Planning rules for ‘granny flats’, student accommodation and retirement housing are the subject of an issues paper released today by the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA). Chief Planning Executive Neil Savery said the paper—Special residential and nonresidentialuses in residential zones— would be available for public consultation until 11 December. “This paper, which is part of general review of policy in the Territory Plan, discusses non-standard and non-residential uses in residential zones, and invites comment on possible policy changes,” Mr Savery said. “It’s looking at planning rules for buildings such as boarding houses, student accommodation and ‘granny flats’.
ABC News ran an interesting story in their 09 October 2009 evening news bulletin reporting on an innovative solution adopted by the Australian National University to address the student accommodation shortage in the ACT.