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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 5 Hansard (5 May) . . Page.. 2021..


materials included in an original rating, and the effect of rebate and other energy efficiency incentive schemes on building performance.

In my view such an exercise would not be a productive use of ACTPLA's resources.

Housing—affordability (Question No 1634)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 7 April 2011:

(1) What planning instruments are used to ensure that the Government's target of 20 percent affordable housing is met.

(2) Is the target included in the requirements for the various residential codes and is the target part of any precinct codes.

(3) How does the 20 percent affordable housing target apply to new suburbs and estates which may have a mixture of single residences and multi-unit development and how are conditions for developers to meet such requirements applied.

(4) How are affordable housing conditions placed on private developments which are being built on land not previously owned by the ACT Government and are lease conditions the only method the Government has to use.

(5) Does it also apply to infill developments, such as Precinct D of the QIC development, previously known as Section 84, behind the Canberra Centre; if so, how are conditions for developers to meet such requirements applied in these situations.

(6) Are development conditions placed upon approvals for large-scale multi-unit housing, to ensure that 20 percent of apartments are affordable; if so, (a) are there any other related conditions and (b) how are the conditions applied to the development.

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

(1) The 20 percent target for affordable housing for greenfields developments undertaken by private developers or government joint ventures are included in the Deed of Agreement which contains all the development conditions and is annexed to the holding lease for the land.

For government land developments undertaken by the Land Development Agency, the affordable housing policy is implemented by the Department of Land and Property Services

(2) No. The Territory Plan is not the appropriate instrument for the delivery of such a policy.

(3) The 20% affordable housing target in new estates is applied to the total number of dwellings approved for the estate by the Territory.

The developers must meet the affordable housing requirements specified in the Deed of Agreement in accordance with the policy and wording provided by the Department of Land and Property Services before the final 20% of residential leases are issued to the developer by ACTPLA.


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