Page 946 - Week 03 - Thursday, 30 March 2023

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(2) further notes that:

(a) the ACT Government declared a climate emergency in 2019 and is committed to taking action on climate change;

(b) climate science and recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports make it clear that less urban sprawl and more high quality, climate-resilient infill is needed along transit corridors that are well-serviced by public and active transport, and co-location of jobs and housing to achieve compact urban form;

(c) the ACT Government has committed to at least 70 percent of new housing development to be within Canberra’s existing urban footprint, with an ambition to increase this share. The ACT Greens have committed to a minimum 80 percent of new housing development to be infill within Canberra’s existing urban footprint and to set city limits and stop unending urban sprawl;

(d) over this parliamentary term, the ACT Government has introduced a range of initiatives to ensure that the planning system responds to the need to ensure that a more compact city also prioritises living infrastructure and green space – recognising the importance of these measures to deliver a more liveable city in the context of a warmer and drier climate, both in the public realm and on private residential land;

(e) the ACT Government commenced the ACT Planning Review and Reform Project in 2019, and has extensively consulted on a future Planning Bill, Territory Plan and District Strategies for the Territory. This has further extended the conversation in the community regarding how medium density housing can be delivered in Canberra with draft proposals to change dwelling density policies in residential zones, identify areas for further investigation and clearly consult further on whether more single residential homes should be built through increasing dual occupancy developments on RZ1 zoned land;

(f) the ACT Planning Review and Reform Project provides a unique opportunity to address how we provide for medium density housing, the “missing middle”, in the ACT. In considering these opportunities, it is also important that we embed work that has already occurred around climate wise planning instruments as part of the planning system;

(g) the ACT Government is pursuing a whole-of-government approach to providing more low income and affordable housing with the programs and policies at its disposal;

(h) a coalition consisting of community, environment and industry groups has emerged calling for the ACT Government to address “missing middle” housing options, including the ACT Council of Social Service, ACT Shelter, Better Renting, Conservation Council ACT Region, Greater Canberra, Havelock Housing, Light House, Living Streets Canberra, Master Builders ACT, Pedal Power ACT, PTCBR, Purdon Planning, TT Architecture, The Y, and YWCA Canberra;

(i) this is a critical time to examine what sort of Canberra our new planning system will create and how we want to densify;

(j) community consultation and parliamentary scrutiny are needed to explore how we can densify in a way that delivers more options,

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