The Infrastructure Delivery Partners Group, Major Projects Canberra (ACT Government) has lodged an application for an EIS exemption under section 211B of the Planning and Development Act 2007 for the construction of the John Gorton Drive 3C Extension (JGD3C) across numerous blocks in Denman Prospect and Molonglo.
John Gorton Drive stage 3C is the final segment of the road, consisting of approximately 1.7km of dual carriageway arterial road and a 227.5m bridge over the Molonglo River which will link the southern section of John Gorton Drive to the northern section. Three EIS exemptions have previously been granted across the JGD3C area for Molonglo Valley Urban Development Stages 2 and 3, south and north of the Molonglo River respectively.
Overview of EIS exemptions
Section 211 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 allows for a proponent to seek exemption from the requirement to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Minister has discretion under this section to grant an exemption if satisfied that previous studies have adequately identified the potential environmental impacts of the proposal.
A proponent may apply for an EIS exemption for any proposal that would trigger an EIS under Schedule 4 of the Planning and Development Act 2007.
Public consultation and how to make a submission
The public consultation period for this EIS exemption application is 20 working days. The consultation period closes COB Thursday, 28 November, 2019.
Submissions should include the application reference number EIS-201900037 and the name and contact details of the person making the submission.
If you would like to make a submission on this proposal it should be addressed to the Chief Planning Executive and made in one of the following ways:
Public Submission Smartform
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate Customer Service Centre, 16 Challis Street, Dickson
How public submissions are handled
Please note: Under section 211F of the Planning and Development Act 2007;
The Minister must
(a) make a copy of any submission available on the authority website until the submission is withdrawn or the consultation period ends; and
(b) give a copy of the submission to the proponent of the development proposal.
In complying with the obligation under section 211F, the authority discloses the submissions, which may include personal information on its website and to the proponent. You may request to have part or all of your submission excluded from the public register under Sections 411 or 412 of the Planning and Development Act 2007. The request for exclusion must be in writing and clearly identify what you are seeking to exclude and how the request satisfies the exclusion criteria. The authority may approve or refuse to approve an exclusion application.
See the Consultation Notice for further information on providing a submission, including publication of submissions.