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Have your say by 2 March 2016 on growing food on nature strips

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February 3, 2016


marea

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Would do you think about the ACT Government's proposal below?

Have your say on residential nature strip guidelines

The ACT Government is seeking community feedback on a draft guide that would allow residents to utilise residential nature strips for small scale food production or gardens.

Nature strips are a key feature of Canberra’s garden city character. They are designed to present an attractive street frontage and are typically planted with grass and a street tree. The current nature strip guidelines require residents to gain approval to utilise the nature strip, including to plant gardens or store materials temporarily.

The new draft guide proposes to permit some activities on the nature strip without the need to obtain approval (such as growing plants on the nature strip to a height of 50 cm on streets with 50 km/hour speed limits). It sets out other activities that require approval (like installation of irrigation systems) and lists activities that are not allowed on the nature strip (such as installation of shipping containers and play equipment). These guidelines aim to reach a balance whereby residents can use the nature strip, but without causing amenity or public safety concerns.

The public is invited to provide feedback on the draft guide to ensure it meets community expectations before it is finalised.

For more information and to provide feedback, visit the Time to Talk website or an ACT Government library.

 

Consultation closes Wednesday 2 March 2016.

 

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