Planning Review

The ACT Government is improving our planning and building systems to help shape Canberra’s future as our city continues to grow.

Canberra’s population is growing by approximately 8,000 per year as more people choose to live here. With this growth, 100,000 new homes will need to be built in the next 25 years and most of these will be in existing urban areas.

Our city needs a planning system that can facilitate this growth without compromising the characteristics of the city that its residents hold dear. Importantly, it needs a planning system that can deliver on the long-term vision for Canberra to be a city that is liveable, sustainable, resilient, and diverse.

Have your say

An important part of the ACT Planning Review project is asking the community to identify the unique characteristics of local areas. This will help us to develop more detailed planning at local levels. Find out more at www.yoursay.act.gov.au/act-planning-review

The challenge and how we solve it

Over the next 20 years Canberra’s population is expected to increase by over 40%. The city needs a planning system that can facilitate this growth without compromising the characteristics of the city that its residents hold dear.

Importantly, it needs a planning system that can deliver on the long-term vision for Canberra to be a city that is liveable, sustainable, resilient, and diverse.

The objective of the ACT Planning Review project is to develop a clear, easy to use planning system that delivers improved spatial and built outcomes across the Territory. In particular, the reformed system should:

  • facilitate development and housing supply while protecting those aspects of the city that made it an attractive place to live in the first place
  • instil confidence in the community through providing greater clarity of the desired outcomes
  • enable greater flexibility in the assessment of varying development types.

Desired outcomes of the review and subsequent reform include:

  • enabling the sustainable growth of the city without compromising its valued character
  • providing clarity of strategic direction, processes, roles and outcomes for the city’s community
  • providing flexible assessment pathways that are appropriate to the scale and scope of development