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Proposed rezoning of
RFBI Holt Masonic Village

Seeking community feedback

We’re seeking community feedback on the proposed rezoning of RFBI Holt Masonic Village. Our Village was established close to 35 years ago in 1989 and we are proud to offer residential, retirement and home care to senior Australians. At RFBI, we are committed to remaining at the forefront of innovative aged care and are looking to redevelop our Village to be a place our residents love calling home.

To help us achieve this, we’re applying to rezone the site from the current RZ2 – Suburban Core zoning to a more appropriate CFZ – Community Facilities. Over the coming weeks, we will be inviting RFBI Holt Masonic Village residents and families, along with the wider Kippax community to give us feedback on things we should consider in applying to rezone the site.

 

Our vision is aligned to identified needs

The ACT Government has acknowledged the need to increase the quantity and quality of retirement living options. The Government also acknowledges that rezoning may be required to meet these goals. This has led to a number of changes in the planning system that allow us to apply for the RFBI Holt Masonic Village site to be rezoned.

Our concept plan for the RFBI Holt Masonic Village

Concept layout of a rezoned RFBI Holt Masonic Village

Why we’re seeking to rezone the site

The current RZ2 – Suburban Core zoning of the site does not allow us to create the village with all of the accommodation options and amenities that we would like to offer older people living in and around Kippax.

We are seeking rezoning to enable redevelopment of the site so that we can

  • create a Village that meets the needs of our residents and achieves the best outcomes for them
  • provide ‘state-of-the-art’ accommodation and living spaces that residents will love calling home and
  • create a vibrant community with access to social amenities and private entertainment spaces

In particular, we would like to offer more retirement living and more co-located residential aged care, as well as on-site and outreach services.

 

Community involvement

We offered the opportunity for community members to hear more about future plans for the site, ask questions and provide suggestions and feedback that we would use to shape our application for rezoning.

Community members were invited to join us at one of our community information sessions below:

Online information session 

  • Date: Wednesday, 3 July 2024
  • Time: 5:00pm – 6:15pm
  • Register: Please send an email to holtrezone@rfbi.com.au to receive a link to the session.

Community information drop-in

  • Date: Thursday, 4 July 2024
  • Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Venue: Uniting Care Kippax, Cnr Luke & Hardwick Cres, Holt ACT

 

How Will Your Feedback Be Used?

Community feedback will inform our application for rezoning with ACT Planning. We will submit community feedback as part of our application.

Feedback is confidential and de-identified (not attributed to any specific person) unless that person wants it to be.

We’ll share a summary of the feedback at the end of the process.

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

RFBI is seeking to have the site of RFBI Holt Masonic Village rezoned by the ACT Government to allow for the village to be redeveloped and expanded. We are preparing the submission of a “Proponent-initiated Territory Plan Amendment” to change the zoning from RZ2 – Suburban Core to CFZ – Communities Facilities zoning and are seeking community feedback to submit with our rezoning application.

Community feedback is important because it will help us understand how to plan and design our concepts for the site, to bring as much benefit to our residents and the broader community as possible.

As part of the rezoning consultation, we are seeking feedback on the concept design for the site. If the site is rezoned, further consultation on detailed design will occur as part of the Development Application.

Our vision for the site is to modernise the accommodation offerings and incorporate outreach services. In particular, we would also like to offer more retirement living that is co-located with residential aged care.

Our independent investigations and the ACT Government’s District Strategy for Belconnen have identified a shortage of retirement living options in the ACT as well as a need for updated facilities and services for aging community members.

In order to improve the Village to meet our vision for the site, we are seeking to have the site rezoned to CFZ-Community Facilities zoning with ACT Government’s Planning Directorate. The current zoning of the block is RZ2 – Suburban Core zoning.

Updating the zoning will allow us to explore our options for future improvements and if rezoning of the site is approved, we will commence a formal redevelopment process, including a community review of the proposed detailed design.

The landscape of retirement living and aged care has changed since RFBI Holt Masonic Village was built 40 years ago. The Australian population is aging and a large majority (68%) of Australians have a preference to age in place.

The current site is ideally situated close to services, amenities, shops and healthcare providers and has been successfully operating as a residential aged care and retirement village for 40 years. RFBI seeks to investigate the option to redevelop this site to offer more housing options to an aging community, as well as better facilities for existing residents.

Future improvements we envisage include updated facilities, better communal spaces, a revamped community centre, clubhouse, village green and outdoor recreational spaces - with specialty areas such as dementia gardens and rooftop gardens. Increased services such as community and wellness offerings, outreach services for the broader aged community in Belconnen, and an increase in the number of dwellings to accommodate more people in the village.

We are currently exploring options for the site and have some indicative future plans and visions for the site. Careful consideration is being given to:

  • Minimising disturbance to existing residents while improving the Village
  • Minimising impact on surrounding residents and businesses
  • Preserving key parts of the on-site vegetation and valuable trees
  • Planning for mixed building heights, up to eight storeys to ensure a low-medium density feel is maintained
  • Use of the site geometry in a manner that will provide excellent northern solar aspect for all independent living units
  • Providing a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including dementia gardens for future residents

Rezoning is the first and necessary step towards making any improvements to the village in future years.

Updating the zoning will allow us to explore our options for future improvements and if rezoning of the site is approved, we will commence a formal redevelopment process, including a community review of the proposed detailed design. Any redevelopment of the village would take some years to commence, and would likely occur gradually, in stages, to minimise disruption.

Careful consideration is being given to minimising disturbance to current residents from this initial planning phase, all the way through any future developments.

At the moment we are only applying for the site to be re-zoned. There are no immediate plans to submit a development application to redevelop the site.

The improvements we envisage to be made at RFBI Holt Masonic Village will be contained to the current village site. Careful considerations will be made to minimise disturbance to surrounding residents and businesses from this initial planning phase, all the way through any future developments.

Any future developments will:

  • Aim to minimise disturbance to surrounding residents during construction phases
  • Aim to minimise disturbance on surrounding roads to local motorists and pedestrians
  • Aim to preserve key parts of the on-site vegetation and valuable trees
  • Plan for mixed building heights, up to eight storeys to ensure a low-medium density feel is maintained
  • Be considerate of current public parking shortages in the surrounding vicinity

No. Future development plans are just indicative at this stage, but they factor in a plan for redeveloping the site to add more retirement living units and amenities to the current site footprint. The desired upgrades would include a variety of building heights (6-8 storeys) to maintain an open feel and allow for more open communal outdoor spaces in between.

When considering designs, it is important for us to allow for plenty of open space, natural light, vegetation and visual interest in the overall design.

Contact information

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