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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 5 May 2011) . . Page.. 2015 ..


(11) Are lease conditions the only method the Government has to use to require 20 percent affordable housing.

(12) Does it also apply to infill developments, such as Precinct D of the QIC development, previously known as Section 84, behind the Canberra Centre; if so, how are conditions for developers to meet such requirements applied in these situations.

(13) Are development conditions placed upon approvals for large-scale multi-unit housing, to ensure that 20 percent of apartments are affordable; if so, are there any other related conditions and how are the conditions applied to the development.

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

(1) It is a requirement that 20 per cent of dwellings sold in new Greenfield estates must have a sale price of between $219,000 and $328,000.

(2) Yes. Greenfield is defined as any development of land that occurs outside of the urban boundary as defined in the attached map (Attachment A). The land is generally located on the outer edge of the existing urban area and requires subdivision, road construction, connection to services and new retail, educational and community facilities. It includes land in Gungahlin and Molonglo.

(3) No.

(4) No.

(5) No exemptions have been granted.

The Affordable Housing Action Plan, launched in April 2007, recommended that 15 per cent of the blocks released each year target house and land packages within the $200,000 to $300,000 price range. This requirement has been increased to 20 per cent of new blocks, and in July 2010, the price range was indexed to a range between $219,000 and $328,000. The recommendation was originally interpreted as applying to all greenfield releases in the Territory, and until 2010, was not interpreted as applying to detached multi-unit releases.

In 2010, a policy decision was made to expand the scope of the affordable housing requirement to include multi-unit greenfield sites. As a consequence of this change, the release of the most recent Flemington Road sites has included the affordability requirement, however, sites released in Kingston and on Flemington Road before this decision were not subject to this requirement.

(6) See the response to (5) above.

(7) It is a requirement that 20 per cent of dwellings sold in new Greenfield estates must have a sale price of between $219,000 and $328,000. Additionally, to ensure an adequate mix between houses and units, at least 10 per cent of blocks within an estate must be separately titled house blocks up to an average size of 200 square metres.

(8) A developer must produce documentation, demonstrating compliance with the affordable housing sale requirements, to the satisfaction of the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA). Documentation may include, but is not limited to, a


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