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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 8 Hansard (5 August) . . Page.. 2810..


The applicant for this proposal has lodged an alteration to the Development Application (DA) to respond to many of the concerns raised by the community. The altered DA and Preliminary Assessment (PA) have been renotified consistent with the requirements of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991.

The evaluation of a PA and the assessment of a DA are the responsibility of the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) and due process needs to be followed.

The petition raises concerns that the magnitude of the social and environmental impacts of the proposed Canberra Technology City remains unknown. The very purpose of the PA process is to ascertain the extent of potential impacts and determine whether higher level environmental assessment is required.

The DA process will determine the suitability of the land for the proposed use after consideration of the requirements of the Territory Plan, relevant legislation, and the outcome of the PA evaluation. As part of its assessment, ACTPLA will also take into consideration submissions from the community. The outcome of the determination by ACTPLA, as sought by the petition, should not be pre-empted.

Response for tabling to petitions lodged on 26 June 2008 by Mr Pratt MLA, in relation to DA 200704152, Tuggeranong district.

The applicant for this proposal has lodged alterations to the application to respond to many of the concerns raised by the community. The altered application has been renotified and is the subject of assessment.

The evaluation of a PA and the assessment of a DA are the responsibility of the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) and due process needs to be followed.

The Government has only provided "in principle"agreement to the use of the site for the purpose sought, subject to planning approval.

The petition raises concerns that the magnitude of the social and environmental impacts of the proposed Canberra Technology City remains unknown. The very purpose of a PA process is to scope the extent of potential impacts and determine whether higher level environmental assessment is required.

The DA process will determine the suitability of the land for the proposed use after consideration of the requirements of the Territory Plan, relevant legislation, and the outcome of any PA evaluation. As part of its assessment, ACTPLA will also take into consideration submissions from the community. The assessment process is determined by the provisions of the Land (Planning & Environment) Act 1991 and it would be inappropriate to pre-empt the outcome of the DA assessment in the manner suggested by the petition.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 57

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (10.34): I present the following report:


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