Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 3 Hansard (26 February) . . Page.. 746..
Planning and Development Act 2007—variation No 306 to the territory plan
Papers 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 papers:
Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 79(1)—Approval of Variation No 306 to the Territory Plan—Residential development, estate development and leasing codes: Replacement of residential zones objectives, development tables, and housing development codes—Introduction of Residential Zones Development Code and Lease Variation General Code—Replacement of Residential Subdivision Development Code with Estate Development Code, dated February 2013, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.
In accordance with the provisions of the act, this variation is presented with the background papers and copies of the summaries and reports.
I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.
MR CORBELL: Variation 306 has been undertaken as a part of the review of the territory plan. On 31 March 2008 a restructured territory plan was introduced to work in conjunction with the streamlined planning system, which was based on the best practice development assessment forum leading practice model.
When the restructured territory plan was introduced, the government gave a commitment that the policy content would be reviewed and updated as a result of changing economic, social and environmental circumstances to create a best practice and responsive development assessment framework. The first stage was completed in 2011 with the commencement of variation 302 which introduced new community facility zone objectives, a new zone development table and a new community facility zone development code.
Variation 306 is the second stage of the review and includes policy relating to all forms of development in residential zones and the subdivision of land. In keeping with the government's commitment to sustainability, a key focus of the review was improving solar performance of housing by ensuring that residential blocks are properly configured and to introducing a new solar fence provision to limit overshadowing of adjoining properties. The review of the territory plan continues with provisions relating to commercial and industrial development currently under consideration.