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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 26 October 2011) . . Page.. 5070 ..

(h) ACT Planning and Land Authority’s (ACTPLA) requirement for active frontages is having a positive effect, through an increase in pavement activity;

(i) businesses in Civic would benefit from improved integrated transport options, waste services and other public amenities;

(j) the CBD Ltd Board, established through the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy, does not formally include tenants as representatives; and

(k) CBD Ltd is exploring the possibility of a Renew Canberra program; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) ensure that small business impact assessment for large commercial developments is undertaken by an independent consultant, appointed by ACTPLA and paid for by the proponent;

(b) explore options to minimise land and retail dominance in planning, land sale or other decisions, including through discussions with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission;

(c) develop improved business impact modelling options;

(d) review development conditions in the light of current market conditions whenever a development application’s approval time needs renewal;

(e) enforce lease conditions for the Centrepoint building, and establish the owner’s support for Renew Canberra;

(f) develop a Master Plan for Civic, and require QIC’s Master Plan to be updated to reflect current retail circumstances;

(g) calculate, maintain and regularly publish an inventory of current retail space in the ACT – including the Canberra airport;

(h) ensure that the CBD Ltd Board has tenants’ representation – both for inside and outside the mall;

(i) improve the amenity of Civic by providing adequate public toilets, public seats and tables, commercial waste coordination – including for organics, and commit to the Civic Cycle Loop and publish a timetable for its rollout;

(j) encourage more outdoor cafe activity in Canberra, through reducing the complexity of the application process; and

(k) report back on these issues to the Assembly in March 2012.

I put forward this motion today because over the past few years I have had feedback from many people, including small businesses and shoppers in Civic, who are concerned about the direction that Civic is going in.

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