Territory Plan

Submission on Draft Variation No. 303 (DV303)

The Woden Valley Community Council (WVCC) requests that DV303 be withdrawn and an extensive conversation with the community and industry about the future of our established suburbs, based on evaluation of current policies and their impacts, infrastructure, population and sustainability, be undertaken prior to any amendments to the Territory Plan, which further impact on the ability of people to enjoy their homes.
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Media Release – Draft Variation 303


The Woden Valley Community Council wants the Draft Variation No. 303 to the Territory Plan to be withdrawn.

The Council’s Vice President, Dr Jenny Stewart said ‘it was essential that there be an extensive conversation with the community and industry about the future of our established suburbs, based on proper evaluation of current residential policies, infrastructure, population and sustainability, prior to any such changes to the Territory Plan.’

Draft Variation (DV) No. 303 – Development Codes for Residential Zones.

The WVCC has made representations to the Planning Minister (Andrew Barr) regarding the draft variation to the ACT Plan relating to residential development.
Read the Council letter and the ministerial r4esponse »…

Proposed Changes to the Territory Plan will allow for more Urban Infill in Canberra’s established suburbs

Despite great concern amongst residents across Canberra’s older areas about the amount of large multi unit developments being built in their neighbourhoods, the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) proposes to change the residential codes in the Territory Plan to allow even more of these developments to proceed. ACTPLA has issued Draft Variation No. 303 to the Territory Plan (DV303) for community consultation with the deadline for comments closing on 23 August 2010.


Woden Valley Community Council supports appropriate urban infill but does not support ad hoc redevelopment based on poor design, over scale and overshadowing, and with no consultation.  WVCC is urging residents to provide their views on DV303 before the closing date. See attached document for further details…

DV303 is on ACTPLA’s website and comments can be made directly to ACTPLA by close of business 23 August 2010 or to Woden Valley Community Council who will be making a submission on behalf of members. Comments to WVCC for consideration in our submission can be made to wvcc@bigpond.net.au by COB Friday 20 August.

Proposed major changes to planning in the ACT – period for comment closes soon

The period for comment on two important draft variations to the Territory Plan closes soon.

Draft variation 301 proposes introducing a new estate development code that will ensure 95 per cent of single dwelling blocks in new estates meet new improved solar access rules. It will also streamline development assessment by incorporating some Department of Territory and Municipal Services standards into the code.


Comments close on draft variation 301 on Monday 16 August 2010.

Draft variation 303 aims to incorporate leading practice solar access provisions into the residential housing development code. The variation also includes new rules for secondary residences, sometimes referred to as granny flats.

Comments close on draft variation 303 on Monday 23 August 2010.

Comments on Draft Variation to the Territory Plan Number 302 –Community Facility Zone etc.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide comment on the above Draft Variation to the Territory Plan. WVCC has the following concerns with respect to the proposed Variation.
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Canberra Social Plan 2004

A reminder about two of our Council’s upcoming special events. On July 7 we are hosting a special Public Forum on Canberra ‘s Social Plan. Guest Forum members include Dawn Casey, chairwoman of the ACT Cultural Council, and a recently appointed member of the new Canberra Inclusion Board; Robin Brown, President of the ACT Council of Social Service and recently appointed to Inclusion Board; Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director, Uniting Care Australia, and recently appointed to the Inclusion Board; Richard Arthur, Phoenix Group; Paul Gamp, Chairman of ACT Council of Cultural and Community Organisations, Sally Richardson, Canberra Times journalist; Mary Porter, CEO Volunteering ACT; Cathy Hudson, Director Policy Unit, Chief Minister’s Department and representatives from Woden Community Service.”


We hope to see many of you at that meeting on 7 July, 7.30pm in the Aegean Room upstairs at the Hellenic Club, Woden.

WVCC’s Annual Art Show: “Woden – Up Close and Personal” will open on 30 July at the Woden Library. Details of the show including conditions of entry and an entry form are available at the web-site

http://www.sutherland-studios.com.au/artshow/ or by phoning the convenor, Denise Sutherland

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