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Territory plan—variation No 288

Papers and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Planning and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 79(1)—Approval of Variation No 288 to the Territory Plan—Changes to Residential Zones Multi Unit Housing Development Code Part A(5) and Residential Zone Changes for Blocks 3 and 4 Section 69 Lyons and Block 8 Section 47 Lyons, dated 11 August 2009, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee—Report 2—Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No 288—Government response.

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

Leave granted.

MR BARR: Variation No 288 to the territory plan proposes to rezone blocks 3 and 4 section 69 and block 8 section 47 Lyons from medium density residential to high density residential. The variation also allows for a higher building of up to 10 storeys on the corner of Melrose Drive and Launceston Street in Lyons. Additionally, the variation amends the Residential Zones Multi Unit Housing Development Code part A(5) to allow for increased building heights above three storeys up to a maximum of six storeys in all future high density residential zones provided that specific rules or criteria are met.

The Lyons site was originally developed in the mid-1970s and consisted of mainly single-bedroom public housing. Due to a range of management issues the complex was demolished in 2001. A joint venture was formed in 2005 comprising the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services and Hindmarsh to redevelop the Lyons site.

The joint venture requested a variation to the territory plan to provide a greater diversity of housing types and forms, which is anticipated to increase the number of persons per dwelling and hence the population density close to the Woden town centre. This will enable greater use of existing commercial and social facilities and services and encourage the use of public transport, walking and cycling in accordance with the objectives of the Canberra spatial plan and the sustainable transport plan for the ACT.

As part of the variation, the ACT Planning and Land Authority took the opportunity to review building height limits for the high density residential zone to differentiate it from the medium density residential zone. Until this variation commences, the medium and high residential zones have the same building height limit of three storeys. Where high density residential zoning applies in existing residential areas the allowable building height provisions in the territory plan will be retained to maintain residential amenity.

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