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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 6 May 2010) . . Page.. 2062 ..

(6) Yes, but not necessarily to all dwellings. It is very difficult to achieve direct solar access to all dwellings in an apartment building.

(7) The use of rules in codes is a key part of performance based planning. In some cases a rule is mandatory, but in many others departures from a rule are allowed provided the applicant can properly justify those departures by reference to criteria.

(8) If this measure is ultimately adopted, yes.

(9) Yes.

(10) LDA will implement by ensuring the estate planning is capable of accommodating housing that can comply. However, ultimately the enforcement of planning policy is the responsibility of ACTPLA.

(11) Overshadowing and solar access provisions are proposed to be incorporated into a number of codes, including a new Estate Development Code, as part of the first stage of a continuing review of the Territory Plan by ACTPLA. Due to the significant nature of these and other changes, the new codes will be the subject of full variations to the Territory Plan, rather than technical variations. The new codes will become effective only after consideration by the Minister for Planning and the Legislative Assembly.

(12) It is proposed that medium and higher density sites will form part of each release including the release proposed for June 2010.

(13) The release of medium and higher density sites will occur as quickly as market demand warrants. LDA’s estimation is that it will take some time before there is sufficient demand for this type of housing in Molonglo to enable all of these sites to be released.Medium and higher density sites differ from ‘suburban’ residential sites in that the construction cost is much higher than the price of the land and if the sites are released before the market is ready, the land value can decrease.

Environment—noise pollution(Question No 891)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 25 March 2010:

(1) In relation to noise issues at the Transit Bar building and the Waldorf building, has the Environment Protection Authority done any noise measurements, both inside or outside, for each of these buildings; if so, what were the results.

(2) How many noise complaints have been received from the Waldorf, since the start of its residential use and when were they received.

(3) What did the noise complaints referred to in part (2) relate to.

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

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