Red Hill Public Housing Precinct Redevelopment

As part of the Asset Recycling Initiative agreement with the Commonwealth Government, the ACT Government is redeveloping the public housing site adjacent to the Red Hill Shops.

Update: The Development Application for the Estate Development is now closed for public comment and under assessment. Visit the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate here to view the DA.

The Site

The Red Hill Public Housing Precinct is located opposite the Red Hill shops and is bounded by La Perouse Street, Discovery Street, and Monaro Crescent. The site is approximately 1.5 per cent of the total area of Red Hill.

The site is one of 13 multi-unit public housing developments identified for redevelopment as part of the ACT Government’s public housing renewal program. For information about the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce click here.

In March 2016, a variation to the Territory Plan was tabled which changed the site to RZ5 – High Density Residential Zone with a four-storey height limit. A technical amendment (2016-08) was approved on 7 September 2016 which clarifies maximum building heights in each area of the development of two, three or four storeys above ground level and inserts character statements into the Red Hill Precinct Map and Code. Read the notifiable instrument here.

Demolition of existing buildings

A Development Application (DA) for demolition of the existing buildings on the Red Hill site was approved in October 2016. Demolition is expected to start in mid-2017 once all tenants have been relocated and will be finished by October 2017.

The DA states all traffic must use Monaro Crescent and La Perouse Street to access the site. No heavy vehicles will be permitted to use surrounding minor streets. The DA also states that contractors for the demolition must park onsite.

Community Engagement Process

The ACT Government engaged urban planners RobertsDay to develop an Estate Development Plan (EDP), which will outline the sub-divisions and the block sizes of the development site. The combination of zoning, the technical amendment and the EDP can help influence the type and height of buildings, the character of the area and the design of the public realm.

The outcome of the EDP will also allow the ACT Government to calculate the dwelling yield and test that yield against existing infrastructure, including traffic and services.

RobertsDay conducted three workshops for community representatives to influence the design of the EDP.  Representatives from Inner South Community Council, Red Hill Residents Group, Red Hill Action Group, Pedal Power and Red Hill Primary School attended the workshops.

Download the Workshop Outcomes Report here (please note, there are four files due to file size):
Part 1 (425KB)
Part 2 (6.9MB)
Part 3 (6.8MB)
Part 4 (6.9MB)

Workshop one, held on 22 June 2016: Participants identified the values, character and elements that make Red Hill unique and contribute ideas on the character, design and use of the public realm.

Workshop two, held on 6 July 2016: RobertsDay presented three early EDP concepts based on the information from the first workshop.

  • Shared Amenity (1.6MB) 
    Shared Amenity is designed so that there are views of parks and greenery looking into the development from outside streets, rather than buildings. It retains significant views and trees by locating greenspaces along view corridors. This option provides multiple green spaces for community use and contains a mixture of block sizes throughout the site. Multi-unit sites are located at the bottom of the hill along Discovery Street and Lady Nelson Place.
  • Savannah Model (1.9MB)
    The Savannah Model aims to provide permeability throughout the site through laneways, small plazas and green spaces, with streets running through the laneways to encourage activation of the spaces. This option extends Endeavour Street and Norfolk Street to Discovery Street, improving pedestrian access. Houses face onto small green spaces along these streets and a rear laneway provides access to multi-unit sites at the bottom of the hill, along Lady Nelson Place.
  • Hillside Village (1.2MB)
    The Hillside Village aims to mimic the natural landscape and maximise views for residents by stepping down housing along the slope so that no dwelling blocks the view of another. This option mainly includes blocks for terraces and townhouses, with multi-unit sites along Lady Nelson Place. Additional rear lanes are created across the site which allow for more permeability in and around the site.

Community members were invited to review and provide feedback on each of the above EDP options through an online survey from 12 to 26 July 2016.

Drop-in consultation session, held 7 July, 12-1.30pm outside Manuka Coles: Members of the public were invited to view and provide feedback on the three draft Estate Development Plan options.

Workshop three, held on 21 July 2016: RobertsDay presented a preferred EDP concept to community representatives who asked questions and provided feedback, Overall feedback was that this concept delivered good outcomes for local residents and was reflective of the values and visions identified in Workshop 1.

Drop-in consultation session, held 30 July, 10-11.30am outside Manuka Coles: Members of the public were invited to view and provide feedback on the draft Estate Development Plan.

Community information Session, held on 9 November 2016: The project team presented the final Estate Development Plan and outlined how design issues had been resolved since the last community workshop. A proposed landscape design for Lady Nelson Park was also presented.

Have Your Say

The Development Application for the Estate Development is open for public comment until 5 May 2017. Visit the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate here to view and comment on the DA.

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