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Greens MLA request integrated planning for Red Hill developments

On 20 Sep 2017, at 5:11 pm, LE COUTEUR <LECOUTEUR@parliament.act.gov.au> wrote:

Dear concerned residents

I asked a question today in the Assembly re the combined impact of the Federal Gold Club proposal and the Telstra site proposal.  I didn’t get a very useful response from the minister:

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the minister for planning and relates to proposals for residential development at the Federal Golf Club and a nearby site in Deakin adjacent to the Telstra exchange. Minister, given the closeness of the sites, the joint traffic impacts they will have on surrounding roads, the impacts they could both have on Red Hill nature reserve, and the fact that both sites have had previous unsuccessful attempts at rezoning, will the government do an integrated plan that encompasses both sites?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Le Couteur for her question. It is very important, of course, that we take into account all of the implications of development in those particular zones. So we need to take into account traffic management and impacts on the environment, and take the community into account during those programs, too. Each time a proponent comes forward with one of these proposals, all those matters are considered. Indeed my understanding is that the proponent for the golf club is doing that pre-DA work at the moment and involving the community in those conversations.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, what will you do to ensure that the joint impacts are considered, not just separate impacts?

MR GENTLEMAN: The important thing here is that our Planning Directorate works with the engineers within the traffic section to ensure that the traffic engineers have input into the planning system, to make sure that the impact on our roads across the ACT and the impact on traffic in the ACT is regulated along with any approvals in Planning.

Caroline Le Couteur MLA

ACT Greens Spokesperson for Planning, Transport,

City Services, Housing, Arts, Animal Welfare,

Community Services, Women, Seniors,

and Social Inclusion (Children, Disability, LGBTIQ)

ACT Greens Member for Murrumbidgee

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