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Planning and Development Act—variation No 308 to the territory plan

Papers and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development): For the information of members I present the following papers:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 79(1)—Approval of Variation No. 308 to the Territory Plan—Cooyong Street urban renewal area—Approval of Variation No. 308 to the Territory Plan—Cooyong Street Urban Renewal Area—Braddon sections 52 and 57 and Reid section 7—Zoning changes and changes to the Braddon and Reid precinct maps and codes, dated 10 February 2014, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee—Report 3—Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No. 308—Cooyong Street Urban Renewal Area—Special Report—Government response.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Today I table variation 308 for the Cooyong Street urban renewal area. Variation 308 rezones land at Braddon, sections 52 and 57, and Reid, section 7. It also changes the Braddon and Reid precinct maps and codes to guide the redevelopment of the land in the future. The variation is primarily intended to facilitate the redevelopment of the Allawah, Bega and Currong public housing complexes, but also involves church leased land, including St Patrick’s church.

I would like to point out that variation 308 presents a unique opportunity for a higher density residential redevelopment in a very strategic location with close proximity to the city centre and all of the services and amenity that that provides. In this regard variation 308 is entirely consistent with the government’s ACT planning strategy, with its transport for Canberra strategy and with the city planning processes which are currently underway.

Variation 308 also has an interface with the existing low density residential areas of Braddon and the medium density area of Reid. A key consideration of this variation has been how to manage these interfaces.

The draft variation was publicly notified between 28 November 2011 and 20 February 2012, and a total of 137 written submissions were received. The majority of submitters acknowledged the need to redevelop the site to some degree. However, submissions differed in the extent and nature of redevelopment felt appropriate for this location.

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