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Mick Gentlemen announced plans are being developed for eight districts. Image – ACT Government & Canberra.
  • A plan will be developed for eight districts
  • District-based plans are being developed across Canberra
  • Last year's Places and Spaces engagement revealed Canberrans value footpaths, recreation facilities and being close to nature reserves

The ACT Government has announced new district-based plans are being developed across the Territory.

As a part of this, the ACT Government wishes to capture what Canberrans value then incorporate this into a new, improved planning system, according to Mick Gentlemen, the Minister for Planning and Land Management.

“We want to make sure future planning decisions consider what’s important to you. In our improved planning system, development assessments will factor in what you’ve told us,” said Mr Gentlemen.

“Canberra is a diverse city and every area has different features that make it a great place to live. Over the last two years, we have listened to what Canberrans love about their local areas and now we are conducting workshops to confirm what you value.”

Mick Gentlemen, Minister for Planning and Land Management

As part of this, the ACT Government will consult with eight districts: Belconnen, Gungahlin, Molonglo, Inner North, Inner South, Tuggeranong, Weston Creek and Woden Valley. The idea of gathering examples from district level planning is common in other cities both nationally and overseas.

“This work is a key part of our project to reform the ACT’s planning system so it’s simpler and more focussed on good outcomes. I encourage everyone to get involved and help us with the district planning for your area.”

From the Places and Spaces engagement the ACT Government undertook last year, it found Canberrans in general valued footpaths and walking trails, sport and recreation facilities, open green space, parklands and being close to natural reserves.

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