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Vision

A flexible range of innovative housing options is coming to the much-loved suburb of Weston in a beautifully landscaped setting that reflects the natural aesthetic of this established inner-Canberra suburb.

Whether you're looking to buy your first home, find a bigger one or downsize, this new housing community will include urban terraces, townhouses, apartments and house and land packages to suit everyone, with the added benefit of communal gardens, BBQ areas and open spaces.

Sustainability is key to the design of this precinct, incorporating the world's best practices in environmental conservation, urban design and connectedness to ensure a community that will add value to the area and last for generations to come.

Development Update

  • 23 October: Village provided an update on the Weston precinct development.  See a note to stakeholder
     
  • 26 October: Village’s partnership in the Charity House initiative was announced by Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, on Friday, 26 October.  The Charity House is to be built in the new Weston precinct.  See note to stakeholder 
     
  • 21 August: A summary of the feedback received during the pre-DA community consultation process can now be downloaded here
     
  • 10 August: A summary of feedback from the consultation process is currently being collated.
     
  • 08 August: The pre-DA community consultation process has concluded.
     
  • 26 July: Thank you everyone who attended the WCCC General Meeting last night where we presented the revised concept plans. We will collate your feedback from the night and the coming days and share them on this website.

  • 20 July 2018: A pop-up information booth can be found on the Ground Floor of Cooleman Court at these times:
    Thursday 26 July 10am-12pm, 5:30pm-7:30pm
    Friday 27 July 12-2pm
    Saturday 28 July 10am-12pm
     

  • 16 July 2018: We have released revised concept plans for public comment. A series of revisions were made to the original plans in response to feedback from the community, which was collected during the ongoing community consultation. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the revised plans and we thank you for all the input we have received to date. Together we will build a really special precinct in this fabulous location.
     

  • 16 July 2018: In recent weeks, we conducted a traffic impact assessment to address traffic concerns raised by the community and minimise the impact of the development on Weston Creek roads. We have engaged an independent consultant to peer review the Traffic Impact Assessment and will provide details as soon as they are available.
     

  • 22 June 2018: The Pre-DA Community consultation period has been extended to 8 August 2018.

Concept Masterplan

Revised concept plans were released on 16 July 2018 for public comment.

Download Weston Concept Masterplan

Other Documents

Key points of the revised plans:
Aspects of proposed development and changes during the consultation process

Feature As consulted in May 2018 As consulted in
July 2018
Townhouses 173 178
Apartments 60 45
Houses 17 19
Total dwellings 250 242
Access roads to Unwin St 1 1
Access roads to Heysen St 2 3*
Visitor Parking 0.64 0.62
Building heights Up to three storeys Two storeys fronting streets, up to three storeys elsewhere
Commercial space Nil Nil

*reverted back to two in light of feedback received.

Maintaining the character of Weston

  • The design incorporates modern design and natural, local materials with the community feel of an established suburb.
  • The site will be opened up to allow neighbouring residents to enjoy the green spaces and connect to Fetherston Gardens.
  • Two-storey townhouses are located on the top portion of the site facing Heysen St to minimise building form and scale.

Density and building heights

  • The number of dwellings has been reduced to 240-245.
  • The three-storey apartments have been located towards the inside of the site as the land falls away to the north, creating no visual or shadowing impact on existing residents in Heysen St.
  • Townhouse footprints have been tightened up with undercroft parking to release more usable, open and consolidated landscape space. Townhouse densities increase towards the middle and northern (Unwin St) side of the site providing good product diversity for a range of demographics.

Retention of existing trees

  • Existing trees are being retained where possible and approximately 300 new trees will be included in the new landscape.

Traffic congestion and site access from Heysen St

  • Site entry and exit points are designed to spread the load for access and egress, but minimise, where possible, the impact on traffic congestion on Heysen St.
  • From Heysen St, the western access is envisaged as ‘left in, left out’ so as not to impact traffic build-up on the Heysen St/Streeton Dr intersection. The eastern access point is only an exit for the 14 townhouses on this portion of the site. The central access points on Heysen St and Unwin St are required in the case of an emergency such as a bushfire.

Community Consultation

Pre-DA community consultation timeline

Weston Consultation Timeline

As part of Village’s pre-DA consultation process from early May to 8 August, included:

  • two public consultation sessions with Weston residents (22 May 2018 and 31 May 2018)
  • two public presentations at WCCC meetings (30 May 2018 and 25 July 2018)
  • a pop-up information booth on the Ground Floor of Cooleman Court (26-28 July 2018)
  • one-on-one meetings with concerned residents on surrounding streets
  • briefings with local community groups, businesses, MLAs and government directorates
  • ongoing liaison with the WCCC
  • responses to individual queries via email and over the phone
  • a dedicated project website that has been regularly updated

Your comments have been heard

We appreciate all of your feedback at this early stage. Village is liaising with relevant agencies and community stakeholders including Transport Canberra and City Services and Fetherston Gardens to get their input into the design and help respond to community concerns.

Summary of Feedback from the pre-DA community consultation.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Hands Across Canberra Weston Charity House: Is the next Hands Across Canberra Charity House going to be built in the new  Weston precinct?

Yes.  We are partnering with the Master Builders (ACT) and charity foundation Hands-Across-Canberra to build a Charity House, which will be auctioned with the proceeds going to vulnerable Canberrans.  The actual Charity House has not been identified yet but it will be one of those built as part of the Weston project.  

Latest timelines: What is the latest on the Weston project timetable?

We are working through the pre-Estate Development Plan (EDP) application process but it is taking longer than we initially anticipated. As a result, we now plan to submit the EDP towards the end of the year (instead of September as previously communicated).

How were people informed about the initial consultation sessions?

A letterbox drop of 700 homes within one kilometre radius of the site was done in early May and to 1,300 homes for the forum on 25 July. The events were also advertised in the local newspaper, the details put up on the website and emails sent to local schools and community groups.

How are you going to address traffic issues along Heysen Street?

We have and will continue to respond to traffic concerns in the following ways:

  1. We reduced the number of dwellings on the site to 240-245, well below what is permissible.
  2. Since the 25 July meeting, we have committed to again reviewing the access points on the site. 
  3. We commissioned a peer review of the traffic impact and parking assessment, which will give us additional insight into the potential impact of the development on traffic and roads in the area that we will pass on to the Government.
  4. We will represent the community as best we can in taking the residents’ concerns to the Government together with the WCCC.

Village conducted a traffic impact assessment in recent weeks that indicated the surrounding street network was currently performing within the standard ACT guidelines. We have engaged an independent consultant to peer review the Traffic Impact Assessment and will provide details as soon as they are available.

How do you plan to keep with the character of Weston?

The site will incorporate large open spaces and retain, where possible, the existing trees as well as many newly planted trees. The site will be opened up to neighbouring residents and create a connection to Fetherston Gardens. Three-storey buildings are located towards the inside of the site as the land falls away to avoid shadowing on existing residents. The design incorporates modern design and natural, local materials with the community feel of an established suburb.

Are you retaining the mature native trees at on the site?

  • Existing trees are being retained where possible and approximately 300 new trees will be included in the new landscape.

How can I provide feedback?

Feedback can be provided in the following ways:

  1. Contact the Weston Creek Community Council at info@westoncreek.org.au or call them on 02 6288 8975.
  2. If you have queries about the consultation process, contact Canberra Town Planning at admin@canplan.com.au or on 02 6262 5091.

Have Your Say

We will continue to update this website with details of the upcoming process.

If you were not able to contribute to the pre-DA consultation process but still want to provide comment, please contact the Weston Creek Community Council at info@westoncreek.org.au or call them on 02 6288 8975. This ensures that community feedback is coordinated through a single source.