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The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.

Planning—Erindale—petition No 125

The response read as follows:

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate (ESDD) has responded to issues raised by the community in a number of ways, including:

extending community consultation;

developing an interagency traffic working group; and

completing an additional traffic and car parking study.

Community consultation

ESDD recognised in the early stages of the Erindale Centre Master Plan consultation process that the community had significant concerns in regard to traffic and car parking. In response, ESDD increased its planned community consultation and collaboration. Consultation undertaken to date is summarised below:

four meetings (one meeting still to come in November 2011) with traders and leaseholders in Erindale;

over forty individual meetings with leaseholders and traders;

two presentations to Tuggeranong Community Council, Business Tuggeranong and the Erindale Traders;

six meetings with an informal group of interested community, involving experts and a range of government officials as required;

four public drop-in sessions at shopping centres and festivals with a poster display and feedback and discussion opportunities with planning staff;

development and distribution of two newsletters;

youth consultation program;

community survey on the proposed vision and ideas in the master plan; and

regular liaison with leaseholders, as required.

The following changes have been made to the Erindale Centre Master Planning project, in response to the community consultation:

reducing development and building heights (which reduce traffic demands);

proposing improved pedestrian links in Erindale;

proposing additional car parking areas in Erindale;

commissioning an extra study which focuses on the traffic and car parking issues in the Centre (see below); and

formed an interagency working group to assess and recommend actions to address the issues raised in the petition (see below Interagency traffic working group and Additional traffic and car parking study).

While there are still some outstanding issues to be resolved, the consultation has generally been constructive. The Erindale Group Centre has many significant planning challenges that are not easily solved, given the existing road layout, block configurations and location of some land uses.

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