Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (20 September) . . Page.. 3322..
MR GENTLEMAN (continuing):
discussed current issues with the site and potential issues relating to the development. The committee was briefed at the Assembly by Ms Purdon, Director of Purdon Associates; Mr Colin Stewart of Colin Stewart Architects; and Mr Jure Domezet, Director of the Doma Group, on the proposed redevelopment of the site.
At this meeting there were a number of background documents, including a planning study and report on the consultation provided to the committee for consideration. Various consultations were undertaken by the proponent, including discussions with members of the former Manuka LAPAC, with residents of Barton Court and Macquarie Street, and with the chairman of the ACT Heritage Council. Additionally, a community information session was organised. All residents of Barton were invited and those in attendance were surveyed. According to Purdon Associates, these consultations found that there was strong support for the redevelopment. However, as with all variations to the territory plan, there were a number of related issues for the committee to examine.
Purdon Associates identified various issues in relation to DV 238. These included current traffic congestion along Macquarie Street; the levels of residential development in Barton; that the development should be sensitive to the heritage components of the area, including trees and setbacks; that commercial activities will provide a focal point in Barton and, as such, should be included in the development; and also that the gymnasium and other facilities in the development should be open to local residents.
Whilst it was identified that commercial services will provide a focal point in Barton, concerns of noise levels were raised in the provision of cafes, shops and personal services. As such, the committee recommends that noise abatement regulations be applied in relation to section 27. Further, various submissions highlighted traffic and parking issues, citing existing limitation in space availability and the potential increased traffic flow as concerns.
In recommendation 2 of the report the committee recommends that the relevant ministers ensure that parking policy officers in their respective departments support, in broad terms, the introduction of paid parking and/or other traffic reduction measures in Barton, Parkes and Forrest during consultations with the NCA. And further, that the ACT government introduces paid parking in the areas for which it has responsibility. The relevant stakeholders responded to all issues raised throughout the process, and those responses are provided in the report.
Subject to the recommendations, the committee considers section 27 an ideal location for a mixed-used development and recommends that DV 238 be agreed to. As committee chair, I would like to thank all those involved in the consultation process and, in particular, the committee office and the secretary, Dr Hanna Jaireth.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Legal Affairs—Standing Committee
Scrutiny report 16
MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra): I present the following report: