Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 8 Hansard (6 August) . .
• Support the community application for Heritage listing of the subject duplexes
• Recommend CSD engage, as a matter of course, with the local community before lodging DAs relating to future multi-unit social housing developments
The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.
The Clerk: The following response to petitions has been lodged by a minister:
By Mr Gentleman, Minister for Planning, dated 4 August 2015, in response to petitions lodged by Mr Rattenbury on 7 May 2015 concerning the Dickson shopping centre development.
The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.
Planning—Dickson—petition No 4-15
Planning—Dickson—petition No 5-15
The response read as follows:
Thank you for your letter of 7 May 2015 about E-petition No. 4-15 lodged by Mr Rattenbury MLA on behalf of 123 Australian Capital Territory residents and Petition No. 5-15 lodged by Mr Rattenbury MLA on behalf of 1142 Australian Capital Territory residents.
I understand that both petitions draw to the attention of the Assembly that immediate action needs to be taken to protect the Dickson shopping centre and Dickson library, together with associated health/postal/banking and other services, and halt all planned development activity in the shopping centre's main car park (Block 21 Section 30) and the heritage buffer that surrounds the adjoining library.
The petitioners, therefore, request that the Assembly and members of the ACT Public Service's Environment and Planning Directorate and Economic Development Directorate do not approve any new major site works or the sale of further public land until a full and independent impact assessment has been completed and made publicly available.
The planning and land authority is an independent planning body whose role is to undertake independent assessments of all development applications. As the proposed development is a Merit Track application there is no legislative requirement or obligation to undertake an impact assessment. The planning and land authority rigorously assesses Merit track applications and considers the impacts during the assessment. On this basis the planning and land authority's process is consistent with the petition statement.
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