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How you had YourSay:

Thank you for sharing your ideas on the development plans for a dual-occupancy development at 230 Southern Cross Drive, Latham. The What We Heard Report and Comments Chart shares what we heard through your comments, feedback and ideas.

During the consultation, community members shared their ideas and feedback by:

  • Sharing comments on YourSay
  • Attending an information kiosk
  • Writing an email and hard-copy submission

We are looking at:

As our city expands, we're planning for a Canberra that's inclusive, innovative, healthy, smart, active and fun. By developing new and improved properties, we ensure safe, affordable and secure housing choices are in place for everyone.

We asked to hear your ideas on the development of a dual-occupancy development on a vacant site at 230 Southern Cross Drive, Latham (see the Location tab).

The proposed development is in close proximity to local schools, shops and public transport and will provide modern, energy efficient housing. The two 2-bedroom Class C Adaptable properties will ensure people of all ages and abilities can live within the home and can easily be adapted to meet changing household needs.

The new complex will include:

  • construction of two 2-bedroom Class C Adaptable houses, incorporating all essential features (Class C factsheet)
  • driveway access off of Southern Cross Drive
  • 6-star energy efficiency rating which will be cheaper to run
  • retention and protection of mature street trees where possible.

We will use your views to:

We will use your ideas and feedback in preparing the Development Application for the development.

Other Public Housing renewals:

The following engagements are also In Progress and we’ll update these pages with a Community Engagement Report so you can see what we heard:

Plans and feedback

By developing new and improved properties, we ensure safe, affordable and secure housing choices are in place for everyone.

Thank you for checking the site plans and sharing your ideas on the dual-occupancy development on a vacant site at 230 Southern Cross Drive, Latham.

Site plans


Share your feedback and ideas on the development:

Check out the site plans and share your feedback and ideas on the development. Please note your username will be made public when you make a comment.

17 May, 2018

taniaparkes says:

“Re design, garages are too prominent & ratio of built form should allow for large tree canopies and permeable ground surface. ”

9 May, 2018

BevanJA says:

“Southern Cross Drive is a main road with lots of traffic so would this be a safe location for older persons or children. ”

28 April, 2018

Woodduck5 says:

“I like the concept. Need more detail. Good location and good use of land. Is this Community, Affordable of SDA (NDIS) compliant?”

26 April, 2018

robauz says:

“The homes look very fresh and smart. Ensure the front door is wheelchair accessible, ie zero lip. But little detail provided. ”

26 April, 2018

megan_baker_goldsmit says:

“This looks great - it's good to see affordable housing being built to a good quality standard with good energy efficiency.”

Location

230 Southern Cross Drive, Latham

The proposed development is in close proximity to local schools, shops and public transport options available along Southern Cross Drive.

The accessibility of the site provides opportunities for tenants to walk to the nearby amenities, allowing them to get involved and participate in their local community.

Background

Our commitment

Housing ACT is committed to providing public housing in all suburbs across Canberra, to build communities that are diverse and vibrant that enable people to achieve positive social and economic outcomes.

We are committed to collaborating with the community, to build neighbourhoods that are inclusive and welcoming, that offer safe and affordable housing to those who need it most.

What we do and why

Housing ACT provides tenants with safe, affordable and appropriate housing in a sustainable social environment. We provide housing to those Canberrans most in need including people in extreme financial hardship who are unable to find accommodation elsewhere.

Public housing makes up about 8% of all housing in the ACT.

  • 25% is located in Belconnen
  • 18% is located in Woden and the inner south
  • 23% is located in the inner north
  • 21% is located in Tuggeranong

Shape and scale of the Development

New developments will be modern, energy efficient and include a mix of sizes to suit different tenant requirements, including properties that can be adapted in the future, to enable tenants to age in place.

The buildings will be built to a 6 star energy efficiency rating which means they will be cheaper to run. Some of the new buildings will include adaptable dwellings which means that it is easier for people who have a disability, and may use a wheelchair or mobility aids, to live there.

A variety of materials and building features will be used, along with existing vegetation to blend the development into the streetscape. The scale and form of the new buildings will seek to reduce the visual impact of the development from the street, and will be in scale with the neighbouring buildings.

Who are our tenants?

Public housing tenants include a broad range of people including a high proportion of older people (approximately 26% are aged over 65 years), women (64%), as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people with disability (63% of our tenants access the disability support pension).

Approximately 75% of our tenants live in single person or single parent households. About 27% of our tenants are children under the age of 15 years.

Some of our tenants stay in public housing for only a short period of time, until they can ‘get back on their feet’. Others stay in public housing longer-term.

The range of our tenants means that the housing we provide needs to be diverse to meet the needs of different people. We provide family homes, single-person apartments, accessible housing and housing that is close to essential services such as medical services and public transport.

Building better housing

Redeveloping our properties allows us to ensure that safe, affordable and secure housing is made available for vulnerable Canberrans who need it – now – and into the future.

More than 70% of our housing stock was built before the 1990’s, therefore building new public housing and redeveloping existing public housing allows us to replace older stock with modern, more contemporary designed buildings with improved energy efficiency.

It enables us to apply a ‘salt and pepper’ approach to development to reduce concentrations of disadvantage, and build well-designed dwellings that look and feel like other housing in the neighbourhood.

Delivering public housing close to essential services helps to ensure that the varied support needs of tenants can be accommodated and it is an important step in supporting some of our community’s most vulnerable people.

Housing ACT looks to the following principles when designing new public housing:

  • Quality design – consistent with the existing and future character of the suburb
  • Transparent, honest and open communication with the surrounding tenants and community.
  • Liveable design – a more flexible, easy to access and navigate, liveable space, designed to have a positive impact on tenants and the neighbourhood
  • Design that enhances the streetscape
  • Design that aims to promote a sense of pride for tenants, harnessing a supportive community for both the tenants and the wider community, ensuring that tenants feel safe and comfortable within the new housing development

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