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the role of ancillary and minor uses in the assessment of development proposals in response to the committee’s recommendation No 3.

I would like to provide a brief outline of the government’s response to report No 11 of the standing committee. The full response is included in the documents I have tabled. The government has agreed to the first recommendation, that the draft variation proceed subject to the recommendations made by the committee.

In the second recommendation, the committee recommended that the suitability of the site for specific developments be added to the community facility zone objectives. The government has agreed to this recommendation in principle. However, section 120(b) of the Planning and Development Act fulfils this role by requiring the suitability of a site to be considered in the assessment of proposals in the merit track.

Changes were made to the development table via an explanatory note to implement the third recommendation, which suggests that the terms “ancillary use” and “minor use” be clarified in the community facility zone development table. The committee’s fourth recommendation was to include a rule linking specified categories of ancillary and minor use to other community facility zone activities. This was agreed in principle and a notation added to the development table as a response to recommendation 3. It will clarify the purpose and role of ancillary and minor use developments. A new rule was not considered necessary, as it would be unlikely to further clarify or improve planning outcomes.

The fifth recommendation suggested that planning information on the ESDD website should include details of the definitions of ancillary use and minor use. This is agreed by the government, and my directorate will provide additional explanatory notes to those already available on the website. Finally, in relation to the committee’s recommendation No 6, the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate will explore the possible benefits of including statements of intent in the Planning and Development Act.

I would like to thank the committee for its consideration and report and I am pleased to table the approved variation in the Assembly today.


Mr Corbell presented the following paper, which was circulated when the Assembly was not sitting:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 13—Annual Report 2010-2011—ACT Policing, dated 9 September 2011, in accordance with the Policing Arrangement between the Commonwealth and the Australian Capital Territory Governments.

Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

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