What’s on the boil?

June 19, 2011

in Past Issues

You can always take the opportunity to tell the planners and your local MLAs what you think. It’s time to stop this ad hoc piecemeal planning in our suburbs.  Write letters to the Editor of the Canberra Times or the Editor of The Chronicle or write to your MLAs.

Rezoning of Brumbies’ site

  • 14 March – We lodged the objection against DV307 – the rezoning of the Brumbies’ site for apartment building
  • 5 April – We wrote to the Chief Minister and all MLAs reinforcing the objections and seeking an opportunity to discuss with them
  • 14 April – We met with Simon Corbell, MLA, to discuss our concerns
  • 12 May – We met with MLAs, Caroline Le Couteur and Shane Rattenbury, to discuss matters


Baptist Aged Care Facility

  • 10 March – we lodged an appeal against DA201018575 – the size and character of the building for the site
  • 14 April – we attended the mediation session at ACAT, with no successful resolution
  • we lodged FOI requests with Chief Minister’s Department, Department of Land & Property Services, ACTPLA and TAMS and obtained documents to assist in our case
  • now preparing for hearing to be held 18 – 22 July


New Star Restaurant, Griffith Shops, Redevelopment

  • 6 July 2011 – Redevelopment of  DA201018251 approved subject to several amendments:
  1. Reduced floor area and revised basement floor;
  2. Deletion of outdoor seating area;
  3. New outdoor room/balcony to rear of the block;
  4. Windows and doors revised; and,
  5. Internal floor plan revised – new internal disable access ramp; airlock to front entry etc.
  • GNCA advised that development will be modelled on Rock Salt in Hawker.  Still concerned about noise impacts on local residents from this development.


ACTPLA Planning Variation Proposals

  • ACTPLA advised of DV302 planning variations which include significant neighbourhood planning issues.
  • 23 May – we lodged a submission.


ACTPLA rejects Baptists’ proposal to redevelop Morling Lodge

  • ACT Planning and Land Authority has rejected the development application by the Baptist Community Services to redevelop the aged care facility at Morling Lodge, Red Hill.
  • ACTPLA’s CEO Neil Savery said that the BCS application for five two-storey buildings containing 114 independent living units was inconsistent with the Territory Plan.
  • According to the decision, the application did not respect the surrounding areas, was inconsistent with the Red Hill Neighbourhood Plan and provided poor outcomes for it’s future residents, with insufficient solar access, insufficient private open space and poor pedestrian access to adjoining streets.
  • The full decision can be found at ACTPLA’s website.


Stuart Street Apartments Development

  • appeal lodged by residents against DA201017954 and 201018065. Their report so far:
  • five days before the hearing start, developers advised that the proposal was changed – by converting proposed four x three bedroom apartments into four x two bedroom apartments, so proposal now for construction of 14 two bedroom apartments and 17 one bedroom apartments
  • changes had the effect of reducing the plot ratio to below 50%, increasing solar access, reduce oversighting and other such difficulties, so the proposal was less likely to be rejected.
  • The matter has so far taken 3 days and will be continued on Friday 24 June and Monday 27 June.

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