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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 2 Hansard (14 February) . . Page.. 626..


Planning and Development Act 2007—call-in powers

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 161(2)—Statement regarding exercise of call-in powers—Development application No 201222510—Block 7 Section 18 Flynn.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: On 7 December last year, as Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development and under section 158 of the Planning and Development Act 2007, I directed the Planning and Land Authority to refer to me development application No 201222510. The DA sought approval for, among other things, the proposed second stage of the redevelopment of the former Flynn primary school to adapt the remainder of the existing building into a community hub. On 19 December 2012, I decided to consider the development application. On 19 December 2012, I decided to approve the application using my powers under section 162 of the Planning and Development Act.

In deciding the application, I gave careful consider to the requirements of the territory plan, the advice of the Environment Protection Authority, Territory and Municipal Services Directorate, ActewAGL, the Conservator of Flora and Fauna, the ACT Heritage Council, the transport planning section of the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, and—as required by the legislation—the Planning and Land Authority.

I also gave consideration to the representations received by the Planning and Land Authority during the public notification period for the DA that occurred in October and November last year and the response to those submissions by the proponent. I have imposed conditions on the approval of the DA that require, among other things, sediment and erosion control, tree protection, bird management and the submission of a temporary traffic management plan.

The Planning and Development Act provides for specific criteria in relation to the exercise of the call-in power. I have used my powers in this instance because I consider the proposal will provide a substantial public benefit, particularly to the immediate Flynn and broader north Canberra community, with the provision of a much needed community centre.

The proposed refurbishment and the reuse of the older buildings will furthermore enhance greater efficiency in the management of these government owned assets. The


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