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I move now to variation 334 Red Hill. Draft variation 334 was released for public comment on 2 July 2015 and closed on 31 August 2015. This was after an extension of time, and that was granted on 17 August. Draft variation 334 attracted 97 submissions. The main issues raised related to building heights, density of development, traffic and parking and the landscape character of Red Hill. A report on consultation was prepared for variation 334 responding to the issues raised in these submissions. The significant community concern around the height density of the draft variation has been noted. Accordingly, the variation was amended to reduce the building heights. In this regard, the regional precinct code has been amended to reduce the six-storey elements to four storeys.

Additionally, a supplementary traffic study was also undertaken in order to address traffic and parking concerns raised by residents. Roads ACT has reviewed the report and indicated TAMS will include both La Perouse Street and Cygnet Crescent in the TAMS residential street improvement program to address the potential impact of the proposal on roads in the area.

I am satisfied that the issues raised by the community have been adequately addressed by the changes made to draft variation 334. As such I did not feel it necessary to refer the draft variation to the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services. Variation 334 Red Hill will support the ACT planning strategy’s 2012 goal of increasing the range of housing within established areas and delivering 50 per cent of new housing through urban renewal.

The site is of a size to accommodate high density development and is close to key employment locations of Parliament House, Parkes and Barton. I believe variation 334 will enable a flexible approach to the redevelopment of the area by allowing a mix of development types to be constructed. Enabling buildings between two and four storeys will provide a range of housing options for the community providing greater housing and lifestyle choice.

Planning and Development Act 2007—variation No 341 to the territory plan

Paper and statement by minister

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Racing and Gaming and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 79(1)—Approval of Variation No 341 to the Territory Plan—Gungahlin bus station—change to Public Land ‘Pe’ urban open space overlay for part of Boulevard Park, Gungahlin Town Centre, dated 10 February 2016, including associated documents.

In accordance with the provisions of the act, this variation is presented with associated documents.

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