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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3245..


MR BARR (continuing):

specific to a single zone type, block, section or group of blocks. Territory-wide variations to zoning requirements should be promoted as such. Again, this is agreed in part. Wherever feasible, ACTPLA will endeavour to keep variations to the territory plan to single matters or issues. ACTPLA will also better explain and promote variations of this type in the future where they combine both zone and site-specific issues.

Variation 288 incorporated two components, being changes to the general provisions for all high density residential zones and site-specific changes, including the rezoning of the Lyons site. As both components had implications for the Lyons site, to assist public understanding it was considered important that the two related matters be dealt with in a single variation to the territory plan. Processing requirements for variations to the territory plan are set out in the Planning and Development Act. The decision to process the components of this variation together, rather than in separate variations, better utilises ACTPLA's resources and those of the Legislative Assembly.

The committee's penultimate recommendation is that future draft variation documentation includes additional information on the current territory plan provisions to assist the community to better understand the implications of the variation. This is noted and agreed.

The committee's final recommendation is that in future ACTPLA ensure that all relevant documentation is available to the public during the statutory draft variation consultation period and that ACTPLA check that website links to those documents work. This is again noted and agreed. I advise the Assembly that ACTPLA now runs daily checks on the links to ensure that all documents on its website are accessible.

I thank the committee for its consideration and report in this very important variation. I am pleased to table the approved variation to the territory plan No 288.

Planning and Development Act 2007—schedule of leases

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Planning and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 242(2)—Schedule—Leases granted for the period 1 April to 30 June 2009.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: Section 242 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 requires that a statement be tabled in the Legislative Assembly each quarter outlining details of leases granted by direct sale. Section 458 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 as amended by the Planning and Development Regulation 2008 also provides transitional arrangements for all direct grant applications made under the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991, now repealed, to be decided under the repealed act.


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