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Guidelines for Development

Urban Design Guidelines

The NCA undertakes development of Urban Design Guidelines and other related materials to influence the quality of development in the National Capital as required by the National Capital Plan (the Plan). The Urban Design Guidelines provide guidance to land managers and site developers on the application of the Plan at a detailed site or precinct scale.

The following Urban Design Guidelines have been endorsed by the National Capital Authority.

West Basin Design Guidelines

West Basin is a nationally significant precinct identified for future urban renewal. The precinct is centrally located, close to national attractions with great potential for rejuvenation as a high quality, urban, lakeside precinct.

The precinct is within Designated Areas defined in the National Capital Plan. Development proposals for this site will be subject to NCA Works Approval. Given the site's scale and positional importance and recent development plans under the City to the Lake proposal, it was considered appropriate that the NCA provide guidance on the preferred character of the area.

Creating Places for People and Road User Hierarchy

The NCA has adopted the principles of Creating Places for People - an urban design protocol for Australian cities, which forms the Australian Government’s approved policy for urban design. The document and more information can be accessed from the protocol's website, at the link below.

Click here to access Creating Places for People[External Website].

Constitution Avenue Public Realm Handbook

The NCA has produced the Constitution Avenue Public Realm Handbook to support changes being made to Constitution Avenue by multiple parties, over a period of time. It provides a level of direction on design integration and quality that will ultimately improve the experience of the street. This document is to be used by the NCA and others to guide the design of works within the roadway and adjacent development. The document has been produced in consultation with a range of key stakeholders and user groups.

Guidelines for Commemorative Works in the National Capital

The NCA has a responsibility to encourage the representation in the National Capital of the broad range of Australian cultural narratives. The Guidelines for Commemorative Works in the National Capital canvasses as wide a range of subjects and themes as possible, ensuring that all the ‘nationally significant’ areas of Australian history, heritage and culture are properly represented.

Guidelines for Perimeter Security

The National Capital Authority has prepared these Urban Design Guidelines for Security in the National Capital to encourage high quality design solutions that integrate building security into the landscape of public areas.

Yarralumla Bay Recreational Hub Master Plan

This Master Plan provides an additional level of detail to the provisions of the National Capital Plan for the Yarralumla Bay area. It sets a clear framework for the future development of Yarralumla Bay and surrounds to ensure the area can continue to be enjoyed in the future by recreational and community users, whilst maintaining the unique character and natural setting of the area.

Outdoor Lighting Policy

This policy has been prepared to guide the range of considerations necessary when installing or renewing outdoor lighting in the nationally significant areas of the Australian Capital Territory. It seeks to ensure that the planning, design and operation of lighting balances the needs of people and the environment. Importantly, the policy strengthens the role that lighting plays in our understanding and appreciation of the National Capital and Canberra's urban landscape.