Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 May 2017) . . Page.. 1532 ..
rezoning within an FUA if it is consistent with the structure plan; (4) changes to a precinct code and/or map to include provisions that were determined in the estate development plan assessment as needing to be ongoing; (5) clarification of the language of the Territory Plan; and (6) relocation provisions within the Territory Plan.
Substantive technical amendments are usually used to make the provisions in the Territory Plan clearer or to clarify what the policy intent was. They are typically initiated in response to a request from the community, industry or development assessment officers to clarify what is meant by a particular provision. Clarification technical amendments can be used to adjust development tables and definitions if the current wording is not consistent or clear enough.
The technical amendment to introduce “social housing” was to clarify what was already permitted in the Territory Plan. It did not extend the definition. It did not change the Territory Plan in its objectives, nor did it increase the range of uses permitted on CFZ land. The technical amendment was undertaken not to sneak through public housing but, rather, to clarify that social housing is considered to be a form of supportive housing and therefore permitted in the CFZ zone.
The public housing renewal program is critically important for the ACT. Public housing assists Canberrans on low incomes to reach their potential, to make a contribution to and to share the benefits of our community. New public housing will be better designed, more energy efficient and less costly to operate and maintain than existing housing. Creating a greater choice of housing across the city makes it easier for people to age in place in their community.To conclude, I would like to reiterate what I have said today. Community facility zoned land provides opportunities for various public and privately owned developments that benefit the community. This includes public housing where it is provided as supportive housing. The objectives of the community facility zone encourage adaptable and affordable housing for persons in need of residential support and care.
The technical amendment undertaken in 2015 did not significantly change the Territory Plan. It merely clarified that social housing is a common form of supportive housing and did not make any change to the definition itself. I trust that the information that I have provided today helps to remove any remaining confusion regarding this matter.
MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (11.16): I have already spoken extensively with regard to the tabling of the petitions, and Ms Lawder has outlined the case very well. I will deal specifically with the amendment and a proposal I have to send this matter to a committee.
Mr Gentleman has moved an amendment. Substantially, it makes a number of the same points that Ms Lawder is looking for, but the critical issue is that it does not stop this from happening. Yes, there will be information provided and there will be a discussion but, fundamentally, the point that Ms Lawder has made, that this not proceed, has been removed. Obviously, that is problematic for the opposition.