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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 2021..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

the requirements of the Territory plan. It will provide for activities at street level which will contribute to community safety, vitality and social interaction, as well as for flexibility over time.

I have used my call-in powers in this instance because I consider the proposal to have a substantial effect on the achievement of the objectives of the Territory plan in respect to town centres. The particular criteria are in the land act at subsection 229B (2).

The proposal significantly contributes to the mix of land uses, including residential uses, which contribute to an active and diverse character. The proposal also maintains and enhances the environmental amenity while achieving a high standard of urban design consistent with the function of the centre.

Section 229B of the act specifies that, if I decide an application, I must table a statement to the Legislative Assembly within three sitting days of the decision. As required by the act and for the benefit of members, the statement I have provided includes a description of the development, details of the land where the development is proposed to take place, the name of the applicant, details of my decision and grounds for the decision. With the statement I have also tabled the comments of the ACT Planning and Land Council on this matter.

Land supply

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Residential, commercial and community land supply strategy-2004-2005 to 2008-2009.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I am pleased to table today details of the government's land supply strategy for 2004-05 to 2008-09. The strategy is a key mechanism in implementing the Canberra plan. The strategy assists in delivering a more sustainable city by focusing development in Civic and the town centres, providing housing choice, promoting housing affordability, and responding to the needs of an ageing population through the provision of suitable accommodation. The strategy also aims to ensure that the community's needs for land are met and that infrastructure provision is efficiently coordinated. Consistent with strategies in the spatial plan, the city west master plan and the economic white paper, the strategy identifies residential and commercial release in Civic, the town centres and at Kingston foreshore.

Mr Speaker, in particular the strategy focuses on reinforcing Civic as the city's central business district through the release of major sites for office and residential development. The government is committed to ensuring Civic is Canberra's dynamic hub. These releases will increase the vitality of Civic by increasing day and night time population in this centre. This will support a wider range of businesses, services and entertainment

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