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 in addition to the leisure and accommodation uses currently allowed under the 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.

What's next:

The Government will consider the findings from the preliminary consultation process and planning report and, if appropriate, progress a Variation to the Territory Plan.

There will be a statutory consultation stage if a Territory Plan Variation is progressed.

A detailed site assessment will be undertaken by Lanterra Consulting as part of the normal planning and development process. Work will include the sampling of soil and water on the sites to identify a management strategy, if required. The process will comply with the ACT Government’s 2017 Contamination Sites Environmental Protection Policy.

These site investigations are scheduled for 26 June to 19 July 2019, weather permitting. You will see activity on the site, including soil sampling and sampling of groundwater. The works will take place from Monday to Friday during regular business hours.

For more information about what’s happening on-site please see our frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions or concerns or would like to report an issue, please call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or email the project team at

Map of North Watson Section 74 and 76