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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 15 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 5650..


MR BARR (continuing):

Clause 19 of the bill inserts a new section 181(2) that states that a regulation may create offences and fix penalties of not more than 60 penalty units for the offences.

Clause 20 inserts a new part 25 which provides for transitional matters. A lessee is not required to provide a unit title assessment report if an application for a unit title subdivision has been made to the Planning and Land Authority but has not yet been decided or proceedings in ACAT in relation to the application have not ended when part 25 of the act commences. Part 25 also provides a regulation-making power to quickly correct or cover a matter that may have been inadvertently left out or needs amending or correcting. Part 25 operates for five years only.

Through its engagement with industry, the government has acted decisively in the last 12 months, as part of the ACTPLAn initiative, to address several areas of concern. This is another example of a practical response to one of the few remaining issues that industry have raised. We will continue to work to ensure close cooperation with the construction industry to ensure that the industry is able to continue to deliver housing stock in Canberra as part of the government's overall strategy of ensuring the provision of more housing, particularly more affordable housing.

Continuing the tradition, on behalf of planning nerds in the territory, I commend this bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Seselja) adjourned to the next sitting.

Planning and Development Amendment Bill 2009 (No 2)

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Gaming and Racing) (10.55): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

This bill makes various minor amendments to refine and improve the readability and operation of the Planning and Development Act. The changes are, for the most part, of a technical or minor nature, including amendments for consistency and clarity. In addition, the bill makes a number of minor policy adjustments.

Members would be aware that earlier this year, in October, the government released an exposure draft of this bill for public comment. The exposure draft was available for comment until 26 November 2009.

The Planning and Development Act commenced on 31 March 2008 and put in place national leading practice for the assessment of development applications. When I introduced the Planning and Development Bill back in 2007, it was clear that we


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