Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 7 Hansard (4 June) . . Page.. 1831..
MR CORBELL (continuing):
raised by the community, which are now being reflected in the provisions of draft variation No 200. For the information of members, I again table a copy of that report. I present the following paper:
Proposed Residential Land Use Policies including the ACT Code for Residential Development, Report on discussion paper consultation, 21 April-23 April 2001, dated August 2001.
That report outlines a range of the concerns about overshadowing, about lack of private open space, about the ad hoc nature of dual and triple occupancy redevelopment-a host of issues that draft variation 200 seeks to address. As I have already indicated, clearly draft variation 200 will go through a very extensive consultation process, through the draft variation process, through an Assembly committee and, ultimately, on the floor of the Assembly itself.
It is wrong to suggest there has been no consultation. Draft variation No 200 is the result of a wide-ranging process that was commenced by the previous government in relation to residential land use policies. The discussion paper tabled by the previous minister, Mr Smyth, outlined the major concerns to which we have sought to respond.
MS DUNDAS: My question is also for the Minister for Planning, Mr Corbell. Minister, the focus of neighbourhood planning, since its inception, has been in your electorate of Molonglo. Minister, when will the other areas of Canberra be able to undertake much-needed upgrades within or without the neighbourhood planning process?
MR CORBELL: I am grateful for Ms Dundas' question. I think the first point that I should make is that the priorities of the neighbourhood planning program were outlined in the government's election document. Before the election, we said where the priority areas would be: the inner north and the inner south of Canberra, Woden and Weston Creek. It was outlined in our planning policy before the last election and, not surprisingly, we are seeking to implement that policy.
Those areas facing the most immediate redevelopment pressure were the areas to receive the attention of the neighbourhood planning program, as outlined in our election policy. That was our election commitment. We are seeking to implement that.
That does not mean that no change or planning is happening anywhere else in Canberra. The government remains committed to a detailed master planning process, as relevant, and as needed across Canberra, including in Tuggeranong, Belconnen and other areas that are not currently part of the neighbourhood planning program. We will continue to focus on master planning on a case-by-case basis, as is needed in those areas. Where appropriate, we will seek to make sure that master planning occurs parallel with the neighbourhood planning program. However, it will not necessarily have to be that way, particularly in areas that are not due for neighbourhood planning for some time.
MS DUNDAS: When will the neighbourhood planning process move out of the inner north and inner south into other areas and, in line with the master planning process, would you please-