Minister for Planning - Statement of Planning Intent

After extensive engagement with the ACT community, Minister for Planning, Mick Gentleman, finalised his 2015 Statement of Planning Intent. The statement sets out the key planning priorities for the ACT Government for the next three to five years.

The statement built on the strategic framework set out in the 2012 ACT Planning Strategy, Transport for Canberra and the ACT Government’s climate change strategy and action plan.

The ACT Planning Strategy 2018 supports the further delivery of the key planning priorities set out in the Minister’s Statement.


Under the Planning and Development Act 2007, the Minister for Planning may set out the main principles that are to govern planning and land development in the ACT through a written statement, the Statement of Planning Intent. The Environment and Planning Directorate must perform its functions taking the Statement into consideration.

In developing his Statement, Minister Gentleman engaged with the community to hear their thoughts on planning priorities for the ACT.
The Statement of Planning Intent establishes four key planning priorities, and associated actions, that reflect the key messages heard from the community and stakeholders:

  • Creating sustainable, compact and liveable neighbourhoods with better transport choices
  • Delivering high quality public spaces and streets through placemaking
  • Delivering an outcome-focused planning system to reward design excellence and innovation
  • Engaging with the community, business and research sectors to optimise planning outcomes.

Community engagement

The Statement of Planning Intent was open for community feedback from 25 February to 8 April 2015. Input was sought based on a discussion paper and six workshops. More than 170 stakeholders and community members attended the workshops, completed feedback forms or provided their individual feedback.

Read the community engagement report.

More information

For more information about the Statement email or to stay informed visit YourSay.