The Planning and Development Act (2007) s55 makes provision for Precinct Codes to be made in the Territory Plan. A Precinct Code sets out the requirements that apply to stated areas, or places, and provides the detailed rules and criteria that apply to development proposals in the area the code applies to.
The purpose of a Precinct Code is to provide additional planning, design and environmental controls for specific areas or blocks and may also contain references to provisions in other codes. In conjunction with other relevant codes it is used by the ACT planning authority to assess development applications and offer guidance to intending applicants in designing development proposals and preparing development applications. Under the Planning and Development Act 2007, where more than one type of code applies to a development, the order of precedence if there is inconsistency of provisions between codes is: precinct code, development code and general code. If more than one precinct code applies to the site, the most recent precinct code takes precedence to the extent of any inconsistency.
The Yarralumla Precinct Code is part of the Territory Plan and applies to the Division of Yarralumla (NI2008-27 10.1 Suburb Precinct Maps and Codes Effective: 14 December 2012). The Yarralumla Precinct Code (as at June 2019) sets additional controls for the Yarralumla Brickworks Section 102 Yarralumla, and for Section 82 Yarralumla on Loftus Street.
The intent of the Yarralumla Neighbourhood Plan 2004 was to guide the development of the suburb over the following 15 years. The Plan outlined the future character of the neighbourhood and provided planning strategies for the future of the local shopping centre, open spaces, residential areas, community facilities and movement networks (roads, footpaths etc). The Neighbourhood Plan was developed in consultation with the community.
In 2013 the ACT Government introduced Precinct Codes and Neighbourhood Plans have been superseded as planning instruments. The Precinct Code and the Neighbourhood Plan are however quite different in nature. The Precinct code sets development rules and constraints for specific areas within a suburb, whereas the Neighbourhood Plan provided guidance on the type of suburb.
The Yarralumla Bay Recreation Hub Master Plan was released by the National Capital Authority in 2009. The National Capital Plan outlines general conditions for planning, design and development for the Central National Area which includes Yarralumla Bay. The Master Plan provides an additional level of detail to the provisions of the National Capital Plan for the Yarralumla Bay area. It sets a clear framework for the future development of Yarralumla Bay and surrounds to ensure the area can continue to be enjoyed in the future by recreational and community users, whilst maintaining the unique character and natural setting of the area. The Master Plan is used by the National Capital Authority, ACT Government agencies and leaseholders to prioritise maintenance projects and guide future development.
Yarralumla Bay is located on the southern shores of lake Burley Griffin where West Lake meets Tarcoola reach. The bay is framed by sloping grasslands and tree plantings and is flanked by boat sheds and club houses used by schools, sporting and community groups. The relationship of Yarralumla Bay to the ornamental waters of lake Burley Griffin and surrounding parklands has been fundamentally established by the Griffins’ formally adopted plan for Canberra.
The ACT Government released the Weston Park Master Plan in 2013. The intent of the master plan is to provide a long term vision for the on-going development and management of Weston Park. The master plan builds on Weston Park’s cultural and historic significance and aligns with the ACT Government Territory Plan and the National Capital Plan frameworks, including the latter’s intentions for Lake Burley Griffin and adjacent parklands.
The Conservation Management Plan for Weston Park (Godden Mackay Logan, 2011, page i) states “Weston Park, which contains the Yarralumla Nursery within its boundary, is a highly significant, designed cultural landscape with important heritage values for Canberra. Weston Park and the Nursery provide physical evidence of Walter Burley and Marion Mahoney Griffin’s vision for Canberra as a Federal capital city of international standing. Weston Park is a significant component of the original plan for Canberra and there are great opportunities for the promotion and interpretation of Weston Park and the Nursery in the broader historic setting of Griffin’s plan”.
The master plan addresses cycle, pedestrian and vehicle movement, parking, provision of recreational facilities and public amenities, access to the Lake Burley Griffin shoreline, tree management and new tree planting. Works associated with the master plan undertaken as funding permits the upgrade of existing infrastructure, new capital works and maintenance of the existing assets.