There has been a great deal of community consultation during the master planning and rezoning process for Ginninderry. The Ginninderry project includes land in both the ACT and NSW. For the development to occur, the land on both sides of the border needed to be rezoned. This is a complex process and required a variation to the Territory Plan in the ACT, an amendment to the National Capital Plan in the ACT and an amendment to the Yass Valley Local Environment Plan. In addition an approval under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act is also required for the entire site.
Prior to submitting the documentation required to support the rezoning processes in each jurisdiction extensive technical studies were undertaken and the draft master plan developed These studies covered a broad range of matters including traffic and transport, water sensitive urban design, conservation and heritage, community services, social impacts, noise and odour.
Where are we up to?
The variation to the Territory Plan and the amendment to the National Capital Plan were placed on public exhibition for six weeks in mid-2015. The Territory Plan variation (V351) was approved on 23 October 2015. The National Capital Plan has been approved and is now subject to tabling in Federal Parliament. . The consultation period related to the EPBC Act commenced in mid May 2016.
For the NSW land a ‘gateway determination’ was made in May 2015. This means that the project has merit to continue to work towards a rezoning. The rezoning process and community consultation phase is anticipated to commence in the first half of 2019, with a decision likely in 2020.