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been revised to reflect the requirement for high quality landscaping consistent with a landmark development for the site.

The committee’s second recommendation was that a detailed traffic study be undertaken for the proposed development and that Roads ACT should assess whether additional traffic or calming measures in this area are necessary or desirable. Traffic issues will be considered as part of the development assessment process when the number of units and the traffic generated by any proposed development are known. The proponent will be required to undertake a detailed traffic study to support the development application.

The committee’s third recommendation related to requiring the Planning and Land Authority and encouraging local community organisations, such as Pedal Power, to consider targeting some of their educational programs in Deakin, to encourage use of public transport and cycling and walking and to discourage private car use. The committee suggested that the travel smart and walking school bus programs could be extended to this area. Mr Speaker, the committee’s recommendation, whilst welcome, is beyond the scope of what can be implemented by a variation to the territory plan. However, the recommendation has been referred to the planning authority’s transport planning area for consideration. I commend the variation to members.

Territory plan—variation No 255

Paper and statement by minister

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

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to subsection 29 (1)—Approval of Variation No 255 to the Territory Plan—Commercial C Precinct Rationalisation—Mawson (Southlands) Group Centre and Minor Correction of Errors at Part D Definition of Terms, dated 19 July 2005, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, draft variation 255 proposes to remove the precinct “d” classification and realign the boundaries for precincts “a”, “b” and “c” for the Mawson group centre to allow for expansion of the existing supermarket. The draft variation was released for public comment on 21 April this year, with comments closing on 16 May this year. Only three written submissions were received during that time. These related primarily to a perceived loss of parking within the centre as a result of this variation. No revisions were made to the variation as a result of the consultation.

In its report No 12 of this year, the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment made one recommendation. The committee’s recommendation was that the report on consultation which accompanies the recommended final variation include reference to the advice received from the Planning and Land Council. The Planning and Land Council advice, which is provided to the authority prior to commencement of the variation, is currently included within the variation background papers. The report on

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