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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 19 October 2010) . . Page.. 4620 ..

MR BARR: Section 242 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 requires that a statement be tabled in the Assembly each quarter outlining details of leases granted by direct sale. The schedule I have just tabled covers the leases granted for the period 1 July 2010 to 30 September 2010. In addition, 58 single dwelling house leases, eight of which were land rent leases, were granted by direct sale in the quarter.

Planning and Development Act 2007—variation No 299 to the territory plan

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Gaming and Racing): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 79(1)—Approval of Variation No 299 to the Territory Plan—Changes to zoning at Lawson South and the introduction of a Structure Plan and Concept Plan, dated 12 October 2010, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: Draft variation No 299 to the territory plan proposes to introduce a structure plan, a concept plan and zoning changes for Lawson South. The ACT government announced in 2007 that it would commence a planning study to identify opportunities for future urban development in the southern part of Lawson. As you know, Mr Assistant Speaker, the southern part of Lawson is territory-owned land.

Consultation was undertaken as part of the planning studies. The issues raised by the community and government agency stakeholders were taken into consideration and addressed in finalising the planning study in September 2009.

The vision for Lawson South is for a liveable, sustainable urban village, one that minimises environmental impacts and maximises the positive aspects of the suburb. The revised zoning will enable a number of sustainability initiatives and higher density developments. The development is close to public transport, Lake Ginninderra, the Belconnen town centre, the University of Canberra and other services and facilities.

Planning for Lawson South envisages a well-connected, integrated, compact neighbourhood with higher densities than surrounding established suburbs. This will provide more sustainable development and increased residential and housing choice. The proposed development meets the broad objectives of the spatial plan for higher density residential development within a 7½-kilometre radius of the Canberra city centre.

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