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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 4 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 999..


(3) No responsibilities have shifted from the Planning and Land Council to Community Councils.

Responsibilities of Community Councils have not changed as a result of the cessation of the Planning and Land Council. Community Councils have a non-statutory role on providing comment on significant development applications and policy proposals where they feel it appropriate to do so.

(4) There are no new responsibilities for Community Councils. The Councils are provided with an annual grant of $4,000 to support participation by the community in Community Councils' planning and development activities and to communicate to the ACT Planning and Land Authority the views, expectations and concerns of community members.

Community Councils are also represented on the Planning and Development Forum. The Forum was restructured following the consideration of the recommendations of the Institute for Governance report Review of Community Engagement in ACT Planning.

The focus of the Forum is "to provide strategic comment on planning and development policy to the ACT Government and the ACT Planning and Land Authority". The Forum also provides valuable assistance the Authority and the Minister in evaluating policies including responses to community and industry consultation processes.

Membership of the Planning and Development Forum is as follows:

  • three representatives from industry groups - Master Builders Association, Housing Industry of Australia, and Property Council of Australia;
  • three representatives from professional groups - Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Planning Institute of Australia and Australian Institute of Landscape Architects;
  • representatives from the Conservation Council of the South East region and Canberra and ACT Council of Social Service; and
  • Chairs of the Community Councils (or Council nominees).

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

Planning-inspections

(Question No 1477)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 28 February 2007:

Was the permission of the owner or resident sought and/or received when a Planning and Land Management inspector entered block 3, section 158 Kambah to take photos on 13 September and 10 October 2002.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

I am advised that upon reviewing the files to respond to this question the

ACT Planning and Land Authority (the Authority) has determined that a small number of


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