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normal Canberra landscape and we would, of course, consult with the community in considering whether to raise the height limit in the future.

The bill also seeks to provide the Minister for Planning and Land Management with the authority to refer projects to the design review panel as required. This is primarily for proposals that do not meet the prescribed development threshold but are considered to be of economic, social or environmental significance for the city.

While the bill proposes requirements for consultation with the design review panel, it also allows for a proponent to self-refer a development proposal to the design review panel. Allowing proponents to self-refer is an important part of the bill that will encourage those proponents who are outside the prescribed development thresholds, but who are seeking expert and independent advice, to enhance the design outcomes for their proposed development.

Finally, the bill proposes an amendment to the Planning and Development Act 2007 to ensure that the design review panel's independent advice must be considered by the Planning and Land Authority during the development assessment processes. This is an important step in the design review panel process to ensure that a design review panel's advice is addressed during the assessment of a development application.

In this regard, the bill proposes that a development approval must not be given if the proponent has not satisfactorily responded to the design review panel's advice. In the case that a proponent seeks to amend a development application, the bill offers the ability for the Planning and Land Authority to seek further design advice from the panel.

In conclusion, establishing a single design review panel process in the ACT will allow for greater potential to attract the best urban planning practitioners and designs from across Australia to contribute to better design outcomes for significant development proposals. It also provides a structured process that will complement and add value to the local design industry and the pre-application advice provided by government. I look forward to seeing the enhanced design across out growing city.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technology and Space Industries) (11.32): Pursuant to standing order 182A(b), I seek leave to move amendments to this bill that are minor and technical in nature together.


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