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difficult, but it is not a reason to give up on them. The real value of standing committee inquiries has been identifying points on which they agree as much as on the points where they do not. This common ground has added considerable value to planning outcomes in a range of key territory plan variations over the years. I would hope that all members of the committee keep this in mind in relation to future planning inquiries.

Notwithstanding that there were no formal committee recommendations, I have prepared a government response to the committee report and to the dissenting comments lodged. In doing so, I directed the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate to revise the draft variation in response to the issues that were raised in that report. I can now advise that, as a result, the building heights for the two taller building elements on the corners of Cooyong Street and Ainslie Avenue have been reduced from 15 storeys to 12 storeys. The plot ratios have also been revised to reflect this reduction in height. I think this is a sensible response to those issues that are being raised, and provides further protections in relation to concerns raised by residents in relation to overshadowing.

This variation represents a significant step forward in achieving the broader objectives of the government’s ACT planning strategy and transport for Canberra policy. It means more people will be able to live close to our city centre where they can walk, cycle and use public transport more easily and conveniently rather than relying solely on the use of the motor vehicle. It puts more people close to good urban amenity, like Glebe park. It puts more people close to good retail facilities, close to good commercial and professional facilities, close to good cultural facilities, and it puts more people close to excellent public transport connections.

For all of those reasons it is a sensible and strategic redevelopment proposal, and one to be facilitated through this variation whilst still protecting the beautiful existing residential areas of Braddon and Reid. I commend this variation to the Assembly.

Planning and Development Act—variation No 324 to the territory plan

Paper 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 paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 79(1)—Approval of Variation No. 324 to the Territory Plan—Industrial Land Supply—Pialligo section 12 part block 2 and section 9 part block 4, dated 10 January 2014, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

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

Leave granted.

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