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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 18 March 2010) . . Page.. 1192 ..

(2) Does the Government expect to implement changes by way of Territory Plan changes, legislation or any other mechanism; if so, when will these be introduced.

(3) Is the Government planning to implement these differently for green field sites and infill sites.

(4) Will any implementation take into account the needs of solar hot water, photovoltaic systems and passive solar design.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Planning and Land Authority engaged a consultant in June 2009 to provide advice on improving policy provisions pertaining to solar access. The consultants researched national and international initiatives and proposed amendments/additions to the provisions in the Territory Plan (the Plan).

This work was presented to industry and community stakeholders at workshops held in October and November 2009. Testing of the recommendations across a number of greenfield and infill/redevelopment sites is currently being undertaken.

(2) Improvements to solar access and orientation requirements will be implemented through a suite of Draft Variations to the Territory Plan, particularly to the Estates Development Code (previously the Residential Sub division code), and the single dwelling and multi-unit Residential Codes. It is anticipated the Draft Variations will be released for consultation during the first half of this year.

(3) In greenfield developments there will be provisions to improve the orientation of blocks. Development on these blocks will be subject to the same controls as apply to redevelopment and infill sites. As stated previously the proposed amendments/additions to the policy provisions are being tested. This is to ensure there are no unintended consequences in applying these provisions to other important Government objectives for sustainability and affordability. Preliminary findings of this testing is indicating that some modified provisions may be necessary for the high density residential zones.

(4) It is beyond the remit of the planning system and hence the Territory Plan to mandate the inclusion of solar hot water, photo-voltaic systems and passive solar construction for residential dwelling construction. The amendments proposed, however, will encourage good orientation and assist in facilitating solar access to allow for these key features to be easily incorporated.

Environment—energy efficiency ratings(Question No 562)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 11 February 2010:

(1) In relation to the report Energy efficiency strategy for ACT Public Housing which was prepared in 2007, provided to me by the Minister’s office, does ACT Housing collect the information listed in the 4.1 Monitoring and Evaluation Program, in particular, are they collecting energy bill data; if so, is this information available in an aggregated form without personal information.

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