The City Plan


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The City Plan

As Canberra enters its second century, the ACT Government is preparing a plan to ensure the city centre can grow to meet our changing needs and aspirations.

Over many years, separate and distinct plans have been made by both the ACT and Australian governments to establish the future character, growth and development of parts of the city centre. However, until now there has been no single over-arching strategic framework that sets a clear plan for the centre into the future.

The City Plan will do this by setting a vision and a framework for future development in the city centre, based on five ‘character areas’ that typify the activities and character of the different parts of the city centre.

The City Plan will help determine development and growth, and ensure projects and infrastructure are delivered efficiently and effectively. It aims to unlock the potential of Canberra’s CBD and better integrate it with public transport, residential buildings, surrounding parklands and educational institutions. Local, national and international interest in the City will be stimulated, attracting business and visitors and boosting the economy, vibrancy and liveability.

Key elements of the City Plan will include the identification of new residential, business and leisure opportunities and improvements to Parkes Way to better connect the City and the lake. Several projects are being developed within the context of the City Plan, including two transformational projects, City to the Lake and Capital Metro.

The City Plan has been jointly funded by the ACT Government and the Australian Government’s Liveable Cities Program, which supports state, territory and local governments in meeting the challenges of improving the quality of life in our capitals and major regional cities. 

Community involvement

The first stage of community consultation was held in April and May, 2013, with thousands of Canberrans contributing their ideas. These comments have been incorporated into the development of the draft City Plan.

Your views on the draft City Plan are now being sought before the plan is finalised.


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