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WODEN TOWN CENTRE REPORT RELEASED

Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No. 344: Woden Town Centre: Zone changes and amendments to the Phillip precinct map and code

The Assembly’s Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services has released its report on the Inquiry into Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No. 344: Woden Town Centre: Zone changes and amendments to the Phillip precinct map and code.

The draft variation proposed to amend the Territory Plan map by rezoning a number of selected areas, including:

  • parts of the open space area south of the Callam Offices to permit community facilities,
  • the residential zoning of some residential and suburban core land in to permit higher density residential development; and
  • changing of an open space shared path along Athllon Drive and Swinger Hill from residential to urban open space.

It also proposed to amend the Phillip Precinct Code and Map. Some of these changes included:

  • building heights to the centre of potentially up to 28 storeys, as well as selected sites where marker buildings will be permitted;
  • built form provisions which nominate building setbacks and active frontage requirements; and
  • solar access provision for buildings around Woden Town Square.

Whilst the Committee recommended that the Draft Variation proceed, it raised a number of concerns and made 31 recommendations. These included:

  • limitations and conditions in relation to the proposed heights of buildings, including marker buildings;
  • controls on solar access and overshadowing, particularly in relation to Woden Town Square;
  • limitations on the use of proposed community facilities land;
  • the provision of more green space;
  • the establishment of a Community Hub;
  • the time it took the ACT Government to complete the master plan process and draft variation;
  • the difficulty of understanding the process and content of the planning documents; and
  • more consultation and discussion between the ACT Government and developers in the Woden Town Centre, particularly in regards to making empty buildings safe, the provision of community facilities, the future of the ice rink and pool and the provision of a supermarket in Woden Green.

The Committee also recommended improving pedestrian connections and wayfinding between the town centre and Eddison Park and raised the possibility of including in the draft variation provisions that would allow a produce market; a night-time entertainment precinct; adaptations for light rail and the incorporation of safe cycle and pedestrian networks.

The Chair of the Committee, Ms Caroline Le Couteur MLA stated:

‘The Committee particularly focused its recommendations on ensuring any development in the Woden Town Centre improves the amenity of Woden. The renewal of public areas and the provision of adequate and accessible social, recreation, education and cultural facilities were key concerns.’

Ms Le Couteur also thanked those who contributed to the inquiry:

‘The Committee greatly appreciated the input from community organisations and individuals into what is a complex draft variation. I would also like to thank the Minister for Planning and Land Management and officials for contributing their time and expertise to the Committee’s inquiry.’

The Report is available via the Inquiry webpage:

https://www.parliament.act.gov.au/in-committees/standing-committees-current-assembly/standing-committee-on-planning-and-urban-renewal/draft-variation-to-the-territory-plan-no-344-woden-town-centre-zone-changes-and-amendments-to-the-phillip-precinct-map-and-code#tab-1091991-6


For more information contact:

Committee Chair, Caroline Le Couteur MLA on 620 51941

Committee Secretary, Ms Annemieke Jongsma on 620 51253

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