Canberra IKEA a step closer after Planning Minister approves zoning change

The Canberra TimesMeredith Clisby Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The ACT government has paved the way for IKEA to move to Canberra following ministerial approval of the territory plan variation for a large block of land in Pialligo.

The draft variation proposed to re-zone the area near the Canberra Airport from broadacre to industrial mixed use. This frees the land to be developed as a bulky goods site suspected to be the target of Swedish flat-pack furniture group IKEA.

The site is currently being used as a stockpile overburden area for workers constructing the Majura Parkway.

Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development Simon Corbell has approved the re-zoning of the land following community consultation held at the end of last year.

He said the government was ensuring the ACT provided ongoing economic and employment opportunities in the region.

Mr Corbell said the development of the land was in keeping with the Eastern Broadacre planning study and the ACT Planning Strategy "which identified the eastern side of the ACT as a potential future employment and industrial uses corridor".

A report submitted by the government to the authority said it was proposed that the 7.6-hectare site be leased as a single site for the development of a large floor plate bulky goods retailing operation.

"The international proponent of this development has been unable to find a suitably located site of this size in Canberra," it said.

"The development would represent a significant economic and employment opportunity for Canberra as such facilities are normally only located in cities with a population over 500,000."

The report said the nature of the development was entirely consistent in terms of use and scale with both existing and proposed retail and commercial development in the adjoining Majura Park.

"It would form a logical extension of the existing retail/commercial hub and strengthen the major economic role of the whole airport precinct."

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Gary N Prattley Consulting in conjunction with MacroPlan prepared a single Planning Report for the ACT Land Development Agency, to support both the variation to the Territory Plan and an amendment to the National Capital Plan.  This report addressed a multitude of planning and environmental studies, established the strategic context for the rezoning and formed part of the exhibition documents.

Work on this report commenced in July 2013, and it was submitted in September 2013.

Gary N Prattley Consulting and MacroPlan worked closely with the ACT Land Development Agency, the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, and the National Capital Authority in preparing this report.

"We are delighted that the entire process; from the commissioning of the report to approval of the rezoning, for such a significant development, took only four months," a shared sentiment of Gary N Prattley Consulting and MacroPlan. 

MacroPlan offer a range of planning services from pre-acquisition due diligence, strategic assessment and conceptual planning  through to rezoning and development approval and project implementation.  Contact Wayne Gersbach - General Manager NSW today to discuss your latest planning requirements. IKEA rezoningACT Government has rezoned a Pialligo site, paving the way for IKEA to move into Canberra. Photo: Jon Reid