June 2022 Newsletter

The ACT Government recently released a guide for how to integrate climate-wise landscape design principles in new developments. It is intended to assist in the planning and design of climate resilient landscapes, including merging green landscapes with urban structures where possible and maximising trees and plants on the block. The guide is worth reading for anyone interested in the principles of climate resilient planning, but it’s another question entirely as to whether these principles can be integrated into new developments. A recent article by The RiotACT’s Ian Bushnell on a new dual occupancy development in Torrens highlights this tension, describing a

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ACT Housing Evictions

Public housing tenant relocations: response from Yvette Berry MLA, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, and Rebecca Vassarotti MLA, Minister for Homelessness and Housing.

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May 2022 Newsletter

One of the novel aspects of debates about local planning laws and regulations is how technical and complex the rules are, requiring one to have an incredibly strong grasp of the Territory Plan, of ‘development codes’, ‘zone objectives,’ what is or is not permitted in particular zones, and the roles of different government agencies. Yet despite their opacity, these rules have fundamental implications for our streets and suburbs. They shape where we live and how we navigate our city, and yet it often feels like one must need tertiary qualifications in planning to understand them. In the past month, this

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April 2022 Newsletter

The federal election campaign is in full swing, as evidenced by the corflutes dotted around North Canberra’s roads and front gardens. What makes this election different however is the wide range of candidates who are genuine contenders to represent North Canberra at a federal level. While many of the issues often raised by the North Canberra community generally fall under the jurisdiction of the ACT Government, we have been tracking the North Canberra-specific announcements by the federal candidates. A (non-exhaustive) list of such election commitments from the major candidates is detailed below. Labor has recently pledged $5 million for cycle

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Agenda: General Meeting 7pm 18 May 2022 

Rebecca Vassarotti MLA, Minister for the Environment, and Peter Cain MLA, Shadow Minister for Planning and Land Management, will join the meeting to listen in and participate in a discussion on the NCCC perspective on Draft Variation 369 (Living Infrastructure in Residential Zones), relating to the management of trees in Canberra’s urban landscape.

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March 2022 Newsletter

While the phrase ‘urban renewal’ is often used to characterise the pace of development in North Canberra in recent years, the phrase feels particularly jarring when considering social housing tenants who have lived in North Canberra for decades who now found themselves facing a forced relocation away from their homes. As reported by the Canberra Times, hundreds of inner north ACT housing tenants have been served with eviction notices to facilitate the ACT Government’s ‘Growth and Renewal Program’. Last week, we released a statement requesting the ACT Government reconsider its decision to evict the tenants. Our statement also called for any

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ACT Housing Evictions

The North Canberra Community Council requests the ACT Government reconsider the decision to notify 300 plus ACT Housing tenants that they will be relocated whether or not they agree.

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Latest DAs

27 Limestone Avenue, Reid, ACT - DA: 202241243 Closes: 2023-02-13;

PROPOSAL FOR NEW DWELLING - Demolition of existing dwelling, construction of a new two storey dwelling with attached garage, swimming pool and associated works.

Northbourne Avenue, Morphett Street, Dickson, ACT - DA: 201733114 Closes: 2023-02-16;

AMENDMENT TO APPROVED DA201733114 - S197K. Amendment to the development application for construction of two new 9 storey developments comprising 143 dwellings, two levels of basement parking, landscaping and associated works. The development proposes a partially covered roof terrace on the upper level of both new buildings. Changes to the heritage building on the site to accommodate non retail commercial use are also included in the proposal. - the amendment is to make adjustments to the basement, cores, building services, carpark layout, storage, structural layout, floor levels and vehicle ramps, updates to the façade materials and finishes, roof terraces adjusted, landscaping adjustments, waste enclosure amended, and associated works.

15 David Street, O'connor, ACT - DA: 202241066 Closes: 2023-02-16;

PROPOSAL FOR MULTI UNIT DEVELOPMENT AND LEASE VARIATION - demolition of the existing dwelling, structures and garage, the construction of 3 new three storey dwellings, double garages, tree removal, landscaping and associated works. Lease Variation to permit three (3) dwellings.

8 Busby Street, O'connor, ACT - DA: 202241254 Closes: 2023-02-07;

PROPOSAL FOR DWELLING ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS - partial demolition and construction of new addition to the existing dwelling, alfresco and associated works.

49 Coranderrk Street, Reid, ACT - DA: 202241148 Closes: 2023-02-06;

PROPOSAL FOR NEW DWELLING - demolition of existing dwelling, detached garage, carport, shed and driveway, construction of new dwelling with basement, driveway, pool, landscaping, and associated works.

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