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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
On 5 January 2018 the President, Red Hill Regenerators asked Mr David Power Manager, Environmental Quality Construction, Environment and WorkPlace Protection, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate (CMTEDD), the following: (more…)
From The Riot Act 3 January 2018. By Paul Costigan
‘Someone needs to ask the ACT Planning Minister why his planning directorate continues to encourage local residents to form residents’ associations to oppose inappropriate developments. It has happened all over Canberra and now it is happening in Campbell.
‘The formula is simple: The Planning Directorate (Authority?) allows an inappropriate DA to progress and then up pops a residents group wanting to maintain their suburb as a livable and sustainable urban environment….
‘What has been allowed to go out for consultations has so many faults that one can only surmise that the compliance regime now depends on the residents doing the work to identify the faults, to have it amended or totally disallowed’
In response to a letter dated 12 September 2017 from the Regenerators, which expressed a number of concerns regarding the S66 proposed multi storey apartment development, the Director General, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate replied on 20 December 2017 to confirm that ‘no planning decisions will be made until the integrated plan has been prepared in accordance with the resolution [dated 25 October 2017] of the Legislative Assembly’.
The Minister for Planning, Mick Gentleman delivered a response on 2 February 2018 to the Assembly regarding the petition. More…
From Riot Act 1 December 2017
Pressure is mounting on the ACT’s planning authority to devise a Master Plan for the Red Hill as opposition grows to two major development proposals on its south-western side. (more…)