Project status: Open

Section 76 in north Watson, between Aspinall Street and the Federal Highway, has been identified for housing and a park and to protect habitat for wildlife.

How to have your say

We are seeking your feedback by 19 March 2021 on a draft place plan and development concept to guide future development of the site and on what you would like to see in the proposed public neighbourhood park. You can also comment on a draft variation to the Territory Plan that will allow for this urban renewal.

We are looking at:

The ACT’s urban renewal program is helping us build a compact, liveable city. Section 76, on the ACT’s Indicative Land Release Program, is part of that renewal.

The ACT Government has committed to provide on the site:

  • 150-200 new dwellings
  • Demonstration Housing project to showcase best practice design and trial different types of housing
  • a one-hectare neighbourhood park to provide north Watson residents with good quality, public open space
  • tree and landscape protection areas for wildlife, including the vulnerable Superb Parrot, to reduce urban heat, for enjoyment and general amenity.

The draft Territory Plan variation for Section 76 proposes to permit residential use, demonstration housing, a craft workshop and a social enterprise to help people build new skills. The proposed land-use zoning will also allow for some community and other uses and to protect important trees and landscape areas.

In 2018, Watson residents shared their visions and concerns for their suburb with the ACT Government during consultations on the future of Section 76 and Section 74. They wanted development on the two urban renewal sites between Aspinall Street and the Federal Highway in north Watson to be sensitive to the local character of the suburb. They wanted their suburb to be sustainable, inclusive, resilient, leafy and active. The preliminary consultation work informed the drafting of the Place Plan and Development Concept and the variation to the Territory Plan now out for comment.

This consultation focuses on Section 76, while planning continues on Section 74.

Colour-coded drawing of Section 76 north Watson showing housing of two to four storeys in blue and pink and park and habitat areas in green

We will use your views to:

Your views will be used to finalise the draft plan for the site, shape the new neighbourhood park, and inform the proposed Territory Plan variation.

The plan and draft Territory Plan variation, once finalised, will not approve any specific development. Future development proposals will still need to go through the development application process, which provides further opportunities for community comment.