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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 14 December 2006) . . Page.. 4137 ..

discussions with our tenants and the community to ensure that we get the best possible housing assistance system for those most in need.

I commend the bill to members.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Burke) adjourned to the next sitting.

Planning and Development Bill 2006

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Planning) (10.54): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, the Planning and Development Bill 2006 is the most significant reform to planning legislation in the ACT since self-government. As I recently commented in the Assembly, we have taken the opportunity to put in place the national leading practice model for development assessment, and we will be the only jurisdiction to have done so in the country.

In 2001 the Labor government’s pre-election commitments identified planning for the ACT as one of its top priorities. This ultimately led to a range of significant changes to the planning and land administration system within the ACT, including the creation of the ACT Planning and Land Authority and the Land Development Agency, a review of the concessional lease grant and administration system, and customer service enhancements and improved public information systems.

After the establishment of the authority, I tabled my inaugural statement of planning intent, which identified governance and legislative reform as the first of seven principles for governing the planning and development of the ACT. This principle established that as part of any overarching reform agenda, the following could be expected:

the management of the leasehold estate as part of the territory’s planning and development regulation system;

streamlining the development assessment system for all activities;

urgent changes to minimise planning system impediments in Civic, our town centres and along transport corridors, including during the pre-application phase;

maintaining and promoting a single integrated development assessment path;

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