Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 May 2017) . . Page.. 1522 ..
maybe it would have been against it. But we will never know because these were technical amendments and no-one knew about them until it was far too late. In both examples the problem is that technical amendments are being used to change the Territory Plan without adequate consultation on issues where the Greens believe the community should have been able to have a say.
The bill I am presenting is a very short, very simple amendment to the Planning and Development Act to fix that problem. It inserts a new subsection into section 89 of the act to make sure that technical amendments cannot be used for Territory Plan variations where the community would want and would expect to have a say. In technical terms, the Planning and Land Authority will not be able to “make”—that is, “finalise”—a technical amendment unless “the variation is unlikely to (a) be contentious; or (b) otherwise cause adverse public comment”. If a variation could be contentious or cause adverse public comment, the authority would have to use the full Territory Plan variation process, which involves a process of public consultation.
In conclusion, changing the planning rules through a technical amendment means that the community does not get a say. This is absolutely fine for error corrections and procedural changes in which the community has no interest. However, the community is getting increasingly concerned that technical amendments are being used when they would like to have a say. I call on all members to listen to the community’s concerns on this issue and support this bill when it comes up for debate.
Debate (on motion by Ms Lawder) adjourned to the next sitting.
Community facility zoned land
MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (10.50): I move:
That this Assembly:
(1) notes that:
(a) the objective of Community Facilities Zone (CFZ) land is to:
(i) facilitate social sustainability and inclusion through providing accessible sites for key government and non-government facilities and services for individuals, families and communities;
(ii) provide accessible sites for civic life and allow community organisations to meet the needs of the territory’s various forms of community;
(iii) protect these social and community uses from competition from other uses;
(iv) enable the efficient use of land through facilitating the co-location, and multi-use of community facilities, generally near public transport routes and convenience services appropriate to the use;