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

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Tuggeranong town centre master plan was endorsed by the ACT government in September 2012. The master plan presents a long-term strategy for the revitalisation and redevelopment of the Tuggeranong town centre. Variation 318 is the first step in implementing the master plan. It is intended to stimulate redevelopment in the priority areas identified in the master plan.

Draft variation 318 was released for public comment between December 2013 and February 2014 and attracted 13 public submissions. The main issues related to a loss of urban open space on the eastern side of the lake, building heights, proposed reductions of car parking rates for offices, development and treatment of the foreshore areas, and the built form and character. While relatively few public submissions were received, they varied widely in the issues they raised. Some submissions suggested the building heights may be too high; others indicated they were not high enough.

A report on consultation was prepared by the Environment and Planning Directorate responding to the issues raised in the submissions. That report sought to balance the range of views presented in the public submissions. A minor revision was made to the building height provisions for block 5 section 13 Greenway. I am satisfied that the issues raised in the public submissions have been adequately addressed through the report on consultation and in the revisions made to variation 318.

The draft variation was not referred to the standing committee, for three main reasons. Relatively few issues were raised in the submissions, and the nature and extent of those issues varied widely. Both the master plan and draft variation were subject to extensive public consultation over a number of years. And feedback from public presentations and the drop-in session held at the Hyperdome indicate a general awareness in the community about the need to stimulate redevelopment in the town centre.

I believe the time is right to stimulate growth and redevelopment in the Tuggeranong town centre. Variation 318 achieves this. It achieves it in a balanced way that protects the character and amenity of the town centre. I now have tabled approved variation 318 to the territory plan.

Papers

Mr Gentleman presented the following papers:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 242(2)—Schedule—Leases granted for the period 1 April to 30 June 2014.

Environment—carbon tax

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Dr Bourke): Madam Speaker has received letters from Ms Berry, Dr Bourke, Mr Coe, Mr Doszpot, Mr Hanson, Mrs Jones, Ms Lawder, Ms Porter, Mr Smyth and Mr Wall proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Mr Hanson be submitted to the Assembly, namely:


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