Page 23 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 9 December 2008

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The Griffith Oval is the main training ground for the ACT Brumbies Rugby Union Team. The fence was proposed to provide a safe and clean training environment.

The territory Plan land use policy for the oval is Urban Open Space.

ACTPLA assessed the DA under the requirements of the Territory Plan and on 9 May 2008 ACTPLA approved the DA with conditions imposed to meet the objectives of Urban Open space. Conditions included lowering the height of the fence to a maximum of 1 metre; providing additional pedestrian openings to correspond with desire lines; widening pedestrian openings and deleting gates; and relocating the cricket practice nets.

As the Minister for Planning and the Minister for Sport and Recreation, I support the proposal to fence the oval.

Under Section 189 of the Planning & Development Act 2007, the Planning and Land Authority may revoke a development approval if:

(a) satisfied that the approval was obtained by fraud or misrepresentation; or 

(b) if the approval is in relation to a place registered, or nominated for provisional registration, under the Heritage Act 2004 – if the applicant is convicted of an offence against this part or the Heritage Act 2004. 

The Legislative Assembly, therefore, has no power to “disallow” a development approval.

By Mr Barr, Minister for Planning, dated 15 October 2008, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Smyth on 28 August 2008 concerning zoning issues in Monash.

The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.

Development application 200812308

The response read as follows:

Response for tabling to petition lodged on 28 August 2008 by Mr Brendan Smyth MLA, in relation to the inconsistency of Development Application No. 200812308 with the zone objectives.

Under the new Territory Plan introduced on 21 March 2008, Sections 123-125 and 130-136 Monash are zoned RZ2 – Suburban Core Zone. The change in the name of the zone is a result of the introduction of the restructured Territory Plan 2008. Prior to 31 March 2008, development in these sections was required to comply with the A10 Area Specific Policy under the previous Territory Plan. The planning provisions applicable to the RZ2 Zone are fundamentally equivalent to those under the A10 Area Specific Policy. The zone objectives of RZ2 – Suburban Core Zone are as follows:

a) Create a wide range of affordable and sustainable housing choices to accommodate population growth and meet changing household and community needs

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