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The proposed development falls within the ‘RZ2-Suburban Core Zone’ of the Territory Plan 2008. The RZ2 zoning permits higher levels of development compared to suburban residential areas, with the zone objectives as follows:

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

b) Ensure that development addresses the street and the existing neighbourhood characteristics in scale, form and site development.

c) Facilitate efficient use of existing social and physical infrastructure and services in residential areas close to commercial centres.

d) Provide opportunities for home based employment consistent with residential amenity.

e) Provide for a limited range of small-scale facilities to meet local needs consistent with residential amenity.

f) Promote energy efficiency and conservation and sustainable water use.

The requirements of the RZ2 zone are fundamentally equivalent to the A10 Area Specific Policies contained within the previous Territory Plan 1991. The A10 area Specific Policies were part of Variation 200 to the Territory Plan 1991, and incorporated with the Territory Plan on 21 August 2003 after extensive public consultation.

The A10 policies were introduced to permit a higher level of residential development near commercial centres, and were subject to review during the Garden City Variation evaluation undertaken in 2007. The changes that were made as a result of the review included restricting the number of dwellings where the front boundary of the block was less than 20m wide, some minor changes to the zone objectives, requirements to improve the function of common areas, requirement of private open space at ground level and prohibiting new apartments in RZ2 zones.

The DA was notified from 8 December 2008 to 5 January 2009 and has received 23 representations. The DA has been assessed against the ‘Residential Zones – Multi Unit Development Housing Code’ of the Territory Plan and has been approved with conditions on 27 March 2009. Issues such as traffic impact, parking bulk and scale, overlooking and any other relevant issues raised in representations have been given due consideration during the assessment process.

The Government is currently evaluating the effectiveness of the changes to the RZ2 zone following the Garden City Variation.


MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (10.02): I move the motion standing in my name on the notice paper relating to the management of the ACT economy:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

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