ACT DRAFT PLANNING BILL-DISCUSSION PAPERS On 29 June 2022 the Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman, released a draft Planning Bill. This Bill is complex, and requires detailed consideration. It will shape planning in Canberra for many years into the future. The draft Bill does not provide the…
The ISCCC has produced this District Planning Strategy to contribute to the ACT Government’s review of the ACT’s Planning system.
The Inner South District is able to accommodate a further 12,000 people by 2040 and this can be achieved without recourse to multiple dwellings on blocks in RZ1. We are already on track with high rise developments either underway or proposed throughout the District. The new suburb of East Lake and the Dairy Road development in Fyshwick herald an era of sustainability in design concept.
Residents in our District value the existing character and want our streetscapes, wide setbacks, open spaces, parks and heritage places retained and maintained. There is great concern about the level of urban infill, some 45% in 2017 throughout the Inner South with 89% in Kingston.
We have analysed data from an ISCCC survey of 555 residents conducted in 2019-20 and the 2021 District Planning community engagement with 30 respondents and 126 representations to the Have Your Say. Our strategy proposes actions in all of the Strategic Directions under the five Themes originating from the ACT Planning Strategy 2018.
We welcome your comments on this strategy. Our understanding is that, in the first half of 2022, the ACT Government hopes to provide the opportunity for public comment on its proposed changes to the legislative instruments of the Territory Plan and the Planning and Development Act. After this, the Government will produce its own 2022 District Planning Strategies for each district and there will be further opportunity for public submission at that time.
In the next few months, the ACT Government will issue an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in relation to Light Rail Stage 2b to Woden, and the ISCCC is seeking relevant expertise in the community to respond to the many issues covered by the EIS. Our focus will be on putting together a submission that is objective, evidence-based and relevant.
The ISCCC Committee has produced a draft Inner South Canberra District Strategy, for submission when finalised to the planning Minister and Authority. Attached is the latest versiont 4), based on input from the ISCCC member groups and with reference to the outcomes of the ACT Government’s Inner South Canberra district planning workshop.
This is now open for public comment. This draft is also an item for discussion at the ISCCC Public Meeting on 14 September, which will unfortunately now have to be fully online, via Zoom.
This EIS process provides an important opportunity to review the extent to which the planning for
the precinct to date meets important Commonwealth and ACT Government requirements, specifically:
• Commonwealth – in relation to protection of the critically endangered Golden Sunmoth
• ACT Government – wide range of issues outlined in the Scoping Document.
Read the ISCCC submission