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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (5 August) . .

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Tuggeranong. The master planning processes have been comprehensive in their review of the various commercial centres, including Kambah, the town centre itself and Erindale. And there has been extensive public consultation and input which have informed the recommendations and priority outcomes for the various master plans.

The Kambah group centre master planning process has already resulted in amendments to the territory plan, and territory plan variation 317 commenced in May this year. The amendments increase the commercial zoning of the centre to promote an increased range of commercial uses across the centre. This was coupled with moderate increases in building heights to stimulate development and redevelopment at the centre. Longstanding pedestrian and vehicle connections issues have also been resolved. There were four public submissions received in relation to a draft of variation 317 relating to the floor area of the supermarket, parking and clarity of the wording of the territory plan provision. The issues were dealt with in a report on consultation and amendments made to the draft variation accordingly.

The Tuggeranong town centre master planning process has been the most extensive of the Tuggeranong master plans, because it dealt with the town centre itself. By its very nature, it needed to take a long-term approach to revitalisation of the town centre. Territory plan variation 318 is stage 1 in the implementation of the Tuggeranong town centre master plan. It focuses on implementing the priority areas of the master plan. The variation seeks to increase building heights in the key locations of the town centre to stimulate office and residential development and redevelopment in these locations. This includes a landmark site on Athllon Drive where building heights of up to 12 storeys are recommended, and it provides ample opportunity for large-scale offices suitable for the use of commonwealth government agencies. The variation rezones parts of the town centre to bring it in line with the master plan recommendations for consolidation of the commercial centre of Tuggeranong. This is focused around Soward Way. Residential development has been promoted through zone changes to the eastern side of the lake. This activates an underutilised part of the lake side and provides links with surrounding residential development and the Southquay lake side development that is already under construction.

These changes implement the government's broader strategic planning for Canberra outlined in the ACT planning strategy of increased development opportunities and residential development in the town centres. This means that more people are able to live and work in town centres and have excellent access to public transport.

On the Erindale master plan, we had quite a bit of community consultation. Master plans are designed to use community consultation, amongst other information, to define what is the important part about the centre within the territory and try to conserve, develop and put into best practice its features. An example of the master plan that has been developed in Tuggeranong is the Erindale group centre master plan, which was completed in September 2012. The Erindale master plan outlines a vision to guide the development of the growth of the Erindale group centre over the next 30 years. The master plan process was conducted along with the Erindale major bus station feasibility study. This study was run closely with the master plan project in order to examine the options for locating a new bus stop in the vicinity of the centre. The development of this master plan and feasibility study includes a large amount of public consultation.

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