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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 12 Hansard (29 October) . .

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I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: Tabling the variation to the territory plan No 335, the variation proposes to change block 6, section 96 of Charnwood from TSZ2 services zone to CFZ community facilities zone. The variation for the site in Charnwood was part of the first omnibus of seven draft variations to the territory plan that were released in 2014 in support of the government's land release and public housing redevelopment programs. Variation 335 is the final variation I have approved from the package of sites.

Draft variation 335 was released for public comment between 7 November 2014 and 19 December 2014 and attracted no public submissions. A report on consultation was prepared for variation 335. However, no changes were made to the variation as there were no issues raised in consultation.

Before the draft variation 335 was released for public comment, non-statutory pre-consultation with the community was carried out by the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate. Three written submissions were received from the community. A report on the non-statutory consultation was made publicly available and was considered as background preparing for the DV335.

The government intends to release a site for a childcare centre. The site is next to existing community facility zoned land and variation 335 enables the whole section of land to be dedicated for a range of community uses permitted under the community facility zone. These uses include a childcare centre, a place of worship, health facility or supported housing. I have been advised by LDA that, with the approval of this territory plan variation, 100 new places will be released for auction. That is, 100 new childcare positions in the area will be released for auction by the LDA in 2016-17 for purchase for a future provider.

The government's intention to release a site for child care prompted an environmental investigation into the contamination of the site due to its previous use as a fire brigade depot. The assessment for contamination of the site was deemed necessary to assess the grounds' suitability for a proposed childcare centre. This has been completed and the report has been endorsed by the Environment Protection Authority. The report on the consultation prepared by variation 335 responds to, in full, the issues raised by the EPA.

Under section 73 of the Planning and Development Act, I have chosen to exercise my discretion and not refer the draft variation to the Planning, Environment, Territory and Municipal Services Standing Committee as there are no outstanding issues.

Paper

Mr Gentleman presented the following paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 242(2)—Schedule—Leases granted for the period 1 July to 30 September 2015.


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