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In closing, I want to make the point that I believe in the ACT we have made quite a few advances in the last few years with the two reports, the Frommer and Reid reports that Mrs Burke mentioned. There have been significant advances with the establishment of the medical school. I think that the medical school, together with the Canberra Hospital, has the capacity to make even more advances. I would recommend that the government support these actions.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee

Report 35

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (10.47): I present the following report:

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee—Report 35—Variation to the Territory Plan No 261—Part Blocks 2 and 3 and Block 5, Section 75 Watson, dated 13 August 2008, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Variation 261 proposes to remove part blocks 2 and 3 and block 5, section 75, Watson, from commercial CZ6 leisure and accommodation zone and replace it with residential RZ1 suburban zone.

The committee notes that this site is capable of residential development and recommends that the draft variation proceed. However, the committee is concerned at what seems to be an increase in the incremental rezoning of CZ6 zones in the ACT, particularly for high-order residential use. There is a risk that substantially fewer sites designated originally as CZ6 will remain for future commercial, leisure and accommodation facilities.

As such the committee recommends that the ACT Planning and Land Authority undertake a strategic assessment of all remaining CZ6 zones in the ACT to determine the current supply and that future variation to CZ6 zones be assessed at a strategic level rather than on a site-by-site basis. The committee also recommends that the ACT Planning and Land Authority ensure that any future loss of CZ6 zoning is compensated for elsewhere in the urban area, including the new greenfields development. Furthermore, the committee recommends that the sewer capacity in north Watson be reassessed, and upgraded if necessary, and that the ACT government review current parking provisions at the Watson local centre and future parking needs.

The committee would like to thank the officials and stakeholders who assisted the committee during the course of this inquiry and to thank Ms Nicola Derigo and James Newton for their assistance. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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