Page 12 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 13 February 2018

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MRS JONES: Scrutiny report 13 contains the committee’s comments on four bills, 16 pieces of subordinate legislation, seven government responses, one national regulation, one regulatory impact statement and proposed amendments to one government bill. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Planning and Urban Renewal—Standing Committee

Report 3

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (10.29): I present the following report:

Planning and Urban Renewal—Standing Committee—Report 3—Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No 344 Woden Town Centre: Zone Changes and Amendments to the Phillip Precinct Map and Code, dated 7 December 2017, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings and transmittal letter, dated 11 December 2017.

I move:

That the report be noted.

On 27 July 2017, pursuant to section 73 of the Planning and Development Act 2007, the Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman, referred the draft variation to the Territory Plan 344, Woden town centre, zone changes and amendments to the Phillip precinct map and code, to the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal for consideration and report to the Assembly. On 11 December 2017 the committee tabled, out of session, its third report for the Ninth Assembly, to whit this report on Woden.

In preparing the report, the committee received 18 submissions and heard from 19 witnesses, including members of community organisations, individuals, the Minister for Planning and Land Management and directorate officials. On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank everyone who provided information and evidence to this inquiry. In particular, I would like to thank the committee secretary, Annemieke Jongsma. I would also like to thank the other members of the committee: Suzanne Orr, Nicole Lawder, Tara Cheyne and James Milligan.

The committee discussed the draft territory plan and the many submissions with the shared objective of finding recommendations that we could all support to lead to a better outcome for Woden. The committee recommended that, subject to all our other recommendations, and there are 31 of them, the draft variation to the Territory Plan should be approved. I am very hopeful that the draft variation to the Territory Plan will be approved with these recommendations, given the support that they have received from the entire committee.

I am now going to talk about the recommendations, and a bit about the state of Woden. I want to make clear that the comments that I am making from now on I am making in my capacity as the ACT Greens planning spokesperson and also as a member for

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