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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 3696..


Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted-

 	Ayes, 8  			Noes, 7

 Mrs Burke  	Mr Rugendyke  	Mr Berry  	Ms Tucker
 Mr Cornwell  	Ms Smyth  	Mr Hargreaves  	Mr Wood
 Mr Hird  	Mr Stefaniak  	Mr Moore  
 Mr Kaine    			Mr Quinlan  
 Mr Osborne    			Mr Stanhope 
Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Land (Planning and Environment) Amendment Bill 2001

Debate resumed from 7 March 2001, on motion by Ms Tucker:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (9.43): The system of defined land was established to enable the planning controls for an area, usually a newly developing suburb, to be progressively refined as the detail design of the subdivision and the estate development unfolded. The system is intended to provide the flexibility for the land release and development process to proceed efficiently within an approved and publicly available framework. Ms Tucker's bill proposes the removal of the defined land provisions from the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991.

The government will oppose the bill. Firstly, it would significantly reduce the territory's capacity to meet its land supply needs in a flexible and cost-effective manner. Removal of the defined land provisions would mean that the Territory Plan would need to prescriptively define the detailed land use policy for new developments well ahead of the time the land was programmed for release. The levels of detail required could be effectively achieved only if detailed subdivision and engineering design were undertaken prior to defining the planning policies. If circumstances subsequently change, a full variation to the Territory Plan, usually taking between six and 12 months, would be required before the land could be developed in a different manner.

We have to remember how land gets to be defined land in the first place. It is not through the waving of a magic wand. The summary of steps in the defined land process are as follows. The land is identified as defined land, and the principles and policies for its


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