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Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee

Report 12

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (4.55): I present the following report:

Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee—Report 12—Draft variation to the Territory Plan No 307—Change of zoning, dated 21 February 2012, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

The Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development wrote to the committee on 23 August 2011 asking the committee to inquire into draft variation to the territory plan 307 with reference to section 42 block 15, change of zone from commercial CZ6, leisure and accommodation, to zone RZ4, medium density residential, and a consequential amendment to part C5, multi-unit housing development code. The committee has recommended that the rezoning occur under conditions of a precinct code which seek to address heritage and environmental concerns presented to the committee during its inquiry.

These recommendations in relation to this precinct code are contained in recommendation 1. They talk about no building being closer than 35 metres to an existing stormwater easement, thereby ensuring a band of public realm composing both public and open space and private land continuing from Murray Crescent to La Perouse Street in Griffith, a new bicycle way to be constructed and the well-worn track which starts at Austin Street near Wells Gardens and proceeds towards Manuka be landscaped and improved to make an area more accessible to the general public. It also includes, as part of recommendation 1, that any development or associated construction work not encroach on land lying under existing stands of trees on the perimeter of block 15 and so, by definition, their respective root systems and that, as a minimum, perimeter trees are to be retained and all regulated trees are also to be retained.

The committee considers the flooding potential of the area to be an important factor in any consideration of how the site is used. Existing flood studies commissioned by the Brumbies indicated that a one-in-100-year flood would see water entering the existing bowling club building, and the regularity of flooding in this area, the scale of the one-in-100-year flood and predictions of more extreme weather events have made flooding an important issue for the committee in reaching its conclusions about rezoning. The committee has recommended that any redevelopment of section 42 block 15, Griffith, be conditional on comprehensive flood studies being undertaken and made publicly available. It also recommends as part of the precinct code that only one level of underground car park be allowed. This is to do with the flooding as well.

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