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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 5018 ..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

With the spatial plan nearing completion and a recognised need to move to the next phase of the planning reform agenda, the authority should be provided with clarity in relation to those key principles I believe are important in governing its work in the foreseeable future. I commend the inaugural statement of planning intent to members of the Assembly. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Territory Plan-variation No 130

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to section 29-Approval of Variation No. 130 to the Territory Plan-North Gungahlin-Bonner, Casey, Forde, Jacka, Moncrieff, Taylor and Part Amaroo and Ngunnawal, dated 4 December 2003, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Draft variation 130, North Gungahlin, concerns the suburbs of Bonner, Casey, Forde, Jacka, Moncrieff, Taylor, and part of Amaroo and Ngunnawal. The variation confirms the planning for the remaining undeveloped areas of the existing suburbs of Amaroo and Ngunnawal and introduces a revised structure for six additional suburbs. It is anticipated that these suburbs will provide around 14,100 dwellings accommodating approximately 34,500 persons when fully developed. The variation provides for three group centre sites, five local centres, one new high school, and three new primary schools. The urban open space is further refined to give definition and identity to each of the six North Gungahlin suburbs and meet open space needs. The Horse Park Homestead and wetland precinct are retained in urban open space.

The arterial and collective road network has been designed to service high and medium-density housing nodes adjacent to all retail centres and community facilities and provide for a potential increase in public transport usage. Stormwater management systems have been refined to implement sustainable urban water management design principles. The variation also updates the residential B8 and B9 area-specific policies to ensure that the controls are appropriate in a mixed-use context.

The variation was released for public comment on 21 October 2002, with comments closing on 20 November 2002. Nine written comments were received as a result of consultation on the draft variation.

A number of revisions were made to the variation as a result of the consultation process and a review of action plan 10-yellow box/red gum grassy woodland. The Standing

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