Simon Corbell is making it known Variation 306 to the Territory Plan is going into effect from 5 July:
“While all development applications lodged from 18 June will be assessed against the new provisions, there will be a grace period for development applications lodged before this date, allowing them time to be assessed under the current rules,” Mr Corbell said.
“This means development applications lodged before 18 June will be assessed against the current residential and estate provisions in the Territory Plan, and will be granted a full year to get through the system.
“All development applications lodged after 18 June 2013 will be assessed against the new provisions of Variation 306.
“Exempt development that complies with the current residential and estate provisions in the Territory Plan will need to have the building application approved before 5 July 2013; otherwise it will have to comply with the provisions of Variation 306.
“This will give certifiers time to finalise existing building applications that are currently being assessed, before the new rules come in,” Mr Corbell said.
Variation 306 was prepared by ESDD to implement a review of the policies applying to residential development and subdivision in the ACT.
Mr Corbell said Variation 306 contained important solar access requirements, rules to protect suburban character in RZ2 zones, and simpler requirements for secondary residences.