Simon Corbell has announced he’s making it easier to build “secondary residences”:
A new regulation has been made to cut costs and red tape for owners who wish to build a ‘secondary residence’ on their block, the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell announced today.
The new use of ‘secondary residence’ came into effect with Territory Plan Variation 306 on 5 July 2013. The Territory Plan now permits a second residence up to 75 square metres in size to be built in addition to an existing housing if the block is at least 500 square metres.
“This new use responds to the ACT Government’s commitment to increasing housing choice and is an affordable housing initiative,” Mr Corbell said.
“While there is no opportunity to subdivide or unit title a second residency, there are no restrictions on who can live in it.”
“In some cases, where the lease restricts development to a single dwelling, adding another residence to the block requires a lease variation, which attracts a fee.”
But this new regulation removes the requirement to submit a valuation report with the lease variation application, and removes the fee.
“This initiative can potentially save thousands of dollars for households looking to add a second residence to their block. It will also reduce the time it takes to vary a lease.”