrison and Kambah.
It goes without saying that public servants are going to be outraged by the loss of yet one more place to park for free (the free parking near the Rex is always highly sought after), but did I miss a press release? Did I miss a letter from our Planning Minister? This seems like some pretty significant development and it seems to have just appeared out of nowhere. Can anyone shed some light?