Project status: Opening Soon

The ACT Government is improving its planning and building systems to help shape Canberra’s future as our city continues to grow.

We are reviewing the ACT planning system to:

  • simplify the planning system
  • provide certainty to community and industry about what can be developed
  • consider character, context and design as key elements of the system
  • provide for innovative development outcomes.

The challenge

Canberra’s population is growing by approximately 8,000 per year as more people choose to live here. With this growth, 100,000 new homes will need to be built in the next 25 years, with 70 per cent in existing urban areas.

A modern planning system is needed to deliver the recently refreshed ACT Planning Strategy 2018, which is aiming to deliver a compact, efficient, diverse, sustainable, liveable and accessible city.

How do we solve it?

We want a planning system that is flexible, easy to use, protects what we value and encourages innovation. The ACT Planning Review (the Review) will examine what changes need to be made to the Territory Plan and ACT Planning and Development Act to deliver this improved planning framework.

Alongside the Review, Building Reform and Strata Reform projects are also underway to raise the professionalism and practice standards across the building industry, delivering better buildings through a fairer and more responsive system. These reforms are not the topic of this engagement, however will provide greater education and awareness to community of their rights, obligations and points of information when it comes to buying or constructing property.