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Ministerial response

The Clerk: The following response to a petition has been lodged by a minister:

By Mr Gentleman, Minister for Planning and Land Management, dated 1 August 2016, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Doszpot on 9 June 2016 concerning Variation No 334 to the Territory Plan, Red Hill public housing.

The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.

Red Hill public housing—petition No 3-16

The response read as follows:

I write to you to provide my response, pursuant to standing order 100, to petition No. 3-16 lodged by Mr Doszpot MLA in the Legislative Assembly (the Assembly) on 9 June 2016.

All variations to the Territory Plan require the agreement of the Minister for Planning and Land Management and the majority of the Legislative Assembly to become a part of the Territory Plan. Variation 334 Red Hill was approved on 18 February 2016 and after a disallowance motion was defeated in the Assembly it commenced on 15 April 2016.

Variation 334 was part of the Omnibus Variations which sought to redevelop Canberra’s ageing public housing stock. This project improves the conditions of this housing and provides an opportunity to meet several key town planning and development strategies.

The ACT Planning Strategy (the Strategy) supports an increase in the range and density of housing within established areas. In particular the Strategy supports more affordable development near local centres and encourages a range of facilities and services to be provided at these locations.

Variation 334 Red Hill was approved because it renews public housing stock and provides a range of community benefits. It also contributes to achieving the outcomes of the Strategy by providing a greater range of housing choice in the inner-south of Canberra that is more affordable and more environmentally sustainable than the current development.

Variation 334 and by extension TA2016-08 supports high quality development in close proximity to the local Red Hill shops and this will benefit businesses in the area.

Red Hill is excellently located within Canberra, is close to a suite of existing services and facilities, and is a highly desirable location to live. Variation 334 and TA2016-08 allows a greater diversity of people to live in this convenient and highly desirable location.

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