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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 14 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 5398..


(5) Is this a firm commitment or an aspirational one.

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

(1) Phase II of the Affordable Housing Action Plan included an initiative to work with industry to develop universal design guidelines for the Territory, and requires that by the end of 2010, 20 per cent of all new detached housing comply with those guidelines. Consultation with industry groups has commenced with a view to developing universal design guidelines for the Territory by early 2010.

(2) In developing Phase II of the Affordable Housing Action Plan, the Affordable Housing Steering Group consulted with a wide range of industry representatives in developing its recommendations on universal design. In particular, a cross section of the aged sector was consulted in their role as members of the Advisory Group to the Affordable Housing Steering Group.

Since the release of the Phase II report in August 2009, the Chief Minister's Department has also consulted with the ACT Planning and Land Authority, and with the Master Builder's Association and Housing Industry Association in relation to development of universal design guidelines. Further consultation with relevant stakeholders is due to take place during November.

(3) The universal design guidelines themselves are due to be finalised by early 2010. The initiative will be considered complete when 100 per cent of all new detached housing constructed in the Territory complies with the universal design guidelines. The target is for this to occur by the end of 2020.

(4) The development of the universal design guidelines, and implementation of the guidelines is to be coordinated as part of the implementation of the Affordable Housing Action Plan. No additional resources or funding are anticipated for this initiative at this stage.

(5) The Government has endorsed the recommendations of the Affordable Housing Steering Group for Phase II of the Affordable Housing Action Plan, and now aims to implement those initiatives.

Planning-initiatives

(Question No 359)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 14 October 2009:

(1) When will the neighbourhood planning process be reinstated.

(2) In which suburbs will neighbourhood planning be reinstated.

(3) How will Master Plans be integrated into the Territory Plan.

(4) What is the total cost of this policy initiative.

(5) Is this a firm commitment or an aspirational one.


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