New planning rules make active travel easier

Many new buildings in the ACT and those undergoing major refurbishment will soon be required to provide end-of-trip facilities such as showers, changerooms, lockers and bicycle parking.

Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman said active travel is an important part of the ACT Government’s plans to improve the liveability and sustainability of our city.

“From planning to infrastructure, we’re working hard to make it as easy as possible for Canberrans to ride, run, scoot or walk to or from work, or enjoy some exercise on their lunchbreaks,” Minister Gentleman said.

“This Territory Plan variation, called the End-of-Trip Facilities General Code, has been in the works for some time. The ACT Government has engaged extensively with industry and community stakeholders to make sure the new rules won’t create an unreasonable burden for building developers, owners or managers.

“By not including the space dedicated to end-of-trip facilities in the calculation of gross floor area, I think we’ve reached an excellent compromise between industry and employee benefits. This allows end-of-trip facilities to be provided without reducing the floor space for offices, retail spaces or dwellings in multi-unit complexes.

“The new rules don’t apply to single dwellings, such as stand-alone houses.

“This is another step forward in reducing the barriers to active commuting and another way the ACT Government is creating a healthy, connected city,” Minister Gentleman said.

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