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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (17 June) . . Page.. 1923 ..



clarified the opportunity for the provision of a caretaker's residence for security reasons. Other residential uses are not considered appropriate due to conflicting issues associated with maintaining industrial viability and residential amenity; and

varied the land use policy for Hill Station and land immediately to the south of Hume from entertainment, accommodation and leisure to industrial.

A total of 14 submissions were received in response to the exhibited draft variation.

A recommended final variation of DV175, revised as a result of the consultation process, was submitted to the executive in October last year, and this was subsequently referred to the Planning and Environment Committee.

The committee has considered the revised draft variation and, in its report No 14 of 16 April this year, made 11 recommendations. The committee's major recommendation is that the government adopt DV175, with specific changes to the draft variation. The government can agree in part to this approach and accordingly has approved and modified variation 175, which I have tabled today.

I would like to address now some of the committee's recommendations. In relation to the first recommendation of the committee: the government does not accept the criticisms about draft variation 175. DV175 was a result of a comprehensive review of trends and issues associated with industrial land use in the ACT. Although the spatial plan and economic white paper currently being prepared will set the higher level strategic context and implementation initiatives, it is simply not accurate to say that DV175 lacks strategic, spatial and economic analysis or ignores business concerns.

The objectives for the industrial land use policies and the primary purpose statement for each of the individual precincts provide a forward looking view of how the industrial areas fit within the metropolitan structure of the city. The policies make it clear that each industrial precinct has a different role to play in Canberra's economic development. This both facilitates the marketing of industrial land and encourages clustering of activities as recommended by the Synectics study of 1998. PALM has undertaken a complete inventory of every block in industrial areas and commercial centres every two years from 1995 to 2001.

Further analyses, specifically for activities in industrial areas, were included in the background paper released for public comment as attachment B of the draft variation. In addition, PALM conducted field surveys in Mitchell, west Fyshwick and Hume to confirm and review policies for the draft final variation for its submission to the executive and the planning committee.

Spatial analysis was also undertaken for the commercial land release program, and the results are contained in the background paper and in more detail in the draft industrial land planning strategy 2000. This lists vacant industrial blocks by area and priority for release. The committee in its report did not clarify what information was lacking in regard to economic analysis.

The background paper also contains detailed market analysis of supply and demand for industrial blocks which were analysed by block area. The government monitors the

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