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take this opportunity to thank the members of the standing committee for their consideration of the report on these two important variations. Variation to the territory plan 327, capital metro light rail stage 1, introduces the terms, “light rail” and “light rail depot” to the territory plan. It rezones parcels of land on a number of blocks to “transport zone” to allow for undertaking light rail associated road works; it amends transport zone objective (b) to cover light rail to ensure that any light rail developments are consistent with the relevant zone objectives; and it rezones a small triangular area in block 1 section 42 Mitchell from hills, ridges and buffer zone to general industry zone to accommodate the proposed light rail depot. The nature reserve overlay over the site is also removed.

Draft variation 327 was released for public comment in August last year for six weeks and attracted 10 public submissions. The majority of submitters opposed the light rail proposal in its entirety. The development of light rail stage 1 from Gungahlin to Civic is a public transport initiative committed to by the ACT government and led by the Capital Metro Agency. Three submissions raised concerns about potential impacts of the proposed light rail stage 1 Gungahlin to Civic. These included concerns about the impacts on the Belconnen Dog Obedience Club, block 601 in Gungahlin; the National Archives of Australia, blocks 1 and 4 section 15 in Mitchell; and equestrian uses at Mitchell and EPIC.

DV327 does not include detailed design considerations for the proposed light rail development. In this regard I am confident potential impacts on surrounding uses are matters that will be examined and assessed at the environmental impact statement and development assessment stages of the proposal. These submissions have been referred to the Capital Metro Agency for consideration during these stages and as such no changes were made to the variation since the public consultation period.

As the Minister for Planning I have directed the Planning and Land Authority to adjust the proposed TSZ1 transport zone along the southern end of Flemington Road to ensure this major road reserve will be entirely included in the TSZ1 transport zone. Light rail is an important part of planning for an integrated transport network, and as the Minister for Planning it is my role to decide the planning merits of making light rail a permissible use in the territory plan. For this reason I have approved variation 327.

Planning and Development Act 2007—variation Nos 321, 331, 337 and 347 to the territory plan

Papers and statement by minister

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing): For the information of members I present the following papers:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 79(1)—Approvals of Variations to the Territory Plan, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required—

No 321—Pialligo agricultural area—Changes to the Pialligo precinct map and code, dated 29 July 2015.

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