Page 984 - Week 03 - Thursday, 22 March 2018

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As you can see, and as members have spoken of, the range of programs and essential services in our libraries is wonderful. It is pleasing that we all agree about the important place libraries have in the life and learning of our community.

Discussion concluded.

Planning and Urban Renewal—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (4.21): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal. At a private meeting on 14 March 2018, the committee resolved to undertake an inquiry into development application processes in the ACT.

The committee, noting the high level of public interest in the processes involved in and the outcomes of development application processes within the ACT, resolved to inquire into and report on engagement with development application processes in the ACT, including:

1) Community engagement and participation in the Development Application process including:

a) the accessibility and clarity of information on Development Applications and Development Application processes, including Development Application signage; the Development Application finder app; and online resources;

b) pre-Development Application consultation and statutory notification processes; and

c) the availability and accessibility of current and historical Development Applications and decisions in relation to Development Applications, including reasons for Development Application approvals, conditions or rejections.

2) The accessibility and effectiveness of Development Application processes, including:

a) the information provided in relation to the requirements for Development Applications;

b) the current development assessment track system;

c) the Development Application e-lodgement and tracking system, e-Development;

d) processing times for Development Applications;

e) retrospective Development Applications;

f) reconsideration and appeal processes; and

g) Heritage, Tree Protection and Environmental assessments.

3) Development Application compliance assessment and enforcement measures.

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