Page 751 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 26 February 2013

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It should be noted that this variation is but one of a number of government initiatives with implications for housing affordability and achieving our greenhouse gas reduction targets. This variation improves the framework for assessing higher density residential development and new estates, and updates and enhances the provisions related to solar access.

Other major policy changes, such as rezonings, will also have an impact in the future. The ACT planning strategy intends to focus urban intensification to town centres, around group centres and along public transport routes. This may involve the rezoning of land and/or the release of existing sites for urban redevelopment.

After monitoring the impact of this variation, my directorate will investigate a sliding scale for plot ratio for large single dwelling blocks, the interaction of plot ratio and plot size, and the prospect of increasing the minimum block size where integrated development is not required. This will address recommendations 16, 17 and 18.

The government agrees in principle to recommendation 19 regarding the flexibility of design for community title schemes. The provisions relating to community title schemes are important for community safety and amenity. Requiring a community title scheme to comply with the entity endorsement provisions in the estate development code will ensure that infrastructure will be comparable to that provided in a traditional estate.

The government considers the variation already addresses the issues raised in recommendations 20 and 21. Both the single dwelling and multi-unit housing development codes require a portion of the block to be retained as planted area. Territory and Municipal Services is currently reviewing its standards. If the provisions applying to street verge design and street trees are modified, the estate development code will be amended accordingly.

I thank the committee for its consideration and report on the variation, and I commend the variation to the Assembly.


Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

National Environment Protection Council Act, pursuant to subsection 23(3)—National Environment Protection Council—Annual report 2011-2012.

Ms Burch presented the following paper:

Education and Care Services Ombudsman, National Education and Care Services Freedom of Information and Privacy Commissioners—Annual report (January to 30 June 2012).

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