Planning improvements open the door for Kingston Centre renewal

Canfan 6 May 2014

Changes to the Territory Plan that incorporate the recommendations of the Kingston Centre Master Plan and Kingston Centre Planning Report have been approved by Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell.

“The Kingston centre is one of the oldest centres in Canberra. These planning changes will allow the centre to respond to population growth and changing demographics and lifestyles while protecting its village character,” Mr Corbell said.

“The community gave valuable input during the public consultation on Draft Variation 314 to the Territory Plan from 28 June to 26 August 2013, with a total of 27 submissions.”

As a result of public consultation the proposed eight storey envelope on the Cusacks site has been reduced to six storeys, and the proposed four storey envelope on Giles Street has been removed. Solar access provisions for adjoining residents have been strengthened.

Building heights have been increased to four storeys along the northern and western sides of Highgate Lane and along the western side of Kennedy Street.

“Six storey developments will be permitted over part of the Cusack Centre (Block 12 Section 21) and over the Eyre Street car park site, which could pave the way for a new supermarket.

“Public car parking is to be kept on the Eyre Street car park site as part of any new development.”

The variation also rezones a strip of land running through section 20 from RZ5 to CZ2 to allow vehicle access to blocks facing Kennedy Street.

Mr Corbell will table the variation in the Legislative Assembly today. If the Legislative Assembly does not disallow the approved plan variation within five sitting days after tabling, a date for commencement of the variation will be set shortly after.

(Media Release Simon Corbell)

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