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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . . Page.. 426..


(1) Have any developments, or development applications, been delayed pending the outcome of the Review of ACT Supermarket Competition Policy; if so, (a) what are the developments that have been delayed, (b) where are the developments and (c) for what purpose were they delayed.

(2) When will each development now be finalised.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) There are two current direct sale applications for contiguous land by commercial property owners in Charnwood and Kambah Village. Consideration of these applications is on hold pending the outcome of Government consideration of the Implementation Plan of the 'Review of ACT Supermarket Competition Policy' by Mr John Martin in 2009.

(2) The outcome of Government consideration of the Implementation Plan of the 'Review of Supermarket Competition Policy' is expected to be announced in the near future. Following that announcement, advice on the applications will be provided to the Government.

Housing—construction materials

(Question No 520)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 10 December 2009:

(1) Do ACT planning and construction laws dictate the type of building materials that must be used for residential dwellings; if so, what are these requirements.

(2) Do ACT planning and construction laws permit construction of housing in the ACT using (a) mud brick, (b) straw bale, (c) cob and (d) compacted earth.

(3) Are there particular restrictions on the use of the construction materials referred to in part (2); if so, what are they and what additional work would need to be done to make the use of these materials permissible.

(4) Are these materials permitted to be used for building in all parts of the ACT or are there restrictions on some areas.

(5) Are there different requirements for residential zonings and rural zonings.

(6) How do energy efficiency ratings reflect the overall efficiency of the material referred to in part, in particular, do EER ratings take into account the thermal mass of the materials.

(7) What limitations or restrictions are there on using composting toilets in the ACT.

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

(1) Planning and construction laws do not generally dictate materials, but circumstances can trigger specific restrictions. For example, windows might not be allowed to overlook a neighbour's private space, or brickwork might have to comply with heritage restrictions, or a garage might have to match a house.


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