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National Capital Plan Draft Amendment 91 – City and Gateway Urban Design Provisions

The National Capital Authority (NCA) has released National Capital Plan Draft Amendment 91 – City and Gateway Urban Design Provisions (DA91) for public consultation.

The purpose of DA91 is to implement the NCA’s interest in the City and Gateway Urban Design Framework by establishing detailed planning and design criteria for development on land flanking the Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue.

Background

The Australian Government through the NCA, and the ACT Government, share planning responsibility in the ACT. The mutual interest and responsibility in the city and gateway corridor, including the Federal Highway, Northbourne Avenue, and the city centre, prompted the need for a revised planning and design framework to guide future design and development.

The Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue corridor forms a key approach to Canberra’s city centre. The NCA’s interest lies in ensuring that the corridor reflects the significance of Canberra as the National Capital and the high development and landscaping standards are observed along the length of the corridor.

In March 2018, the NCA and ACT Government’s Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) released the City and Gateway Draft Urban Design Framework for public consultation. The draft framework was developed collaboratively between the NCA and EPSDD to set the principles for development and growth in the city centre and along the gateway corridor of Northbourne Avenue and the Federal Highway.

The draft framework was amended in response to community comment, and was subsequently endorsed by the NCA and ACT Government. The final City and Gateway Urban Design Framework (City and Gateway Framework) is available on the NCA’s website at www.nca.gov.au.

The City and Gateway Framework reflects the interests and expectations of both governments in a single urban design document. The Framework sets out the overarching principles for urban renewal and growth in the city centre and along the corridor to achieve well-designed and sustainable buildings, urban infrastructure, public places and streets that is appropriate for the gateway to the National Capital.

Changes to planning controls for the corridor are required to give effect to key principles of the Framework. In addition to DA91, the ACT Government’s Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate will undertake the process to vary the Territory Plan. The variation will reflect the Territory’s interest in the City Centre and gateway corridor.

Public information session

A public information session was held on Wednesday 6 February 2019 at the National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Regatta Point, Commonwealth Park, Parkes ACT 2600. The NCA thanks all attendees for their attendance and interest in the project.

A record of the public information session is available in the 'Attachments' section below.

Submissions

The NCA welcomes written comments on DA91 from interested parties as part of the consultation process.

Submissions to DA91 can be:

emailed to draftamendment@nca.gov.au

mailed to Chief Planner, National Capital Authority, GPO Box 373, Canberra ACT 2601

delivered to National Capital Authority, Ground Floor, Treasury Building, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600.

Submissions are invited until close of business on Monday 4 March 2019.

Further information

Further information on DA91 is available by telephone on 02 6271 2888 or email draftamendment@nca.gov.au.

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