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In Ainslie ACT on “PROPOSAL FOR SUPPORTIVE...” at 11 Rutherford Crescent, Ainslie, ACT:

Ian Hubbard commented

From Community Facility to Multi-Unit Residential

Not against social and supportive housing. This development should not be approved and should be built on the residential zone appropriate to the size of the proposed development.

The ACT Government’s 2015 technical variation that allowed supportive housing to be built on Community Facilities Zoned Land goes against the key objectives that contain the phrases; Facilitate social sustainability and inclusion, and provide accessible sites for civic life. Sites that are convenient and accessible to the community. These community facilities also had to be sensitive and safeguard the amenity of surrounding residential areas.

Another key objective in the CFZ code is to protect these social and community uses from competition from other uses. The prohibited uses listed in the code saw that the greatest competitive threat would come from residential and commercial developments. Prohibited uses listed included boarding house, multi-unit housing, special dwellings or serviced apartments. The Department clarified that public and community housing are also not permitted.

Supportive housing is a real anomaly in the CFZ code where supportive housing is low care and the definition includes on site counselling, domestic assistance and personal care for residents as required. A proportion of public and community housing are also provided with similar services. There are also people in private residential that receive this level of service.

It appears that enabling supportive housing to be built on community facilities land will gradually see community facilities replaced by the more valued multi-unit residential developments. This process has commenced at numerous locations across Canberra.

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