6 May 2011

Review of Commercial Zones Policy

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ACTPLA have announced they’re kicking off a review of planning the Canberra’s commercial zones.

For your edification there’s a background fact sheet and a discussion paper.

ACTPLA Chief Planning Executive, Neil Savery, today launched a discussion paper on commercial zones as part of the current review of the Territory Plan.

“Group and local centres play an important role in our daily lives; we use their shops, work in their offices, relax at their hospitality and entertainment venues, and visit their community facilities. These centres are also increasingly home to many Canberrans,” Mr Savery said.

“Policies for group and local centres need to meet community expectations now and into the future, so we want residents to tell us how we can improve planning policies to make these centres environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive and economically dynamic.

“The discussion paper outlines issues and options and asks readers to comment on various questions.

“For example, what land uses should be allowed in the centres? How should land use planning controls be changed to allow for more supermarkets and, in doing so, respond to the Government’s supermarket policy to help promote competition?

“Should we allow higher buildings to encourage more residential development in centres? What policies could be introduced to ensure this housing meets the needs of the ACT’s changing demographics?

“What can we do to control noise from night-time activities but still allow for a vibrant local live music scene as more people choose to live in and close to centres?

Comments close on 4 July 2011.

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Seems odd to have done the public consultation on the Amaroo Group Centre (On the Territory Plan as Commercial Core, on the consultation as pretty much mixed use) and this separately.

“What can we do to control noise from night-time activities but still allow for a vibrant local live music scene as more people choose to live in and close to centres?”

Provide anyone purchasing in these centres with a tenancy agreement that stipulates there will be a maximum dB limit of ‘X’ as measured at their property due to proximity to entertainment venue. Purchaser signs or else GTFO and find somewhere more quiet to live. Ensure venues are soundproofed adequately to meet aforementioned noise requirements.

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