City and Gateway Urban Design Framework

On 19 December 2018, Mick Gentleman MLA, Minister for Planning and Land Management, and Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja jointly launched the City and Gateway Urban Design Framework (the Framework). The Australian Government, through the National Capital Authority, and ACT Government, through the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate partnered to deliver this Framework. The joint launch acknowledges the opportunities created by the shared planning responsibilities of the Australian and ACT Government’s. This partnership is ongoing and will continue through the implementation and statutory approval phases of the project.

The Framework builds upon feedback from two previous stages of community engagement and utilises a people-first approach to ensure high-quality design in buildings, public places and streets in the city centre and gateway corridor of Northbourne Avenue and the Federal Highway.

The Framework recognises the significant opportunities this area presents for urban renewal, growth and investment in the city centre, by enabling more people to live and work close to sustainable transport options, services and infrastructure. Importantly, the Framework will inform future changes to the planning controls that apply to the city and gateway corridor in the National Capital Plan and Territory Plan, to ensure that built form and urban design is well-designed and responds to Canberra’s much loved heritage and distinctive landscape character.

For more information about Stages 1 and 2 community engagement visit the Your Say website.

What next?

The Framework will be implemented by the National Capital Authority and the ACT Government through a National Capital Plan amendment and Territory Plan variations, which are expected to be available for public comment in early 2019. The community has been our strong partner in developing the Framework and we encourage Canberrans to continue contributing in the next steps of the Framework’s implementation.