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.

In accordance with section 211H of the Planning and Development Act 2007, the EIS exemption was granted by the Minister for Planning and Land Management on 31 August 2020. In accordance with section 211 of the Planning and Development Act 2007, the EIS exemption application expires on 31 August 2025.

Public consultation and how to make a submission

Public notification was held from 1 November 2019 to 28 November 2019 and has now closed. No public submissions were received.