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(3) Why was the decision to made to make the addition of “social housing” under the definition of “supportive housing” in 2015 a technical amendment rather than a Territory Plan Variation.
(4) Does the Government consider the 2015 technical amendment a “significant change” to the Territory Plan; if not, why not.
(5) What are the current Government definitions for (a) public housing, (b) social housing and (c) supportive housing and where in legislation do these definitions appear.
(6) What are the reasons that the Government has chosen to use CFZ land for “social housing”.
Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) As at April 2017, Housing ACT holds 342 dwellings on Community Facility-zoned (CFZ) land. This includes two developments completed by the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce on CFZ land in Chisholm and Monash. A third site on CFZ land in Nicholls is currently under construction by the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce.
The public housing renewal projects in Monash, Chisholm and Nicholls were first identified in late 2014. The project in Chisholm was completed in June 2016, the project in Monash was completed in November 2016, and the project in Nicholls is expected to be completed in mid 2017.
CFZ sites are selected for “social housing” in the same way as sites in other land use zones, including sites on residential-zoned land.
(2) For CFZ land generally:
(a) There are over 60 unleased blocks of CFZ land available for use across Canberra. Of these blocks, nearly half are located in Tuggeranong, Woden or Weston Creek, with a few sites available in central Canberra, Gungahlin and in the Molonglo Valley.
(b) The order of priority for the types of community facilities built on CFZ land is generally determined by the future demand for different types of facilities and their population catchments. Community facilities can include schools, child care centres, libraries, community centres, emergency services, police, health care, cultural activities and places of worship. Facilities which may require larger sites, such as schools or aged care accommodation, may be prioritised over those more commercial community uses which are able to respond to market demand, such as child care centres and medical centres.
From the perspective of users and to ensure efficient use of resources, some community facilities will be best provided in clusters or hubs with other community facilities, or co-located with other retail and commercial facilities in local, district or regional shopping centres.
(c) The implications of the continued use of CFZ land for residential use are as follows:
Generally, the supply of land that is unleased and available for community facilities in the ACT is diminishing. In addition, some of the unleased CFZ land