Project status: In progress

Section 76 in north Watson lies between Aspinall Street and the Federal Highway, next to the Starlight Apartments. The site has been identified for housing, a park and open space to protect wildlife habitat.

In 2021, the community helped the government develop the Place Plan and Development Concept, which will guide future development on the site. The community also commented on Territory Plan Variation 372, which determines what kind of development can happen on the site. This was approved in March 2022 and government is proceeding with the preparations of an estate development plan.

Funding for the park has been provided through the ACT Government Budget and construction will be undertaken in the second half of 2022.

We are delivering:

Section 76 is part of the ACT’s urban renewal program to help us build a compact, liveable city. The site is on the ACT’s Indicative Land Release Program. The site will include:

  • approximately 200 new dwellings to meet the 2022/23 Indicative Land Release Program, including a Demonstration Housing project (20–30 dwellings) that delivers and tests innovative housing typologies and models that help increase housing choice, such as co-housing
  • a neighbourhood park to provide Watson residents with good quality, public open space with activities for people of a range of ages, abilities and play styles
  • pathway connections between Aspinall Street and the Federal Highway for the community
  • the retention of existing trees, which are important for wildlife
  • natural space and trees to help reduce the urban heat effect and provide space for the community to enjoy.

How you can have your say

In 2022–23, you will have the opportunity to comment on the developments proposed for Watson s.76.

The government is considering further community engagement on the development of the estate development plan, which will deliver the above deliverables for the development. You will also be able to comment on the estate development plan through the statutory approval process.

The developer of the Demonstration Housing site will engage with you about their plans for delivering their proposal.

How you've had YourSay so far

In 2021, you helped us develop the Place Plan and Development Concept to guide the development of the site. You told us what you would like to see in the neighbourhood park and walking and cycling connections to the site. The listening report on the consultation is in the document library.

You also had your say on the draft Territory Plan Variation 372, which is now in place.

The development of the Place Plan and Development Concept followed consultation in 2018, when you told us you wanted the development to be sensitive to the local character of the suburb—to be sustainable, inclusive, resilient, leafy and active.