APPROXIMATELY 6,500 dwellings including retail and community infrastructure will be developed in west Belconnen with a 360-hectare nature reserve created along the Murrumbidgee River, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman announced last week.
A proposed development in NSW immediately adjacent to the ACT border could accommodate a further 5,000 dwellings and could potentially add another 220 hectares to the conservation corridor.
Mr Gentleman said the required amendment to the National Capital Plan was recently approved by the Australian Government and Variation 351 to the Territory Plan commenced on Friday.
"This means that the area of land immediately west of the suburbs of Holt and Macgregor is now rezoned for urban development," Mr Gentleman said.
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," Mr Gentleman said.
"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," the Minister concluded.