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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3242 ..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

way, the interests of long-term residents in those suburbs. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Report No 76

MR HIRD (11.18): I present the following report:

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee-Report No 76-Draft Variation To Territory Plan No 155: Territory Plan Review Part A (General Principles and Policies), dated 20 August 2001, together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I am pleased to present the 76th report of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services. The four recommendations of the committee are set out on the front page. The first, and most significant, recommendation is that draft variation No 155 be deferred and resubmitted to the next planning committee of this house. This will enable the draft variation to be considered concurrently with the amended version of draft variation 125, which deals with the proposed new ACT code for residential development.

As members are aware, this parliament has directed that a further period of consultation take place on the proposed new code. The committee think it likely that the new residential code will have important implications for the wording and content of part A of the Territory Plan, so it seems sensible to consider both draft variations together, which is what we have recommended. Mr Speaker, you will recall that this is not the first time my committee has chosen to do that; we did so to bring members' attention to draft variations 158 and 163.

Our second recommendation is that PALM prepare a formal written response to the comment it receives on any master plans. Also, we recommend that members be informed whenever PALM prepares a master plan. It is particularly important that this information be provided to the relevant planning committee of the Assembly and also to local members, who should be involved. I am sure members appreciate why we have made these recommendations: in essence it is inappropriate that members are not told about important planning matters, such as the preparation of a master plan, and find out about them through the media.

Our third recommendation is that part A of the Territory Plan tell readers that the preamble which appears in part A does not form part of the legal policy content of the plan but is put there to provide useful background information.

Our final recommendation might be seen as a little trivial, but the members of my committee do not see it that way. We recommend that the Territory Plan map be integrated with the "live" codastral maps, which show lease boundaries, in order to provide up-to-date information about land uses and land holdings in the ACT.

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