ZONES FOR AN ACTIVE AND PEACEFUL CANBERRA
Following the Cool Little Capital Live Music Action Plan in 2015, MusicACT recommends the government create three new planning zones to facilitate gradients of sound activity and residents’ expectations:
1. Shared Zones
Purpose: to allow cultural activity in mixed-use precincts with a strong residential focus.
Slightly raised noise standards, and relative to ambient noise
Measurement of sound behind closed windows in afternoons and evenings, but not at other times
Double-glazing and good building quality
Appropriate locations might include (but are not limited to):
NewActon Precinct, City
Alinga Street, City
Childers Street, City
Cape Street, Dickson
Lonsdale Street, Braddon
Bradley Street, Tuggeranong
Woden Town Centre, to be defined
Gungahlin Town Centre, to be defined
2. Entertainment Zones
Purpose: to facilitate music venues in central areas with residential or hotels that benefit from the protected cultural activity.
Significantly enhanced sound attenuation on commercial, residential and hotel buildings
Measurement of sound behind closed windows at all times to ensure apartments/hotel rooms are quiet
No limit outside of closed windows because the public realm should be active
Appropriate locations include (but are not limited to):
Garema Place, Bunda Street and Sydney Building
Around The Basement, Belconnen
3. Festival Zones
Purpose: to facilitate large-scale cultural activity in beautiful outdoor environments, e.g. music and car festivals.
Measurement of sound at nearest suburb, no limit inside the zone
No residential permitted, unless they are not able to make sound complaints
Appropriate locations may include:
Majura, where sound is absorbed by Mount Majura
Possibly The Arboretum
Without sufficient announcements about these zones from the ACT Planning Ministry, protests like Let Music Live will continue so that music is not silenced by new buildings.