Current Issues

25 February 2017

It should have been a straightforward knock-down rebuild. DA201629546, authorising the demolition of the existing dwelling and the construction of a two-storey house, was approved by the government on 19 July 2016.  That should have meant that the building complied with the planning rules, but it wasn’t long before the neighbours realised something was wrong.
The southern boundary wall looked to be far too high (Fig 1).  The height of the wall should not exceed 2.6 m to allow reasonable solar access, the approved plan indicates a height of 3.4 m (see Figure 2) and in fact what has been built is about 4.3m high. The neighbour’s solar access has been severely compromised.
But there was more. On further examination, we found that the 50% mandatory plot ratio rule appears to have been significantly exceeded.  The awnings at the front of the building exceed the building line by more than the permitted 60 cm; the rear set-back of a cabana should have been 3 m but is only 1.6 m and the prescribed building envelope on the northern side of the building is penetrated by over 1.0m.

Questions for government?
How and why was the original plan approved?
The building being constructed deviates significantly from the approved plans – how was this allowed to happen?
What is the government going to do ensure the building complies with the planning rules?
Are any penalties to be applied for non-compliance?
What steps are going to be taken to ensure that a similar situation does not occur on another site?

We await a response.

The GNCA’s letter to David Jeffrey in the Chief Minister’s Directorate indicating that the GNCA has no difficulty with the proposed relocation of Easts’ Rugby clubs storage sheds at Griffith Oval, on the basis of certain undetakings given by Easts’, can be read here

The GNCA’s submission on Draft Variation 348 “Incorporating Active Living Principals into the Territory Plan” can be read here.

While we support the idea we feel the DV as drafted will be ineffective.

The GNCA’s letter to Gary Rake alerting him that the development at 16 Landsborough St exceeded the mandatory maximum plot ratio of 50% can be read here

The GNCA’s letter to Gary Rake alerting him to breaches in the DA approval at 16 Landsborough St and in particular that the wall constructed on the solar fence line was 4.4m high rather than the permitted 2.4m can be read here

The GNCA’s letter to Meegan Fitzharris, Minister for Transport and City Services, seeking the introduction of a 40 kph limit on Captian Cook Cr between Murray Cr and Canberra Av can be read here

The GNCA’s letter to the Chief Minister urging improved coordination between Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate and Transport and City Services Directorate to enable more effective protection of trees and verges during construction activity can be read here

Tony Powell, the legendary former head of the National Capital Development Commission, recently addressed the Annual General Meeting of the Kingston and Barton Residents’ Group (KBRG).  His advice is as relevant to the GNCA as it is to KBRG and we have made it available here.

We received a disappointing response from Dorte Ekelund to our letter to the Chief Minister.  We feel that this did not tell us anything new and added little to the discussion.  The letter can be read here

The GNCA’s letter to the Chief Minister on the Zoning of these two developments can be read here.