Tag Archives: planning

Densification issues

The last few months have been very busy with assessing and responding to development applications relevant to FOHV, where appropriate.  Since March, we have lodged four submissions dealing with overdensification of a site in Weetangera; reconsideration of a 20-bed boarding house in a standard residential area of Giralang (ACTPLA’s original decision to reject this DA has just been confirmed); addition of a second residence in Page with a double carport proposed in the front yard; and three adaptive dwellings (suitable for people with minor disabilities) proposed for corner of Belconnen Way and Springvale Drive, Weetangera.  These submissions are available here.


How complicated can a planning framework be?

On 20 August, Friends of Hawker Village Incorporated held its Annual General Meeting and elected a new committee.  The committee members for this year are shown on the About Us page.  The highlight of the AGM was a dissertation by a Canberra planner on the planning framework.  This comprises a hierarchy of commercial centres – Civic Centre, group centres (such as Hawker) and local centres (such as Weetangera); the division of responsibility between the National Capital Plan and the Territory Plan – reflected in the division between National Land and Territory Land, as well as designated land and leasehold land.  The other important distinction is within the Territory Plan.  Each suburb has a Precinct Map and special provisions that apply to individual blocks are included in the Precinct Code.  Any provision in a Precinct Code takes priority over a similar provision in the relevant Development Code, eg. building height on a specific Hawker block might be higher in the Precinct Code than that specified in the Commercial Zones Development Code which would otherwise apply.  Likewise, provisions in a Development Code take precedence over any similar provision in the General Code.  A master plan helps to clarify how the different rules and criteria apply.