1.1 Purpose of report
The National Capital Plan (the Plan) is the strategy and blueprint giving effect to the Commonwealth’s interests and intentions for planning, designing and developing Canberra and the Territory. The National Capital Authority (NCA) is responsible for administering the Plan for the Australian Government.
One of NCA’s functions is to keep the Plan under constant review and propose amendments to it when necessary. The NCA undertakes public consultation on Draft Amendments to the Plan including submitting a copy of the Draft Amendment to the Territory planning authority and publishing a notice in a principal daily newspaper circulating in the Territory.
This report summarises the issues raised during the public consultation process undertaken by the National Capital Authority (NCA) for both Draft Amendment 85 – West Belconnen Urban Development (Draft Amendment 85) and Draft Amendment 86 – Revised National Capital Plan (Draft Amendment 86).
Draft Amendment 85 proposed to alter the land uses of West Belconnen from Hills, Ridges and Buffer Spaces and Broadacre Areas, to Urban Areas to facilitate urban development. A reconfiguration of the Murrumbidgee River Corridor was also proposed.
Draft Amendment 86 was the culmination of the first stage of a comprehensive review of the Plan and proposed a series of changes, primarily to the format and structure of the document but also some policy change. Draft Amendment 86 included the changes to the Plan as proposed by Draft Amendment 85.
To simplify the approvals process the NCA elected to combine the two proposals. The NCA sought consideration of Draft Amendment 86 only by the Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects as it encompassed the changes to the Plan as proposed by Draft Amendment 85.
On 1 October 2015, Draft Amendment 86 was released for public consultation. The public consultation period ran for six weeks in accordance with the NCA’s ‘Commitment to Community Engagement (February 2015)’, concluding on 13 November 2015.
Draft Amendment 86 included the changes proposed by ‘Draft Amendment 85 West Belconnen Urban Development’, released for public consultation in May 2015. To simplify the approvals
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process the NCA elected to combine the two proposals and sought consideration from the Minister for Draft Amendment 86 only.
Twenty-three written submissions were received in response Draft Amendment 85. Based on the issues raised, the NCA recommended no changes to the draft amendment as released for public consultation.
Fifty-one written submissions were received in response to Draft Amendment 86. A series of changes have been made to the revised Plan as proposed by Draft Amendment 86 based on feedback received during public consultation, ongoing discussions with stakeholders, and internal review of the document.