Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 16 November 2010) . . Page.. 5420 ..
That the report be noted.
I am pleased to be able to table this report and the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Municipal Services in relation to the draft variation of territory plan No 298, which proposes to amend the territory plan by changing the PRZ2 restricted access recreation zone on a section of the Belconnen golf course to residential RZ1 zoning. This report was circulated out of session. The change, if approved, will enable a future development application to be considered for a residential development of around 330 aged-targeted dwellings on the site.
The committee received 12 submissions and two additional comments in relation to this matter and held two public hearings. After considering the submissions and the evidence presented to it, the committee formed a view that it was generally supportive of the draft variation.
As I mentioned, the proposed development for the site, if the variation is approved, is to be aged targeted. Therefore, the committee particularly focused its recommendations on ensuring that any future estate development is bus accessible and that ACTION bus services are offered to the estate. The committee also recommended that open space provisions be adequate for the number of dwellings proposed in any estate, that the solar orientation of any development is maximised for block and dwelling design and that mature remnant native trees in good condition are retained. The committee recommended that the variation proceed, subject to the committee’s other recommendations as I have just mentioned.
I would like to thank all those who put forward submissions and those who appeared before the committee. I would also like to thank my fellow committee members Ms Le Couteur and Mr Coe, the committee secretary, Mrs Kosseck, and the Committee Office staff for their support. I commend this report to the Assembly.
MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (11.50): I would like to echo the chair’s words in thanking the secretary, Nicola Kosseck, and Lydia Chung and my fellow committee members for their contributions on this.
In looking at the proposed development in Holt, I think the planning committee has made a valuable contribution towards better development on that site. I agree with the six recommendations that the committee has made and I have had additional recommendations to make as well.
Starting first with the six recommendations that the committee agreed with, we looked at maximising solar orientation. As members may be aware, the draft territory plan variations which would hopefully enforce this are still a long way off. As members may recall, the Greens have a proposal to facilitate more solar access in the ACT through territory plan variations, but the government has not yet chosen to look at a way of moving the solar access away from the more controversial parts of its proposal.
The second recommendation was that there be sufficient open space provisions, which, of course, are clearly necessary. The third and fourth are about bus services. That is