The requirement of s25 of the PALM Act to establish an ACT planning authority, legal planning framework for the Territory and Territory Plan is met by the Planning and Development Act 2007 (ACT). The object of this Act (s6) is “to provide a planning and land system that contributes to the orderly and sustainable development of the ACT—(a) consistent with the social, environmental and economic aspirations of the people of the ACT; and(b) in accordance with sound financial principles”.
The Planning and Development Act (2007) Chapter 5, sets out the requirements for the Territory Plan. The object of the Territory Plan (s46) is “to ensure, in a manner not inconsistent with the national capital plan, the planning and development of the ACT provide the people of the ACT with an attractive, safe and efficient environment in which to live, work and have their recreation”. The Territory Plan is a subordinate statutory instrument termed a “notifiable instrument”.
The Planning and Development Act (2007) s105 also sets out the requirement for a “planning strategy for the ACT that sets out long term planning policy and goals to promote the orderly and sustainable development of the ACT, consistent with the social, environmental and economic aspirations of the people of the ACT”.
The Act also provides the formal processes for assessment of development proposals and the arrangements for leases and licences.