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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 23 March 2017) . . Page.. 1089 ..

Questions without notice taken on notice

Government—construction and development policy

Mr Ramsay (in reply to a question by Mr Doszpot on Thursday, 15 December 2016):

This Government is committed to banning political donations by property developers. In that context, the ACT has the power to pass legislation that identifies and prohibits money from property developers being given to political parties.

The Government’s general powers to investigate and enforce its laws are strong, and include the power to follow money trails. They will be more than adequate to ensure that the ban on political donations by property developers, when implemented, is effective.

Territory plan—technical amendment TA2016-17

Mr Gentleman (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Ms Le Couteur on Thursday, 15 December 2016):

In regard to the Question on how much will the proponent be paying for the rights to use the additional developable airspace which technical amendment TA2016-17 of the Territory Plan relates to. If the Technical Amendment and the Development Application are approved the proponent will be required to pay full market value for this area.

To determine full market value, three valuations would be sought from members of the “Whole of Government Valuation Services Panel” and the highest valuation (as per the standing direction from Treasury) would form the sales price for the air rights.

In regard to the question about whether the government has sold development rights previously like that depicted in TA 2016-17, I provided you with an example of one located on the edge of Cooyong Street in the new development across the road from the ATO office and stated I would obtain further details on this development for you. You may also be aware that there are several ‘air bridges’ that connect sections of the Canberra Centre.

The development I was referring to is located on what is now known as Block 1 Section 96 City (formerly part of Section 84 City). A Development Application (DA) was conditionally approved in 2011 (DA No. 201120272) for construction of a mixed use development. The DA featured air rights for a minor encroachment over the property boundary where the development fronts Cooyong Street with conditions imposed in the approval to address this issue.

The proponent undertook certain actions to meet conditions of DA No. 201120272, however did not follow through with construction of the building. The proponent has recently lodged further DAs to construct a new building over the block, with one DA being for basement car parking (DA approved on 12 December 2016, DA No.

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