Page 4050 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 30 October 2013

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The community will still be involved as implementation of the master plan occurs, either through notification on variations to the territory plan, such as the introduction of the precinct code, or notification on development applications as they are lodged, such as the one planned for Southquay. With the plan now endorsed by the ACT government, the next step is, of course, the implementation of this plan. Southquay is just one opportunity for this development.

The development at Greenway is responsive to government policy objectives for urban intensification as it delivers significant infill development that directly supports the government’s land supply aim of supplying at least 50 per cent of all land releases from infill projects. That was outlined in the ACT planning strategy 2012.

This site is strategically located within the Tuggeranong town centre and provides the future residents of the estate with immediate access to employment opportunities, amenities and services, and public transport choices. Community engagement has been a key component of the development of the master plan for Greenway lakeside. The most recent consultation was a community information day held in March this year at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome and a static display at the Tuggeranong Library from 25 March to 10 April.

Responses from the community information day were positive, with the majority of the interested public being fully supportive of providing more residential housing in the Tuggeranong town centre. The Land Development Agency also presented at the Tuggeranong Community Council meeting in May, continuing its commitment to keep the public informed on the progress of the development at Greenway. I will just quote from the Tuggeranong Community Council. In their latest release they said:

It’s been another busy month with a mix of positive news but still plenty of challenges. On the positive side, it was pleasing to see work starting on the South Quay project (opposite Bunnings). This will bring jobs and more residents close to the Town Centre.

So there was great support from the Tuggeranong Community Council.

This recent engagement that I have spoken about follows a robust process in 2011, which encompassed a variety of consultation method and events, in order to gain a wide range of feedback from the community that informed the development of the final master plan, which is now being delivered.

Constituents that I have spoken to since the project was announced have been excited to see how this development will bring more life to the town centre. For some older Tuggeranong residents, this provides them with the opportunity to downsize while still staying close to family. For younger residents, this proposal provides them with the opportunity to purchase their first home in Tuggeranong close to their family, friends and workplace.

I am advised that development on the eastern side of the estate is subject to a draft variation to the territory plan to enable sites for about 150 dwellings to be constructed

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