Gungahlin Town Centre Planning Refresh

The Gungahlin Town Centre has grown rapidly in recent years, attracting new residents, businesses and investment, particularly light rail. The centre will continue to grow into the future.

According to Australian Bureau of Statistic census data, between 2006 and 2016, the population of the suburb of Gungahlin, which includes the town centre, increased by 2,870 to 6,330 people and all employment increased by 2,450 to 4,100 employees.

To ensure that the town centre’s growth is appropriately managed, a refresh of the centre’s planning framework has been undertaken.

The refresh also responded to a government commitment to undertake a review in response to community concerns about liveability, amenity and types of development including with high density development particularly in the north-western precinct of the town centre.

The Gungahlin Town Centre Planning Refresh - snapshot

The final Gungahlin Town Centre Planning Refresh Snapshot provides a summary of the key issues that have been considered and the proposed recommendations for future changes and directions for planning and development.

The Snapshot includes for information purposes only, a Concept Variation to the Territory Plan‘s Gungahlin Precinct Map and Code that illustrates how the Snapshot’s recommendations relevant to Territory Plan will be implemented and progressed.

The Snapshot will be followed in mid 2019 by the release of a draft Variation to the Territory Plan to give effect to the recommendations. This will provide the community with a further opportunity to influence the future of the town centre.

Planning Refresh recommendations

The planning refresh makes a number of recommendations and these are discussed below under the three key themes for the review.

Building height and character

The refresh found that much of the town centre, the building heights and land uses provided by the Territory Plan were still appropriate, except for two precincts, which are discussed below:

Gungahlin East

The precinct is currently undeveloped and reserved for office development. The refresh recommends various changes to this area including:

North West Gungahlin

The precinct is largely developed and includes a number of high rise residential developments either completed, under construction or with development approval.

The refresh recommends changes to this area including:

It is noted that existing apartment developments in the precinct are up to 18, 20 and 22 storeys (up to approximately 69m high), which were permitted by a historical provision in the Territory Plan that has now lapsed.

Walking Cycling and Road transport

The refresh recommends various changes to walking, cycling and road transport including:

Upgrade of open spaces

The refresh recommends various changes to walking, cycling and road transport including:

Community facilities

In response to community feedback, the planning refresh also considered the provision of community facilities in the town centre and recommended the following:

Message from community

Key messages from the 2017 community engagement are summarised below and detailed in the Gungahlin Town Centre Planning Refresh - Community Engagement Report:

Building height and character

Upgrading and enhancing public spaces

Walking, cycling and road transport

What will happen next?

The Gungahlin Town Centre Planning Refresh - background

The original planning vision for the Gungahlin Town Centre in the mid 1990’s was for a low scale urban village with maximum four (4) storey buildings across the centre.

Planning was reviewed in 2010 through the Gungahlin Town Centre Planning Report that considered whether planning was producing the desired outcomes for the town centre and the community. The key recommendations of this 2010 Planning Report that informed Variation to the Territory Plan No. 300 (2011) were:

Since 2010, the Gungahlin town centre has grown substantially, attracting new residents, businesses and investment, particularly light rail. To ensure that the town centre’s planning framework remains contemporary to direct and manage growth and the benefits that light rail will bring, a planning review or refresh has been undertaken.

The planning refresh focused on the following three key themes, which respond to key community concerns:

In 2017, community engagement on these three themes was undertaken and a community engagement report prepared.

Community feedback received during the 2017 engagement process was reviewed and assessed through the following technical analysis to inform the refresh’s recommendations:

Further Information

Email: Gungahlin@act.gov.au