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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 19 September 2006) . . Page.. 2840 ..

circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee

Report 21

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (10.36): I present the following report:

Report 21 of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment entitled Draft variation to the territory plan No. 257—suburb of Crace, Gungahlin including a dissenting report, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

After much consultation and discussion over the past number of months, I have now tabled the report on variation No 257 to the territory plan, relating to the suburb of Crace in Gungahlin, on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment. The proposed suburb of Crace is one of the last undeveloped suburbs in Gungahlin. This variation to the territory plan sets out the planning principles and policies that will guide the development of the new suburb.

Crace is located in the southern portion of Gungahlin, south of the suburb of Palmerston, and has an area of approximately 133 hectares. It is expected to be inhabited by a population of about 3,000 in a variety of residential and urban residential dwellings. It will have community facilities and a mixed use shopping area. Crace had not been previously developed because it had been occupied by a CSIRO field station. The ACT government acquired the land from the commonwealth in 2004 and it has been deemed ready for urban development.

The purpose of the variation is to set out the principles and policies that reflect the planning intent and inform the development of the future suburb. The variation proposes to apply a defined land overlay to the area; adjust the current boundaries of the hills, ridges and buffer areas and residential policies between Crace, the Barton Highway and Gungaderra nature reserve; create areas of open space in the suburb, including two water quality control ponds; identify the local centre site; apply residential B9 area specific policy in the area around the Crace local centre; designate the major roads through the suburb; and introduce a broadacre land use policy in the north-eastern area of the suburb.

Issues such as domestic pet concerns, stormwater management, cultural heritage, biodiversity protection and transport were also addressed by way of this report, with positive implications for the territory plan. The committee believes that the recommendations within this report on variation No 257 to the territory plan will enable overall planning and development of Crace and future suburbs to incorporate sustainability principles including social, cultural, economic, environmental and ecological considerations. I urge the Assembly to take note of this report and endorse the recommendations contained therein.

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