Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 6 (6 June) . .
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
The Assembly met at 10 am.
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) took the chair, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
The following response to a petition has been lodged:
Curtin draft master plan—petition 1-17
By Mr Gentleman, Minister for Planning and Land Management, dated 16 May 2017, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Le Couteur on 14 February 2107 concerning the Curtin group centre draft master plan.
The response read as follows:
Dear Mr Duncan
Thank you for your letter of 14 February 2017 about petition No. 1-17 lodged by Ms Le Couteur MLA on behalf of certain Australian Capital Territory residents.
I understand the petition brings to the attention of the Assembly that, following widespread consultation, the Draft Master Plan for the Curtin Group Centre was published in November 2015. Further, the Community Engagement Report found that Curtin has a strong sense of community, and that the shopping centre's central courtyard should not be compromised with respect to sunlight. The final Master Plan has not yet been declared, but a development application has been lodged for a large, 24-metre, 6-storey development in the courtyard of the shopping centre of Curtin centre.
The petitioners have therefore requested that the Assembly ensure that, in the absence of the final Master Plan, the Minister follows the terms and recommendations of the Draft Master Plan for Curtin Group Centre to assess the acceptability of any development applications in the Group Centre and, in particular ensure that the amenity of sunlight in the central courtyard (Curtin Square) is maintained, and any buildings are limited to no more than 2 storeys on Curtin Square.
In relation to the development application (DA) lodged over Block 7 Section 62 Curtin (41 Curtin Place) for a six storey mixed use development, I am advised by the planning and land authority that their assessment of the DA was made against the requirements of the Territory Plan, with due consideration also given to the views of the community, including in relation to the requirements of the Draft Master Plan for the Curtin Group Centre. The DA was subsequently refused by the planning and land authority on the 15 February 2017.