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Deakin S66 Development Application refused

A development application was submitted to the ACT Dept of Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development on 16 April 2018, seeking to increase a storage facility from 500m2 to 20,500m2. This application was refused on 17 April 2019 on a number of grounds, including that an Environmental Impact Statement is required. More…

Riot ACT report of 24 April 2019

Asbestos contamination on Red Hill

Part of the old tip site, located at the north end of Red Hill Reserve close to the Kent St/Carruthers Street, Hughes intersection is contaminated with asbestos and has been fenced off with a temporary metal fencing for some years. Recently the ACT Government decided that this contaminated land will be remediated and replanted to mitigate any residual hazards from the asbestos.

In response to a 15 February 2019 request from the Red Hill Regenerators for more detail concerning the remediation proposal, the following information has been provided: (more…)

Significant trees adjacent to Red Hill nominated for protection

A member of the Hughes community has written to City Services minister, Chris Steel MLA seeking protection for 18 red gum trees located on Sections 57, 66 and 78. In his response dated 14 February 2019, Mr Steel stated: (more…)

FGC development EIS must wait for the Red Hill Integrated Plan

On 15 October 2018, MBark submitted an application to the Commonwealth Dept of Environment & Energy for an Environmental Impact Statement (2018/8277) to be prepared regarding the proposed residential development on part of the Federal Golf Club. This application was confirmed by the DoE&E on 17 December 2018.

On 9 January 2019, in an email to the Director General, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, the co-convenor of the Garran and Hughes Residents’ Action Group (GHRAG) requested that the EIS not proceed pending completion of the Red Hill Integrated Plan (more…)

On 1 February 2019, in a reply to the GHRAG, the DG,EPSDD confirmed that the proposed EIS would not proceed pending completion of the Red Hill Integrated Plan (more…)

Deakin S66: Developer response to community comments

Purdon Planning P/L has provided the following reports in response to community comments regarding the proposed development of S66 Deakin, adjacent to the Deakin Telephone Exchange building, Kent Street.

18 September 2018: Purdon Planning Pty Ltd on behalf of Hindmarsh constructions submitted a Development Application (DA) for Section 66 in Deakin for a proposed storage facility. This memo is in response to the submissions received on the DA with ecological concerns. More…

29 November 2018: SMEC was commissioned by Hindmarsh Pty Ltd (Hindmarsh) to conduct a traffic study for the proposed development of a self-storage facility on Blocks 7&8, Section 66 Deakin. A Transport Assessment Report was previously produced by Opus detailing the impact of a residential development on the site. The analysis in this report is based on the same observed AM and PM peak hour traffic volumes at intersections along Kent Street as used by Opus. Blocks 7&8 Section 66 Deakin are currently undeveloped land behind the existing defence installation occupying block 6. This study includes traffic generation based on trip generation rates taken from the Institution of Transportation Engineers (ITE), traffic distribution based on existing traffic on Kent Street and intersection analysis using SIDRA Intersection. Report, Appendix A: Input volumes, Appendix B: Movement summaries.

Deakin S66 proposed development: update

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.

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Dominic Riches | Development Assessment Officer
Phone 02 6205 1834 | Fax 02 6207 1856
Planning Delivery Division | Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate | ACT Government

Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street, Dickson | GPO Box 1908 Canberra ACT 2601 | www.planning.act.gov.au

Engagement with the Development Application (DA) process

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…)

Section 66, Deakin and the fight to preserve Canberra as the Bush Capital

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…)

Deakin S66 development proposal: FoI documents released

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.

  1. FoI decision letter
  2. FoI schedule of documents
  3. FoI documents part 1 (11Mb)
  4. FoI documents part 2 (10Mb)

S66 Deakin development: comments requested by 25 May 2018

Members of the community are invited to comment on the recent proposal by developer Hindmarsh, to build 20,000sqm of self storage sheds on part of S66 Deakin, adjacent to the Red Hill Nature Reserve (reported in the Canberra Times on 1 May 2018).  The Red Hill Regenerators have provided comments on the ecological assessment report which was prepared by the developer, and has emailed our response on 24 May 2018 to this development here…
Comments close on 25 May 2018

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