Cooyong Street redevelopment plan approved

Released 20/02/2014


Plans to revitalise aging public housing stock in Braddon and Reid are moving forward after approval was given by the ACT Government on a planning variation for the site.

"This proposal paves the way for an innovative development with sustainable social, economic and environmental outcomes for the community," Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said.

Variation 308 to the Territory Plan includes revisions from community consultation and after consideration by the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services.

"The proposal contains a reduction in the originally proposed building height of 15 storeys to 12 storeys and the stepped nature of the redevelopment means that the bulk and scale of buildings should not have a negative impact on nearby residents.

"As well as higher density residential development the variation includes a requirement for a minimum of 5800 square metres of space for community facilities to be provided on the site. This is intended to retain community uses in this location over the longer term."

Most of the land subject to the variation is currently occupied by public housing, including Allawah Court, Currong Apartments and Bega Court, with the remainder of the land occupied by organisations linked to the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.

In response to concerns raisedduring community consultationMr Corbell requested additional investigations be undertaken in relation to views, shadows and car parking.  The draft variation was revised accordingly with the following changes:

  • Reduction of building heights across the site including the area fronting Kogarah Lane to 5-6 storeys.
  • Introduction of a plot ratio to guide the ultimate density of the site.
  • Inclusion of a statement of desired character to guide the bulk, scale and density of development across the site
  • Stipulation of a 9 metre building setback along Kogarah Lane and a landscape area across section 7 Reid to reduce potential impacts on Kogarah Lane
  • Introduction of a requirement for primary site access to Section 7 Reid via a stub road off the intersection of Cooyong and Akuna Streets
  • An increase in the number of on-street car parks to be provided.

"The variation will require offsite works including improvements to the footpaths along Cooyong Street and new linkages into Braddon to give better access to cyclists and pedestrians.  It increases the range of housing options for people wishing to live closer to where they work, where they shop and where there are cultural, recreational and commercial services.  

Mr Corbell will table the Variation in the Legislative Assembly during the February sitting period.  If the Legislative Assembly does not disallow the approved plan variation within five sitting days after tabling, a date for commencement of the variation will be set shortly after.  Redevelopment can begin following the necessary development application processes.

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