Territory Plan

Draft Variation 200

Draft Variation number 200 to The Territory Plan (DV 200) is possibly the most significant change to Canberra suburban lifestyle since the Plan’s introduction in 1983.[teaserbreak]

The background. Prior to the last ACT election, the ALP issued their “Planning and Land Management Policy for Canberra ” indicating that Neighbourhood Plans would be established “to set out planning rules for individual suburbs and identify where, and what sort of, development is and is not appropriate”. A Neighbourhood Plan would “set out where dual occupancy and multi unit development is appropriate…” The policy stated that “Labor will focus higher density residential development around our Town Centres and Group Centres”. Group Centres in Woden/Weston are Curtin, Mawson and Weston Creek. The Policy further stated that “Labor will also continue to support the establishment of higher density corridors of residential development along Intertown public transport routes”.

What are some DV 200 proposals. Under DV 200 any residential block of 700 square metres or more, in any suburb can be subjected to Dual Occupancy consideration. This effectively allows any residential blocks to be split down to 350 square metres.

In addition, under DV 200, multi unit development – eg 12 units on 3 former residential blocks – will be permitted, subject to conditions, within approximately 200 metres of all shopping centres, including your local shops.

If you are interested in these matters you can contact your MLA or the Minister for Planning; or you can read more about these proposed changes in PALM’s publication entitled “Preserving the Garden City”. Phone 62071926

The Woden Valley Community Council will be hosting a public meeting concerning the recent fires on Wednesday 2 April, (not 19 March) 7.30 pm in the Orpheus Room, Hellenic Club, where there will be guest speakers and information sharing about resident, recovery and enquiry issues.

Canberra Spatial Plan 2003

By the time this article appears, the Minister for Planning will have launched the Canberra Draft Spatial Plan. Woden Community Council hopes that Woden – and the other satellite town centres – get fair treatment, and are not left to wither on the vine as Civic gets all the attention; or there is some other digression.

Of all the satellite town centres, Gungahlin has certainly been the most shabbily treated. We look to the ACT government to give emphasis to completing the general “Y” plan upon which Canberra is based. No plan is ever set in concrete, but chopping and changing for no particular reason does not allow for well-planned infrastructure or community or business development.

Woden Town Centre has a lot going for it. It is centrally located, its buildings make a bold statement in a beautiful valley, it has good inter-town transport links, it has good business and shopping facilities, office buildings are being upgraded or renewed, sporting grounds and amenities are mostly good, the general landscape architecture and surrounding parks are pleasing, and residential development in the town centre will, we hope, bring even more pluses.


Its community and cultural facilities are however very wanting. We have no Cultural and Arts Centre? We have no Town Hall? We have no large conference or community meeting rooms? (The Clubs go part of the way in filling this gap, and they are to be complemented.) Our Community Service is struggling in an inappropriate building, hidden behind other buildings, with two parking spots for some 170 staff.

With some emphasis on the satellite towns in the Spatial Plan it is possible that some of these deficiencies can be addressed. Our Council is hosting an information and feedback evening on the Draft Spatial Plan 13 November, 6 – 8.00pm at the Woden Community Service in Corinna St . All are welcome.

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