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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 8 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 2463..


Debate (on motion by Mr Stefaniak ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Territory plan—variation No 256

Papers and statements by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to subsection 29 (1)—Approval of Variation No 256 to the Territory Plan—Kingston Group Centre Part Section 22, dated 10 August 2006, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

In accordance with the provisions of the act, this variation is presented with the background papers and copies of the summaries and reports. I also present for the information of members the following paper:

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee—Report 20—Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No 256—Kingston Group Centre Part Section 22—Government response.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Draft variation No 256 was prepared in response to community concerns regarding the potential for the intensity of some businesses to have an adverse impact on the surrounding residential neighbourhood. The variation proposes to extend precinct B of the Kingston group centre to include part of section 22 Kingston along the eastern side of Jardine Street. The effect of the variation will be to incorporate additional land use restrictions and controls for certain activities into the territory plan.

The variation was released for public comment in March 2005 and attracted 25 written submissions. The exhibited draft variation was revised in response to public submissions and discussions with ACT government agencies. The main provisions included new precinct boundaries that do not allow clubs, drink establishments, service stations and indoor entertainment facilities in that part of the group centre adjoining the residential area.

Development applications for new restaurants will be required to prepare a noise management plan as a condition of approval. Noise management plans will need to demonstrate compliance with noise standards in the Environment Protection Act 1997 and be endorsed by the appropriate regulating agency. The common terminology for the definition of restaurant in the territory plan has also been deleted to avoid association with activities commonly related to alcohol consumption, such as a brasserie or bistro.

The Standing Committee on Planning and Environment, in its report released in June, made eight recommendations in relation to the draft variation, among which was a recommendation that the government proceed with its implementation. The government


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