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I have discussed the progress with the Leasing Section who informed me that, as part of the assessment, the leasing section have been liaising with the Environmental Division to understand the environmental values of the site. Subsequently, further information has been requested from the applicant under s141 of the Planning and Development Act 2007. The further information requested included supporting documentation relating to the suitability of the gross floor area (GFA) proposed on the site, including indicative plans, and also information addressing a number of matters raised by Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) relating to the traffic impact study.
The application is currently waiting for the submission of the further information before the assessment can progress any further.
Dominic Riches | Development Assessment Officer
Phone 02 6205 1834 | Fax 02 6207 1856
Planning Delivery Division | Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate | ACT Government
The Red Hill Regenerators provided on 23 July 2018, a submission to the Legislative Assembly Inquiry into Engagement with Development Application Processes in the ACT. The six page submission is highly critical of the current approach, and made six recommendations. The submission is published here… and here… (more…)
Republished from Riot ACT 8 July 2018
I enjoy my Sunday mornings with a cup of tea, the weekend paper, and the chirping of a jackhammer down the road as much as the next man. Indeed, I can’t help but admire the determination with which the ACT Government is literally laying down the trackwork to make sure that its growing population doesn’t outstrip its infrastructural expansion. (more…)
Following a request from the Red Hill Regenerators under the Freedom of Information Act 1989, for all relevant documents concerning the proposal by developer Hindmarsh to develop parts of Section 66 Deakin, the following 83 pdf documents were received on 19 June 2018.
The Deputy Director-General, Land Strategy & Environment has invited community groups to attend the first meeting concerning the development of an Integrated Plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and Surrounds, on Monday 7 May 2018. The agenda for this meeting can be seen here. Reports from this and future meetings will be posted here.
Developer and leasee of S66 Deakin, Hindmarsh P/L, has requested approval for a lease variation to increase the maximum permitted GFA of buildings on Block 7 and 8 of S66 by a factor of 41, from 500sqm to 20,500sqm, for the purpose of constructing a multi-storey self-storage facility. The concept in the application shows three distinct storage structure options with associated hardstand, car parking, landscaping and self-storage units.
This proposal is an alternative to the earlier proposal to construct 500 apartments on S66.
From Ben Ponton, Director-General, EPSDD
As per the Assembly resolution, the directorate is in the process of analysing existing material and identifying what additional work needs to be done, to ensure that we can have an informed discussion.
Engagement with interested parties is a key part of developing an integrated plan and we will engage as soon as is practical once our initial analysis is complete.
I’d encourage you to remain in contact with the directorate’s Deputy Director-General Land Strategy and Environment, Dr Erin Brady, who is leading this work on behalf of the directorate. Of course, we’ll be in contact as soon as we’re ready.____________________________
Ben Ponton | Director-General
Phone +61 2 6207 8359
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate | ACT Government
On 6 January 2018, the President, Red Hill Regenerators wrote to the Commonwealth Office of Compliance, Dept of Environment and Energy, and the Compliance Officer ACT Government, about possible environmental damage resulting from ad hoc spoil dumping on S66 Deakin. He wrote:
Complaint re dumping of spoil on Critically Endangered Yellow Box – Red Gum Woodland at Lots 7 and 8 Section 66 Deakin, ACT.
The Red Hill Regenerators are a community group that has been caring for Red Hill for more than 25 years. In terms of remnant size (400ha), plant diversity (250+ plant species), number of rare and threatened species (30+) and connectivity, Red Hill supports one of the most significant Yellow Box – Red Gum woodland patches remaining anywhere. (more…)
The Red Hill Regenerators wrote on 24 January 2018 to the Minister for Planning and Land Management, Environment and Heritage, Mick Gentleman, MLA, to express concern that processes associated with the proposed development of S66 Deakin may be proceeding in a way that risks decisions being made with incomplete or incorrect information.
The letter was accompanied by a critique of the Ecological report prepared for the developer, to illustrate the above concerns.
A copy of this correspondence was also forwarded to Mr Ben Ponton, Director General, EPSD.
- Letter dated 24 January 2018 to Minister Gentleman
- Attachment to letter – critique of Ecological Report
- Attachment to letter – Area to be included in the strategic review of open space adjacent to the Red Hill Nature Reserve
- Details of s66, Deakin proposed development, including consultant reports referred to in correspondence with the Minister