The BCC recently made a submission to the National Capital Authority on National Capital Plan Draft Amendment 86 update to the National Capital Plan in respect to the rezoning of the CSIRO Ginninderra Field Station. The BCC support the rezoning proposal.
Since the announcement that the CSIRO would be relocating its research facility to NSW from its Ginninderra Field Station in Belconnen, and would seek to have the site rezoned and developed for residential housing, they have liaised with the community to explain their decision.
At our September public meeting we held a community consultation session where the CSIRO presented its long term proposal for the site, and received feedback from the public. Many questions were asked and answered that night.
The CSIRO held several other public sessions and has liaised extensively with the surrounding community on the proposal.
Several concerns from the community, raised at that meeting, have been picked up in our submission. Other community members have emailed their comments to us and we have also included those concerns in our submission.
While the BCC do not oppose the draft amendment proposal to change the Ginninderra Field Site from ‘Hills Ridges and Buffer Spaces’ to ‘Urban Area’ under National Capital Draft Amendment 86, we feel that there is some work to be done before that can occur.
The BCC propose that:
- the environmental studies are completed before the rezoning occurs,
- that buffer zones along the Barton Highway be identified,
- that the CSIRO and the ACT Government enter into a Memorandum of Understanding in respect to planning controls over the area, and
- that a Master Plan covering the site be completed with significant community input.
We would urge you to read our submission in full.
The BCC submission on NCP DA 86 is here.
The CSIRO website on the Ginninderra Field Site project is here.