Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 2 August 2018) . . Page.. 2649 ..
I have imposed firm conditions on the approval of the development application that require, among other things: measures to delineate the loading dock of the proposed development from the adjoining school boundary; additional bicycle parking spaces; additional accessible parking spaces; a revised pedestrian link between the substantial development and the adjacent park; measures to protect existing trees adjacent to the site; and verge management and temporary traffic management.
Madam Assistant Speaker, as you would know, the people of Giralang have been denied a local centre for many years. The initial decision to establish a new local centre was made by my predecessor on 17 August 2011. Since then, for seven years, the people of Giralang have been denied the facility as result of a series of prolonged legal challenges that eventually escalated to the High Court. During this time, the government used whatever means it had, and worked tirelessly, to resolve the dispute between the parties. I trust that the use of my ability to call in this new development application will at last signal the end to a long and frustrating journey for the people of Giralang.
The Planning and Development Act 2007 provides for specific criteria in relation to the exercise of my call-in powers. I have used my call-in powers in this instance because I consider that the proposal will provide a substantial public benefit, particularly to the community of Giralang and surrounding suburbs, with the timely delivery of a long overdue local centre. The contemporary mixed-use nature of the facility will benefit the community by combining retail, commercial and living opportunities. To this end, the public benefit will be served by making the facility available to service the local community’s immediate commercial and retail needs.
The proposal will also benefit the public by providing greater variety and choice in housing for the community of Giralang and surrounding suburbs. Offsite works such as parking, landscaping and greater pedestrian connectivity will provide additional public benefit to the community, particularly for the adjoining school, by providing improvements to the current parking and set-down arrangements.
The proposed development will contribute to the achievement of the object of the Territory Plan by providing new contemporary development and by enabling commercial opportunities in association with new living opportunities for the local community.
Section 161(2) of the Planning and Development Act 2007 specifies that, if I decide an application, I must table a statement in the Legislative Assembly not later than three sitting days after the day of the decision. As required by the P&D Act, and for the benefit of members, I have tabled a statement providing a description of the development, details of the land where the development is proposed to take place, the name of the applicant, details of my decision for the application, reasons for the decision, and community consultation undertaken by the proponent.
Ms Stephen-Smith presented the following paper: