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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 2020..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

I have used my call-in powers in this instance because I consider the proposal to have a substantial effect on the achievement of objectives of the territory plan in respect of town centres. The particular criteria in the land act, subsection 229B (2) is:

The Minister may consider the application if, in the Minister's opinion-

the application seeks approval for development that may have a substantial effect on the achievement or development of objectives of the Territory Plan.

This proposal significantly contributes to the mix of land uses including residential uses which contribute to an active and diverse character in the Gungahlin Town Centre. The proposal also maintains and enhances the environmental amenity while achieving a standard of urban design consistent with the function of the centre.

Section 229B of the land act specifies that, if I decide an application, I must table a statement in the Assembly within three sitting days of the decision. Mr Speaker, as required by the act and for the benefit of members, the statement I have tabled provides a description of the development, the details of the land where the development is proposed to take place, the name of the applicant, details of my decision and grounds for the decision. With the statement I have also tabled the comments of the ACT Planning and Land Council on this matter.

Exercise of call-in powers-block 1, section 14, Gungahlin

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): I present the following paper:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to section 229B (7)-Statement regarding exercise of call-in powers-Development application No 200400009-Block 1, section 14, Gungahlin, dated 1 April 2004.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, on 26 March this year I directed, under section 229A of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act, that the ACT Planning and Land Authority refer to me development application No 200400009. This notifiable instrument was notified on the ACT Legislation Register.

On 6 May, I approved the application using my powers under section 229B of the land act. The application sought approval for the construction of a mixed-use building including commercial, retail (including a Big W store) and residential uses on section 14 Gungahlin.

In deciding the application, I gave careful consideration to the provision of ground-floor residential units fronting Gungahlin Place and Gozzard Street. I have imposed conditions on the approval that require a number of these units to be commercial while the rest would be easily convertible to a fully commercial unit. This proposal is consistent with


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