Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 16 August 2017) . . Page.. 2791 ..
utilise the renewal opportunities that will open up. The draft variation consultation has highlighted what is important to the local community to help us deliver better planning outcomes, like high quality public spaces and built environments that people enjoy using.
A roundtable discussion was held in late May—with Mr Steel facilitating—with approximately 50 representatives from a cross-section of the community, from private individuals, community and professional groups, developers, building owners and architects. The work on the draft variation has opened discussion on residential and commercial opportunities, public and community space, active and public transport, community services and the renewal of older buildings in Woden.
Planning changes proposed by the Woden variation permit increased levels of residential development along public transport routes and the development of additional community facilities close to the town centre. The variation will have the interim effect for applications lodged after Wednesday, 26 July (Time expired.)
MR STEEL: Minister, can you provide further detail on the proposed changes to the Territory Plan regarding Woden?
MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Steel for the supplementary. The proposed variations to the Territory Plan for the Woden town centre have an important role to play in the development of Woden as, as I have said, a transport hub.
As I said in my answer to the first question, the planning changes proposed will permit increased levels of residential development along the transport corridor routes and the development of additional community facilities close to the town centre. The proposed Territory Plan changes complement significant ACT government investment in Woden, including the relocation of over 1,000 ACT Health and Access Canberra staff to the town centre, the upgrade to the bus interchange and the upgrade of Phillip oval. By bringing more people to the town centre and increasing public transport options, the government is supporting the development of Woden as a transport hub.
The draft variation rezones selected areas, including parts of the open space area south of the Callum Offices, to permit community facilities, upgrading the residential zoning of land in Woden Green near the corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Callum Street, as well as land along Athllon Drive, to permit higher density development.
The draft variation introduces building heights to the centre potentially up to 28 storeys, as well as selected sites where marker buildings will be permitted to assist the identification of the centre. The draft variation also retains the existing planning requirements for community facilities to be provided within the centre, and proposes additional community facility land for future facilities. The draft variation also includes heritage requirements for the protection of the Callum Offices heritage character through height controls around the offices.
MR PETTERSSON: Minister, how will active travel be supported in Woden to further contribute to the development of Woden town centre as a transport hub?