Changes to the Territory Plan that will pave the way for more residential development along public transport routes and community facilities in and around Woden Town Centre have gone to the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal.
Deputy Director-General, Sustainability and the Built Environment Brett Phillips said the Draft Variation 344 would have interim effect for applications lodged after Wednesday 26 July, allowing a development application to be approved if it is consistent with the variation before the variation is formally approved.
DV344 was released for public consultation in early March this year, and was later extended to the beginning of June 2017. A roundtable discussion was held in May involving 50 interested parties representatives including private individuals, community and professional groups, developers, building owners and architects.
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“The draft variation consultation had highlighted what is important to the local community to help us deliver better planning outcomes like high quality public spaces and built environments that people enjoy using,” Mr Phillips said.
“With the announcement that stage two of light rail will be coming to Woden, it is particularly important that we get planning outcomes and consultation right to fully utilise the renewal opportunities that will open up.”
A total of 28 written submissions were received during the public consultation process, including 11 from businesses within the centre, 10 from individuals, four from community organisations and two from professional groups.
The process has involved discussions on residential and commercial opportunities, public and community space, active and public transport, community services and renewal of older buildings in Woden.