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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (1 March) . . Page.. 492..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

prepared the master plan in 1999 as a vision and development strategy for the future of the Lake Tuggeranong environs and part of the town centre proper. The master plan is not a detailed development control plan. The suggested development proposals require further detailed assessment and may require a variation to the Territory Plan before they can be realised.

The Assembly referred the master plan to the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services in 1999 for consideration. The committee's report was released in November 2000. The government thanks the committee for its inquiry and the subsequent report.

The committee recommended that the government outlines the process of master planning for an area, including the consultative mechanisms, recording processes and suggested time frames. I am pleased to say that the government has already responded to this recommendation in draft variation No 155 to the Territory Plan. The consultation report and recommended final variation No 155 are currently with the committee for its consideration.

The committee also suggested that members of the Legislative Assembly could play a more useful role in the master plan process, with their local knowledge. I agree. Planning and Land Management will actively seek their involvement in the preparation of future master plans, where appropriate.

The government has withdrawn five of the master plan's proposals relating to the development of urban open space. This is consistent with the Chief Minister's commitment on 18 November 2000 that there would be no further development of Territory Plan-designated urban open space, with the possible exceptions of the areas around Griffith local centre and the Yarralumla Brickworks. I am pleased to see that the committee has endorsed the government's undertaking.

In response to the committee's comments about the master plan's proposal for residential development on land adjacent to Drakeford Drive, designated as for entertainment, accommodation and leisure by the Territory Plan, the government has decided to withdraw this proposal. The current Territory Plan provisions will remain unchanged.

I am pleased to see that the remainder of the master plan's development proposals have either been supported, or supported subject to conditions, by the committee. The government notes and accepts these recommendations. The master plan will be revised in accordance with the government's response to the committee's report. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hargreaves ) adjourned to the next sitting.

National Environment Protection Council Report

Paper and statement by minister

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.38): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:


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