Master plans

Currently in Progress

The master planning programme initiated under the 2012 Planning Strategy is now complete, with only a small selection of master plans to progress to final implementation through Territory Plan amendments.

Master plans were a key element in the implementation of the 2012 Planning Strategy, to manage and deliver responsible, integrated growth in appropriate locations. A series of locations were referenced in the 2012 Strategy as requiring a master plan, or a master plan review, due to their expected future growth or urban intensification and the importance of integrating land use, transport, employment and commercial activity.

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, EPSDD 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
    • On some occasions, some of the community's requirements may not be possible to accommodate, these situations include where the community views are conflicted, do not account broader policy outcomes, do not take into account the maintenance of the centre, or are not appropriately dealt by the master plan
  • 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?

  • Background analysis and project scope
  • Community Engagement - Stage 1: Issues and Ideas
  • Consultation with government agencies and other stakeholders
  • Consultation with specialist consultants on matters such as traffic, parking, transport, economic viability, urban design, social planning and heritage
  • Preparation of Draft Master Plan including vision, objectives and design principles
  • Community Engagement - Stage 2: Draft Master Plan
  • Consultation with government agencies and other stakeholders
  • Preparation of final Master Plan
  • Presentation to government for endorsement
  • Master Plan release and implementation (Precinct code, land release, further studies and public domain upgrades subject to government budget processes)

How is a master plan implemented?

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

Implementation occurs following government endorsement. It may involve:

  • Territory Plan variations
  • Sale of territory owned land
  • Capital works
  • Realisation of industry opportunities identified within the master plan
  • Further community consultation

Territory Plan variation

For many centres a variation to the Territory Plan is 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 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.