DRA has held discussions with ACT Government officials with respect to development of detailed Precinct Codes to supplement the more general provisions of the ACT Territory Plan. The Territory Plan does not give sufficient guidance to planners or developers as to what weight should be given to the effect of developments upon the distinctive character of particular areas. Precinct Codes, developed in full consultation with residents, investors, designers and builders, would provide more transparency and confidence to all parties and minimise disputes when developments cause problems for neighbours or the broader community.
DRA proposes that Deakin and Yarralumla would be appropriate suburbs to pilot this improvement to the ACT Planning processes. DRA is scheduled to meet with the relevant ACT Minister, Mr Simon Corbell MLA, in February 2014.