Page 1215 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 24 March 2009

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Draft variation No 261 was assessed at a strategic level and as part of this analysis ACTPLA concluded that the loss of 6.2 hectares of leisure and accommodation-zoned land would not hinder the ability of the territory to respond to demands for tourist accommodation or attractions. It also noted that many leisure and accommodation uses can be accommodated in other zones.

The committee’s fourth recommendation was that the ACT Planning and Land Authority ensure that any further loss of CZ6 zoning is compensated for elsewhere in urban Canberra, including in new greenfields development. This is noted and agreed in part. CZ6 zoned land has been incorporated in variation No 281 for Molonglo, which commenced and was incorporated into the territory plan on 12 December 2008. When determining zoning for future urban areas or rezoning land, ACTPLA will assess the projected need and demand for land uses under the CZ6 zone. It will also be considered whether leisure and accommodation-type uses would be better provided for by alternative zoning—that is, in the commercial CZ1 core or in CZ5 mixed use.

The committee’s fifth recommendation was that the 2004 Navin Officer Cultural Heritage Assessment recommendations be adopted. This is noted and agreed. This will be a matter for consideration at the development assessment stage when a conservation management plan will need to be approved by the Heritage Council.

Recommendation 6 was that part blocks 2 and 3 and block 5 section 75 Watson be included in the built-up urban areas tree management precinct prior to any development work commencing on the site so that the site is covered by the provisions of the Tree Protection Act 2005. This is also noted and agreed. This site was included in a Tree Protection (Built-up Urban Areas) Declaration 2009 that was proclaimed on 16 February 2009.

The committee’s seventh recommendation was that cat containment be mandatory for any new residential development bordering the Canberra Nature Park. This is noted and it is agreed that further investigation will be undertaken. The Department of Territory and Municipal Services has agreed to undertake an assessment of the north Watson development area to determine if it meets the requirements of the Domestic Animals Act 2000 and whether the minister would be justified in making a declaration of the north Watson development area as a cat containment area.

The committee’s eighth recommendation was that the ACT government review current parking provisions at the Watson local centre and future parking needs. This is noted and agreed. Roads ACT and the Department of Territory and Municipal Services conducted a parking survey at the Watson local centre in 2006. A report recommended that missing signs be replaced and that unrestricted parking be converted to a two-hour parking limit. These recommendations were implemented and there have been no further complaints regarding car parking at the centre since this time.

As a result of the committee’s recommendation, Roads ACT consulted traders from the Watson shops about the introduction of two-hour parking restrictions on Gwynne Street next to the shops to discourage long-term parking and improve the turnover.

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