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Paper petition

Subject:Reduce building heights for N12 and N10 sites, and preserve all of Arabanoo Park's existing open green space (Easty Street, Phillip)
Eligibility:ACT residents
Sponsoring Member:Caroline Le Couteur MLA
Num of Signatures:497
Referred to Minister04/06/2019
Responded To:Yes

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TO: The Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly
To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly that the Phillip Precinct Code permits developments of inappropriate scale on the N12 (Block 13 Section 81) and N10 (Block 17 Section 156) Easty Street sites — adjacent to Woden Police Station and Healthpoint respectively — and substantially reduces the open green space of Arabanoo Park. The government’s changes are all contrary to repeatedly expressed community and local resident values.

In particular:
• N12 is anticipated to be developed with four towers, two of 25 storeys, but nearby residential developments are only 3 storeys (RZ4 maximum);
• N10 is anticipated to be developed to a height of 6 storeys, as a result of being retrospectively rezoned from RZ4 (medium density residential zone) to CZ2 (major centres business zone) after residents bought into adjacent RZ4 developments, also adversely affecting noise levels;
• major overshadowing of existing residences, gardens, common areas, and public realm is the main (but not sole) grievance associated with the anticipated developments of inappropriate scale.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call on the ACT Government to, in priority order:
• limit the height of N12 construction to a maximum of 5 storeys, so that the Woden Cemetery and Eddison Park tree line remains the dominant landscape feature along Easty Street;
• revert the N10 site to RZ4 zoning
• Preserve all of Arabanoo Park’s existing open green space, rehabilitating it to better serve the community’s recreation, and enhancing its physical and visual connections to the town square

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