Planning reform moving ahead

A simpler planning system that provides better outcomes for Canberra is on track with the release of papers following extensive community consultations.

Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman said over the next 25 years, the ACT will need 100,000 new homes and associated infrastructure to keep up with a growing population.

“The ACT Government wants to ensure our planning system can cater to growth while protecting the character and diversity of our city,” Minister Gentleman said.

“We have heard valuable feedback and ideas from the community and industry through extensive engagement, which has helped shape the reform work so far.

“Today I’m releasing six planning review and reform papers based on these consultations outlining a clear pathway for a more user-friendly system that delivers better buildings and places for Canberra.

“Canberrans have told us about what makes their areas special. Next year we will talk more with the community about how we can capture and protect these attributes in an improved planning system.

“We will also be engaging with industry about proposed changes to planning legislation.

“The papers provide an overview of the proposed reform of the Territory’s planning system, as well as a review of the current system and an exploration of planning systems in other cities.

“I encourage everyone to have a look at the papers and see the path we are setting.”

View the papers at: www.yoursay.act.gov.au/act-planning-review

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