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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . .

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Petition

The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Doszpot, from 548 residents:

Planning—draft variation 334

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that: The density of housing proposed by the Government through Draft Variation 334 for the Red Hill Public Housing site is unacceptable, as is the proposal for 4 and 6 storey buildings on it.

Your petitioners therefore call on the Assembly to request those Ministers responsible for Draft Variation 334 to redraft it in consultation with the community, based on RZ2 zoning with a maximum of two storeys on all boundary areas and RZ3 zoning with a maximum of three stories at the central area of the site, with existing development codes applying to the whole of the residential areas of the site without variation; and in addition to provide a holistic and accurate assessment of impact to roads, traffic, parking, sewerage, water and drainage.

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.

Statement by member

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo), by leave: The petition I bring to the attention of the Assembly comes from over 584 concerned Red Hill residents and the broader Canberra community. The petition draws to the attention of the Assembly that the Red Hill public housing complex redevelopment in its current form has received extensive opposition from the Red Hill community since it was first raised in the early stages of consultation.

The main aspect concerning residents of Red Hill is that the changes in rezoning from RZ1-RZ2 to RZ5 will create the highest density of residential development in a residential area in the ACT. The zoning proposed is normally restricted to the surrounds of a significant commercial precinct, as can be seen by reviewing the location of RZ5 areas near larger shopping centres on the territory plan.


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