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that the related use could be undertaken on the site. The EPA endorsed this amendment as it would not likely impact on the quiet enjoyment of neighbouring residents.
The draft variation was put on hold while contamination studies were undertaken to satisfy concerns by the EPA that the sites proposed to be rezoned as part of the variation would be suitable for the uses permitted in the new zones. The studies were completed early last year and endorsed by the EPA, allowing the variation process to continue.
The draft variation was referred to me for consideration. I referred DV329 to the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal in August 2017 to provide them with the opportunity of holding an inquiry into the draft variation. The standing committee held an inquiry into DV329, receiving three written submissions and hearing from two community members in November 2017. The standing committee released report No 4 in February this year, containing 11 recommendations in relation to the draft variation.
The ACT government agreed with five recommendations, agreed in part with one recommendation and noted a further five recommendations. The majority of the recommendations noted and agreed to relate to Territory Plan processes generally and will inform the preparation of future variations.
In response to the recommendations, DV329 was amended to specify building heights in metres as well as storeys for development along Parkinson Street to provide greater certainty for the community. A further amendment was made to the variation to clarify that provisions controlling development on the rezoned site at the corner of Brierly and Parkinson streets did not impact on development elsewhere in the section. I directed the planning authority to make the necessary changes to DV329, which I have now approved, and I am pleased to be able to table that approved variation.
Planning and Development Act—variation No 344 to the Territory Plan
Paper and statement by minister
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (3.38): For the information of members, I present the following paper:
Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 79(1)—Approval of Variation No 344 to the Territory Plan—Woden Town Centre: Zone changes and amendments to the Phillip precinct map and code, dated 8 August 2018, including associated documents.
In accordance with the provisions of the act, this variation is presented with the background papers and copies of the summaries and reports. I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.