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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 February 2016) . . Page.. 1 ..

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


Ministerial responses

The Clerk: The following responses to petitions have been lodged by ministers:

By Mr Gentleman, Minister for Planning and Land Management, dated 12 December 2015, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Doszpot on 22 September 2015 concerning Draft Variation No 334 to the Territory Plan relating to public housing in Red Hill.

By Ms Burch, Minister for Racing and Gaming, dated 19 January 2016, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Wall on 28 October 2015 concerning the sale of lottery products.

The terms of the responses will be recorded in Hansard.

Planning—draft variation 334—petition No 12-15

The response read as follows:

Thank you for your letter of 22 September 2015 attaching Petition No. 12-15 lodged by Mr Doszpot, MLA on behalf of 548 Australian Capital Territory residents. 

The petition brings to the attention of the Assembly the view that the density of housing proposed by the Government through Draft Variation 334 for the Red Hill Public Housing site (DV334) is unacceptable, as is the proposal for 4 and 6 story buildings on it. The petition calls upon the Assembly to request those Ministers responsible for DV334 to redraft it in consultation with the community, based on RZ2 zoning on all boundary areas and RZ3 zoning with a maximum of 3 storeys at the central area of the site, with existing development codes applying to the whole of the residential areas of the site without variation. The petition also calls for a holistic and accurate assessment of impact to roads, traffic, parking, sewerage, water and drainage.

The petition asks for those Ministers responsible for DV334 to redraft it in consultation with the community. There is actually no statutory power for Ministers to draft Territory Plan variations. The planning authority is authorised under the Planning and Development Act 2007 (the Act) to draft Territory Plan variations on its own initiative or at the request of the Minister.

In respect of consultation, the minimum requirements for public consultation are stipulated in the Act and have already been greatly exceeded in relation to

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