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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 5 Hansard (29 May) . . Page.. 1116..


MR BARR (continuing):

I will now provide a brief outline of the government's response to the committee's report. The committee's first recommendation was that the proposed variation to territory plan No 259 proceed, subject to the recommendations in the committee's report. The committee's second recommendation that the scope of the term "convenient shopping and personal services"be better defined in the territory plan is agreed to in part, and an additional control has been included for precinct "b"restricting an individual shop size to no more than 200 square metres.

The committee's third recommendation was that the ACT commercial waste industry code of practice and environment protection regulation 2005 be reviewed insofar as they regulate the hours during which waste can be collected from the mixed services area in Phillip and others as appropriate. This matter has been referred to the Department of Territory and Municipal Services for further investigation.

The committee's fourth recommendation that additional community facility and/or public land be identified in sections 23 and/or 104 and in block 1 and/or block 4 of section 35 is noted. However, no specific changes to the variation are proposed. The land use policy on these sections already allows for community facilities and uses, although section 104 is required predominantly for car parking. Providing specifically identified community sites may limit or diminish funding opportunities and remove the potential for cross-subsidisation and partnerships between community and other commercially oriented activities.

The committee's fifth recommendation was that, as part of its proposed climate change strategy, the ACT government consider the provision of financial or other incentives for buildings that are outstanding under the green building council's green star energy rating methodology for new commercial and multistorey residential buildings and/or in relation to the Australian building code. This suggestion has been referred to the Office of Sustainability within the Department of Territory and Municipal Services, which is preparing a climate change strategy due for release in the very near future by the Chief Minister.

The committee's sixth recommendation was that the planning and land authority require the joint venture partners in the Woden east estate to provide incentives for native gardens of predominantly local provenance. The committee's seventh recommendation was that the planning and land authority require the joint venture partners to develop a mechanism for dealing with graffiti, litter and shopping trolleys in the Woden east estate for a prescribed period, such as 10 years, as a condition of the development approval. Both of these recommendations have been referred to the Land Development Agency, which is currently finalising a joint venture agreement to develop the Woden east estate.

The committee's eighth recommendation was that the planning and land authority amend the proposed extension of the town centre commercial B precinct "b"land use policy in the Woden town centre to include section 22 block 2, and remove the 8M Phillip public pool overlay as part of the B8 entertainment, accommodation, and leisure land use policies, and this is supported.


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