THE ACT'S Majura Parkway project earlier this month received the green light for development, following a decision by Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell to use his call-in powers to approve the proposal.
"The Majura Parkway project is a vital project which will provide for the efficient operation of Canberra's arterial road network and which will also deliver long-term economic benefits to the Territory," Mr Corbell said.
"For these reasons I have decided to call-in the project and grant it development approval to ensure the proposal can proceed without delay and deliver these substantial public benefits to the broader community."
The Minister said the ACT Government has allocated $144 million to the project, which has been matched by the Commonwealth Government due to its importance as an interstate freight route for the Capital Region.
The project will result in a new 11.5 kilometre, dual carriageway road linking the Federal Highway in Canberra's north to the Monaro Highway in Canberra's south.
According to the government, 25 submissions were received and considered during the public notification period.
Under the Territory's Planning and Development Act, the Minister can call-in and approve an application if the Minister considers it will respond to a major policy issue, have a substantial effect on achieving objectives of the Territory Plan or provide a substantial public benefit.
The Minister's decision cannot be appealed to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
"The existing Majura Road requires upgrading to dual carriageway to improve safety and provide better, more efficient access for both local traffic and interstate freight vehicle movements to industrial areas like Fyshwick and the Canberra Airport precinct," Mr Corbell said.
Elements of the project also require the approval of the National Capital Authority (NCA) where they impact on Designated Land under the National Capital Plan. The Minister's approval will assist the NCA to complete its consideration of the project.