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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 12 Hansard (27 October) . . Page.. 5246..


The Environment Protection Regulation 2005 has been included in the review of the Act. Review of the noise provisions is part of this process.

(3) The review is expected to be completed in 2012.

Environment—strategic assessments (Question No 1840)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 21 September 2011:

(1) In relation to Strategic Environmental Assessment and Planning Reports, have the provisions in the Planning and Development Act 2007 regarding Strategic Environmental Assessment ever been used, and if so in which instances have these provisions been used.

(2) Given that any full review of the Territory Plan needs to have a Strategic Environmental Assessment undertaken under s.103 of the Planning and Development Act 2007, has this been done for the next round of Territory Plan review.

(3) Have the provisions in the Planning and Development Act 2007 regarding Planning Reports ever been used, and if so, are there regulations which prescribe what must be included in a planning report.

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

(1) The provisions of the Planning and Development Act 2007 regarding Strategic Environmental Assessment have not been used.

A strategic assessment under the Commonwealth's EPBC Act is being undertaken for the Molonglo Valley development.

(2) The current Territory Plan review projects (Community Facility Zones Review (DV302), Residential Zones Review (DV306), etc) are not being undertaken under section 102 of the Planning and Development Act.

Strategic environmental assessments have not been undertaken for those projects and it is not proposed to undertake one in relation to the next round of this process (Commercial Zones Review).

However, if a decision is taken to review the Territory Plan under section 102, a strategic environmental assessment will be required under section 103 of the Act.

(3) Planning Reports have been prepared and exhibited in conjunction with various draft Territory Plan variations since the commencement of the Planning and Development Act.

The Planning and Land Authority scopes the content of the individual planning reports based on the subject matter and issues raised by the proposal. However, there are no regulations prescribing what must be included in a planning report.


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