MICK Gentleman says approximately 6500 dwellings including retail and community infrastructure will be developed in west Belconnen with a 360 ha nature reserve created along the Murrumbidgee River.
“Proposed development in NSW immediately adjacent to the ACT border could accommodate a further 5000 dwellings and could potentially add another 220 ha to the conservation corridor,” Mick said.
“The required amendment to the National Capital Plan was recently approved by the Australian Government and I am pleased to announce that Variation 351 to the Territory Plan commenced today. This means that the area of land immediately west of the suburbs of Holt and Macgregor is now rezoned for urban development.
“Public consultation for Variation 351 was undertaken jointly with the National Capital Authority for six weeks from late May to early July 2015.
“Under Variation 351 a full-line supermarket at the new West Belconnen commercial centre will be allowed eight years after the variation commences. This will encourage new residents from west Belconnen to use existing commercial centres until the population in West Belconnen grows to a size that requires its own full-line supermarket.
“The development potential of west Belconnen was previously recognised in the Canberra Spatial Plan and then in the ACT Planning Strategy. I am excited with the scene we have set for the development in west Belconnen,” Minister Gentleman concluded.