Master plans

EPD is currently working on a number master plans under different levels of development. These include KippaxCurtin and Tharwa centres.

What is a master plan?

  • A document that sets out how a particular area can (as opposed to will)  develop and redevelop into the future
  • A high level plan intended to set out objectives and strategies to  manage development and change over time
  • A process that defines what is important about a place and how its  character and quality can be conserved, improved and enhanced
  • It is not a detailed design

Who prepares a master plan?

  • In Canberra, EPD prepares master plans for all group centres, key  transport corridors and areas adjacent to town centres
  • Master plans are periodically reviewed to ensure their currency
  • The community and industry are engaged throughout the process, to ensure  local issues and community values are considered
    • This does not mean all of the  communities interests can be accommodated. Community views can sometimes  be conflicted, may not account for broader policy outcomes or may raise  issues that are not appropriately dealt with by a master plan, such as  maintenance of a centre
  • Other government  agencies sometimes prepare master plans, but they are typically development  plans for specific sites or confined locations

How is a master plan prepared?

  • Extensive community engagement
  • Consultation with other government agencies
  • Seeking advice from specialist consultants on matters such traffic,  parking, transport, economic viability, urban design, social planning and  heritage
  • Preparation of a draft vision, objectives and design principals
  • Draft master plan presented back to the community and stakeholders for comment
  • Presented to government for endorsement
  • Master plan is released to the public, as the final document in this comprehensive  process  

How is a master plan implemented?

It is released to the  public following government endorsement. Implementation may involve:

Territory Plan variation

For many centres a  variation to the Territory Plan will be necessary. In some instances a precinct  code with specific details relating to the centre will be introduced into the  Territory Plan. The precinct code will provide the opportunity for the building  heights and land uses outlined in the master plan to be realised by lease  holders.

Sale of territory owned land

Some territory owned  land may be identified as appropriate to sell to a developer. Other government  agencies take this land to market for sale.

Capital works

Infrastructure and  public space improvements may be required. This will involve various government  agencies, and funding through future government budgets.

Industry opportunities

It is up to the  business community to take advantage of opportunities identified within a  master plan to invest in a centre and help it meet the community’s needs. Often  many of the proposed changes are on existing developed sites, therefore a plan  is likely to take a number of years to be realised.

Ongoing community engagement

The community is  involved at each stage of development, either through consultation on changes  to the Territory Plan or notification of development applications.

Completed master plans

These master plans currently have a dual status:

  • Under the Territory Plan that commenced on 31 March 2008, elements of the plans have been incorporated into relevant Codes. Others have not been incorporated but are provided here for information.
  • Under the previous Territory Plan – which remains applicable for policy matters and assessment of development applications lodged before 31 March 2008 – these master plans may or may not be listed on the Register of Planning Guidelines. The Register is only relevant for the previous Territory Plan.

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