Page 1625 - Week 04 - Thursday, 7 April 2011

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The master planning process will build on what we have learnt and what we are learning from engaging the community on Kingston, Dickson, Tuggeranong, Erindale, Kambah, Gungahlin and Pialligo. Through the master planning process, we will actively seek the views of different groups, but most particularly the views of young people. We will continue to include schools and youth organisations in our processes, which has been a very successful part of the Tuggeranong and Erindale exercises to date.

Our engagement with the community on master plans will also deepen the conversations that have commenced about the future planning of our city. The process of preparing master plans is an iterative one that seeks to identify the issues, the opportunities and a way forward to manage change. The community’s input will be sought at all of these stages.

The master plan process will be documented in four component parts: firstly, the master plan itself, which will include a vision statement, place-making considerations, opportunities and constraints analysis, and planning options with a preferred plan and implementation plan; secondly, a consultation report, which will document the engagement activities, stakeholder lists and findings; thirdly, a list of investigation and background reports; and, finally, an action plan, which will be a companion text that identifies the next steps required to implement the master plan.

The realisation of many of the desired outcomes from master plans will, though, be incremental and, it is worth noting, will mostly not be the responsibility of the ACT Planning and Land Authority. This will be enunciated clearly through the community consultation. Any territory plan change that may be required for the master plan to be executed is a subsequent and separate process.

In response to some concerns raised about the time taken to deliver the Kingston and Dickson group centre master plans, ironically in large part because of the methodical consultation ACTPLA conducts for these exercises, it is proposed that the master plans will be adopted using the following process: that it will undertake a master plan process as I have just outlined; that a precinct code will be prepared for incorporation into the territory plan; and that the government will initiate a variation to the territory plan. Whilst this process responds to part (2)(e)(iv) of the Assembly resolution, it is important to stress that the territory plan is limited in the nature of policy it contains as a land use and development instrument. As such, it will only be applicable to the spatial and land use planning actions from the master plans that will be incorporated into the territory plan.

The planning process to this point will have been supported by extensive consultation, including the consultation completed as part of the “sustainable futures” and “time to talk” work, the community consultation that will occur in the development of the master plan itself and the consultation that will accompany any territory plan variation.

The proposed process which would produce a precinct code would mean that those development proposals that are in accordance with the relevant precinct code could be assessed in a development application code track. This removes—and it is important

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