Call for Submissions
The Minister for Planning has referred Draft Variation 364 (DV364) of the ACT Territory Plan to the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Planning, Transport, and City Services. The Planning committee is conducting an inquiry into DV364 and is calling for submissions.
If you care about the future of the Gungahlin Town Centre please make a submission. You don’t have to be a town planning expert – just describe what you want and expect to be part of a completed town centre. More details and background can be found below. Perhaps think about
- employment – what creates jobs in a town centre
- retail – outlets, experience
- commercial spaces – large scale offices, smaller businesses
- community facilities – youth, arts, community groups, rooms, spaces, seniors
- traffic and parking
- active travel – walking, cycling, scooters
- parks – places for kids to play, and to sit, eat, drink
- entertainment – cafes, pubs, clubs, restaurants, cinema, etc.
Details for how to make a submission (copied from the Committee’s website):
There are few rules for submissions, only that they must be relevant, written and received before the closing date. Include your name, phone number, and postal and email addresses, before sending your submission in either digital or physical form to one of these addresses:
- By email (preferred): LAcommitteePTCS@parliament.act.gov.au
- By post: Standing Committee on Planning, Transport, and City Services, ACT Legislative Assembly, GPO Box 1020, Canberra ACT 2601
Submissions received by the committee may be published online, but personal contact details will be removed.
Closing date for submissions is 5pm on 30 June 2021. If you have any difficulty meeting this deadline, please request an extension.
Need help? Check out our guide to writing a submission for tips and advice.
What is Draft Variation 364 ?
DV364 is proposing changes to the way land is allocated for use in the Gungahlin Town Centre. It is a proposal to change the Gungahlin Town Centre Pre3cinct Code (see What is the Territory Plan below) as follows:
- Opening up all of the Gungahlin East Precinct to “mixed-use” development
- Belatedly, introducing more sensible height controls
- Reducing the amount of land reserved for commercial office space from 100,000 m2 to 65,000 m2
- Rather than reserving land for community facilities, allowing them to be provided through “equivalent floor space within a mixed use development”
- Changing the names and boundaries of sub-precincts within the town centre
- Relocating nominated public car park from block 2 section 229 to block 2 section 11 (between Ernest Cavanagh Street and Hibberson Street)
- Improving requirements for the public domain.
The GCC is strongly opposed to the changes proposoed in DV364, and critical of the process by which it was developed. These sort of planning rule have failed Gungahlin for 30 years and are not supporting the development og a viable town centre. Several artuicles on the GCC website provide more information on DV364:
- GCC Submission to Gungahlin Town Centre Planning Refresh (DV364)
- Call to Suspend the Sale of Land within the Gungahlin Town Centre
What is the ACT Territory Plan ?
ACT Territory Plan is made up of:
- Strategic directions
- A map showing Zones
- For each Zone, douments that detail the objectives for the that Zone
- Codes, which describe local area (precinct) or functional details (like parking rules)
The ACT Planning Strategy 2018 has these high level planning goals for the ACT:
- Compact and Efficient
- Sustainable and Resilient
Zones and Codes