The Statement of Planning Principles (the Principles) sets out the principles for giving effect to the object of the National Capital Plan (the Plan) as required by the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 (the Act). The object of the Plan is ‘to ensure that Canberra and the Territory are planned and developed in accordance with their national significance’.
The content of Part Two is organised under the themes of:
- General matters
Primary objectives are identified for each theme, followed by principles which further detail consideration of these matters to ensure that Canberra and the Territory are planned and developed in accordance with their national significance.
The ordering of the Principles is not intended to convey any notion of relative priority, and each needs to be given due consideration where relevant to a proposal. The Principles provide a framework for the policy content of the Plan and have been considered against matters of national significance. These Principles must be considered in the planning and development of Canberra and the Territory and in policies guiding these matters. The objectives and principles stated in this section are binding on both the Australian and ACT Governments.