The idea of there being a ‘district plan’ for each urban district in Canberra was outlined at the ‘Inner South District Planning Workshop’ in June this year, as part of the “ACT Planning Review and Reform Project”. The purpose of this workshop was to obtain community feedback which the planning authority would use in the preparation of an Inner South Canberra District Plan (now called District ‘Strategy’).
The concept of District Level Planning first appeared in the ACT Planning Strategy 2018, where it was said to:
- Bridge the gap between ACT-wide and local area planning
- Build upon and expand master plans to deliver the ACT Planning Strategy
- Establish policy and implementation actions at a district scale
- Provide opportunity to recognise distinctive characters of districts
We assume it is similar to (and may have been inspired by) Local Strategic Planning Statements (LSPS) which NSW local councils are now required to produce. These are:
- intended to identify the relevant priorities and actions for each locality.
- not intended to be taken into account in assessing a DA
- contain actions which flow through to other planning documents, eg. changes to the Local Environmental Plan (LEP), Structure Plans or Development Control Plans
The ISCCC Committee saw this as an opportunity to produce our own “Inner South Canberra District Strategy”, for submission in due course to the planning Minister and Authority. Attached is the latest version (Draft 4), based on input from the ISCCC member groups and the ISCCC Committee and with reference to the outcomes from the district 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.
We would appreciate it if anyone interested could have a look at the draft before the meeting and email any questions, comments, concerns etc beforehand to firstname.lastname@example.org so the meeting can focus on the most significant issues, eg. ‘urban intensification’, potentially affecting Deakin, Griffith, Narrabundah, and Yarralumla.ISCC District Strategy2