20 September 2023
New ACT Planning Framework - Links to Interim Territory Plan and Consultation and Submissions on Framework in Previous Public Consultations
Interim Territory Plan Notifiable instrument (Legal Document) can be found at https://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2023-540
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The Territory Plan guides planning and development in the ACT.
As part of the new planning system, Canberra now has a new interim Territory Plan.
It outlines what development can take place and where. It guides developers and gives the Territory Planning Authority the tools to approve or refuse applications for development.
The Territory Plan has District and Zone policies to help with this.
District policies details the key assessment requirements and expected outcomes relevant to each specific district. Zone policies lists the types of developments that can be built in specific zones.
It also lists what documentation is required for assessment to occur.
DS1 – Gungahlin District Specifications
DS2 – Belconnen District Specifications
DS3 – Inner North and City District Specifications
DS4 – Inner South District Specifications
DS5 – Molonglo Valley District Specifications
DS6 – Weston Creek District Specifications
DS7 – Woden District Specifications
DS8 – Tuggeranong District Specifications
DS9 – East Canberra District Specifications
DS10 – Non-Urban Districts Specifications
ZS1 – Residential Zones Specifications
ZS2 – Commercial Zones Specifications
ZS3 – Industrial Zones Specifications
ZS4 – Community Facility Zone Specifications
ZS5 – Parks and Recreation Zones Specifications
ZS6 – Transport and Services Zones Specifications
ZS7 – Non-Urban Zones Specifications
SS1 - Subdivision Specifications
The Minister for Planning and Land Management must provide the draft plan to the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport, and City Services.
Whether or not an inquiry occurs will be a decision made by the committee.
If an inquiry is held, the committee will need to provide a report to the ACT Government within 6 months from the start of the inquiry. Find out more about independent inquiries on the Legislative Assembly website.
After the Territory Plan has been provided to the committee, the Legislative Assembly must then decide whether there will be an interim Territory Plan. An interim Territory Plan means that from the commencement day the plan is in force and development applications need to comply with it.
At the end of the inquiry process, the interim Territory Plan may be updated in response to the recommendations made by the committee.
The Legislative Assembly may decide to approve an amended version of the Territory Plan or agree to no changes being made to the interim Territory Plan.
The Territory Plan approved by the Assembly after the inquiry process is the final Territory Plan and will no longer be an interim plan.
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We want to hear from you!
Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to this inquiry are now open.
The Committee will be reviewing the proposed Territory Plan and its supporting documents such as design guides and planning technical specifications.
The ACT Government received a large volume of feedback during the consultation period, which included over 1,700 responses from the community. The Committee has received all those pieces of feedback and will consider them as part of this inquiry. The Committee is incredibly grateful to the community for dedicating so much of their time already to the Planning Review. The Committee is keen to ensure this project receives ample scrutiny whilst reducing the burden on the community wherever possible. For this reason, the Committee invites EOIs to appear at the public hearings rather than full written submissions.
Where members of the community have something additional to say that was not covered in an earlier written submission to the ACT Government, can be included in the EOIs.
EOIs should be no more than 2 pages. Please include your name, phone number, postal and email addresses, before sending your EOIs in either digital or physical form to one of these addresses:
By email (preferred): LAcommitteePTCS@parliament.act.gov.au
By post: Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services, ACT Legislative Assembly, GPO Box 1020, Canberra ACT 2601
Closing date for EOIs is 5pm on Friday, 27 October 2023. If you have any difficulty meeting this deadline, please request an extension. Please note that, whilst the Committee endeavours to hear from as many stakeholders as possible, an EOI will not automatically guarantee a place at the public hearings.