Project status: In progress
Two sites in Watson next to the Federal Highway (see map) have been identified for possible future development. These blocks are currently zoned as CZ6 Leisure and Accommodation. They are listed on the ACT’s Indicative Land Release Program for 2020-21 and 2021-22. This urban renewal program is helping us build a compact, liveable city.
The ACT Government has already undertaken preliminary community consultation with the community. We have also started technical, planning and background studies. Any development options will be discussed with the community as the project progresses. This will include consultation on a variation to the Territory Plan to allow housing on the blocks.
We are looking at:
A planning report is being prepared on the proposed Territory Plan Variation to allow residential use which is not allowed under the current CZ6 zoning. A planning report investigates all potential impacts of any development, including:
- cumulative development pressure
- impacts to schools
- infrastructure and threatened species habitat.
- community’s comments on the proposed Territory Plan Variation.
Consultants SGS Economics and Planning undertook preliminary community consultation in June and July 2018 which will inform the planning report to be provided to ACT Government. See their report.
The ACT Government is undertaking detailed site assessments to finalise a site investigation report that is required for any proposed land-use changes and for preparing the land for sale. A first round of on-site evaluations took place in mid-2019, with a second round planned for the week commencing 25 May 2020. For more information on this work, please see our most recent letter to north Watson residents in the Documents section of this web page.
The Government will consider the findings from background and technical studies and preliminary consultation and will incorporate these into a planning report which will support any land-use changes proposed in future Territory Plan Variations.
There will be a statutory consultation stage if a Territory Plan Variation is progressed.
You can also find out about what’s happening on site by reading our frequently asked questions.