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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4430..


MR CORBELL: Variation 174 to the Territory Plan concerns blocks 2, 3, 14 and 15, section 124 of Narrabundah, part of which is occupied by the Hungarian-Australian Club. The proposal was to change the existing land use policy applying to:

blocks 2 and 3, section 124, Narrabundah (the Hungarian-Australian Club site) from entertainment, accommodation and leisure land use policy to residential land use policy with a B11 area-specific policy; and

blocks 14 and 15, section 124, Narrabundah, from community facility to residential land use policy with a B11 area-specific policy.

The B11 area-specific policy would have provided for a residential development up to a maximum of three storeys and necessitated the preparation and approval of a section master plan. A total of 57 submissions were received in response to the exhibited draft variation and, following the public consultation process, the draft variation was revised by removing the B11 area-specific policy.

The implications of this were that residential development would be limited to a maximum height of two storeys and no section master plan would be required. It was proposed that all detailed design and siting matters would be considered at the development application stage and would be subjected to the high-quality sustainable-design process.

These processes required, amongst other things, a detailed site analysis to be undertaken and a comprehensive design response report to be prepared before the development application could be lodged. The Planning and Environment Committee considered the revised draft variation and, in its report No 4 of May 2002, made four recommendations, as follows:

Recommendation 1

The committee recommends that blocks 14 and 15 of section 124 be omitted from Draft Variation 174 and be retained as "Community Facility Land".

Recommendation 2

The committee recommends that PALM consult with the local community concerning the best use of the site (blocks 14 and 15 of section 124) within the current land use policy.

Recommendation 3

The committee recommends that the Entertainment, Accommodation and Leisure Land Use policy be retained from blocks 2 and 3 of section 124, Narrabundah, and that the Government proceed no further with Draft Variation number 174.

Recommendation 4

The committee recommends the Government review the operation of all pre self-government leases within the context of the Land, Planning and Environment Act 1991.

After careful consideration of recommendations 1 to 3, the government proposes an alternative course of action. It has directed the ACT Planning Authority to revise draft variation 174 by retaining the proposed residential land use policy, but including an area-specific policy to require that a minimum of 50 per cent of the residential units on the


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