Canberra Times is reporting that the DA for the 22-storey apartment development ‘Waterpoint’ on Emu Bank in Belconnen has been approved by ACTPLA – but with the condition that it is limited to the 18-storeys that the land’s zoning allows for.
The plans and documents in the DA for this development reflected an attractive design with very good attention to water and energy efficiency.
But the windfall gain to the developer of an extra 4 floors over the allowable height was not on. It’s a good outcome that ACTPLA have held firm on this, and it is reassuring that the community can draw some degree of certainty that zoning provisions will be upheld by the government.
It is also a credit to the Belconnen Community Council and president Stephen Bounds for their work preparing a DA submission protesting the additional storeys.