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I trust that this information is of assistance.

Narrabundah—multi unit development—petition No 11-15

The response read as follows:

Thank you for your letter of 6 August 2015 regarding Petition No. 11-15 lodged by Mr Doszpot, MLA on behalf of 333 Australian Capital Territory residents.

I understand the petition brings to the attention of the Assembly that the Community Services Directorate has submitted a Development Application which proposes the demolition of 4 dwellings in Narrabundah (Blocks 22, 23, 24 and 25 Section 39) and the construction of 8 units and an additional dwelling on an adjoining block (block 20 Section 39).

The redevelopment of these properties in Mindarie Street and Boolimba Crescent is part of Housing ACT’s ongoing capital works program which supports the renewal of the public housing portfolio. The old buildings will be replaced with new more accessible and energy efficient dwellings that better suit the needs of public housing tenants now and into the future.

The blocks are all located within the Residential RZ2 Suburban Core zone which has, as one of its objectives, the provision of development that is low to medium density in character, particularly in areas close to facilities and services in commercial centres.

Housing ACT has complied with all the necessary development and planning requirements in relation to this proposal. The Development Application has been approved by the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) and this decision is being appealed to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) by the Old Narrabundah Community Council Inc (ONCC).

Following the approval of the Development Application, and the lodgement of the appeal by the ONCC, the ACT Heritage Council (the Heritage Council) received an application from the ONCC that nominated Blocks 22, 23, 24 and 25 Section 39 Narrabundah for provisional registration on the ACT Heritage Register.

The Heritage Council is an independent statutory body which is charged with making decisions about the registration of heritage places in accordance with the provisions under the Heritage Act 2004 (the Heritage Act).

As the Heritage Council has not yet made a decision on provisional registration in accordance with section 32 of the Heritage Act the Heritage Council was requested by the ACT Government Solicitor representing ACTPLA in the appeal to provide advice, under Section 60 of the Heritage Act, on whether the buildings are likely to have significance and, if likely to have significance, whether the proposed development would impact on such significance.

In providing advice under Section 60 of the Heritage Act, the Heritage Council considered the Development Application; the ACT Heritage Register nomination submitted by the ONCC, including all plans submitted; the ACAT documents

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