This policy provides a planning and design framework that can be implemented over time by parties responsible for lighting installation, operation and management. It intentionally allows flexibility in lamp and fitting selection, to encourage design innovation and advances in technology. Land managers, developers, property owners, asset owners, independent lighting designers, or any other person involved in the design or operation of lighting will be expected to address this policy within proposals involving lighting works. The policy will form a framework for the creation of lighting plans where required by heritage management plans.
This policy has been developed to supplement the provisions of the National Capital Plan (the Plan). This policy should be read in conjunction with the Plan and any other legislation and/or standards relevant to the design, development or operation of outdoor lighting installations, including but not limited to those outlined below.
This policy applies to any proposed lighting works within the Designated Areas of the National Capital Plan. The policy will form part of the formal assessment process undertaken by the NCA, when considering works approval applications that include outdoor lighting. The Designated Areas are shown below.
The Designated Areas map include all major approach routes to Canberra, the Parliamentary Zone, Lake Burley Griffin and Surrounding Parklands, the Mount Majura Nature Reserve and Stromlo forest.
Lighting in the National Capital enhances the experience and understanding of the city's unique urban landscape through night time illumination. The objectives and strategies set out in this policy are to be addressed in any design proposal for outdoor lighting, within Designated Areas of the Plan.
The key issues present in outdoor lighting design and operation, which must be addressed in all future lighting proposals.
Five key objectives for the effective management of key issues in outdoor lighting in accordance with the future development of outdoor lighting in the National Capital.
The mandatory strategies and design requirements that support the achievement of the policy objectives.
Policy Objective 1: Lighting must reinforce the planned urban geometry of the National Capital, its heritage and its relationship with the landscape.
Policy Objective 2: Lighting must contribute to the creation of a high quality public realm.
Policy Objective 3: Lighting must provide a safe night time environment for residents of, and visitors to the National Capital.
Policy Objective 4: Minimise the obtrusive effects of artificial lighting on the natural environment.
Policy Objective 5: Provide opportunities for celebration and commemoration through lighting.
This policy sets a framework for the effective management of the key issues in outdoor lighting, guided by a set of policy objectives. These objectives are in turn supported by a series of strategies and design requirements. Any lighting proposal within Designated Areas of the Plan will be assessed against this policy. The framework of this policy is detailed below.
Artificial lighting is installed to provide illumination at night that supports night time human activity. The provision of artificial light provides enormous community benefit. Poorly-considered lighting can however result in unintended adverse impacts. The design and operation of lighting must address the key issues: