About the project

What is the Planning Strategy Refresh?

It's time to refresh the 2012 Planning Strategy for the ACT and set the direction for the Canberra and ACT we want in the future. A lot of the 2012 strategy remains relevant - but we need to refresh the strategy to take into account the changes our city is undergoing, notably light rail, ongoing urban renewal and a growing population.

A refreshed 2018 ACT Planning Strategy document will also incorporate the progress made on key Government priorities such as, achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT by 2045, providing increased housing choice and affordability and delivering improved and integrated public transport and active travel.

We are growing, we value our environment, and we can’t continue expanding our footprint. We need to consider what the growth of Canberra will look like in the future. Where will it be? What will be needed to support it? How do we plan for it?

You have been very engaged in a range of consultation activities and topics in recent years, including: housing, Statement of Ambition (Chief Minister), Statement of Intent (Minister for Planning and Land Management), climate change, light rail, environmental management plans, development proposals, building reforms, and a range of other topics across government that are relevant to the Planning Strategy. We are using all of this information to provide guidance on a range of matters.

Our engagement on the Planning Strategy Refresh will be focused on topics around growth and the future and there are a range of opportunities and ways to get involved and have your say on the kind of city you want Canberra to be in the future.

What is being refreshed?

The following diagram shows how key themes from the 2012 ACT Planning Strategy are being taken forward as part of the 2018 Refresh.

This diagram shows a column on the left that lists of 2012 Planning Strategy themes: Compact and efficient city; mobility and transport; housing stock and affordable choice; community facilities and group and local centres; public realm; built form and de

Outline of the Refresh

The Planning Strategy Refresh is being designed to have an easy-to-read and accessible format. The Planning Strategy Refresh document will have the following elements:

This list shows the draft outline of the 2018 Refresh: Vision for Canberra in 2045 themes and topics; achievements and progress on the 2012 Strategy; changes and policy directions since 2012; key trends eg population and housing; themes and strategic dire

Speaker Series

The Planning Strategy Refresh Speaker Series was held over three evening sessions in late June and early July. Canberra residents joined industry and community group representatives to enrich local planning conversations, consider how key policies interlink and explore the realms of possibilities as presented by each visionary speaker.

The events were TEDx-style presentations from national and international thought leaders, followed by Q&A sessions with audience members both in attendance and watching live.

You can watch the evenings as they unfolded by viewing the video on demand, see a visual representation of the conversation drawn by a live scribe, and read the conversation tracker below.


Speaker Session 1: Car city or clean transport capital?

Speaker Session 1 - video recording

The first session of the ACT Planning Strategy Refresh Speaker Series was held in Canberra on Thursday 28 June 2018. A recording of the live stream is available below.


Speaker Session 1 - conversation in images

A live scribe attended the event to record the conversation in as it unfolded. See the results of that artwork below.

Speaker session 1 - conversation tracker

A conversation tracker was prepared to provide an overview of the evening and highlight key messages.


Speaker Session 2: Garden city or city in a garden?

Speaker session 2 - video recording

The second session of the ACT Planning Strategy Refresh Speaker Series was held in Canberra on Thursday 5 July 2018. A recording of the live stream is available below.

Speaker Session 2 - conversation in images

A live scribe attended the event to record the conversation in as it unfolded. See the results of that artwork below.

Speaker Session 2 - conversation tracker

A conversation tracker was prepared to provide an overview of the evening and highlight key messages.

Speaker Session 3: Bush Capital and global city: getting the balance right

Speaker Session 3 - video recording

The third session of the ACT Planning Strategy Refresh Speaker Series was held in Canberra on Tuesday 10 July 2018. A recording of the live stream is available below.

Speaker Session 3 - conversation in images

A live scribe attended the event to record the conversation in as it unfolded. See the results of that artwork below.

Speaker Session 3 - conversation tracker

A conversation tracker was prepared to provide an overview of the evening and highlight key messages.

Workshops

Over three nights from 14-16 August 2018, Canberra residents, industry stakeholders, academics and young planners joined together to workshop practical planning ideas for Canberra’s future. The sessions were focused on specific questions around key planning themes integrated with transport, climate change and housing influences.

The workshop report and information papers for each session are available below.

Workshop 1: Planning for a compact and efficient city - Background paper

Workshop 2: Planning for a diverse and sustainable Canberra - Background paper

Workshop 3: Planning for a liveable and accessible Canberra - Background paper

Workshop engagement report.

Planning in the Pub

Following the successful Planning Strategy Refresh speaker series and workshops, come and join urban planners and policy makers to discuss and share your ideas about planning topics around Canberra’s future growth and the kind of city you want Canberra to be in the future.

We’ve carried out a number of conversations for the Planning Strategy Refresh and now you’ll hear how this will inform the Planning Strategy.

Join Minister Mick Gentleman and local MLAs to talk all things planning for the ACT. Hear also from the ACT Young Planners Committee and how planning is important to the younger generation in the ACT.

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Get involved

We want to hear from the Canberra community and we are providing a range of activities that you can participate in. Some of you might prefer quick online activities while other might like hearing from experts on topics related to the future of Canberra. Some of you might like to be challenged to think of a different future while others might like to be part of a group and focus on specific elements of the planning strategy and maybe even draw something. Some of you might like to socialise while you listen and participate, while some of you might just want to write to us and share your thoughts.

We think we have you covered - we have a range of ways for you to participate and contribute to the conversation about the ACT Planning Strategy Refresh. This will be happening through July and August and we’ll provide updates as we go along. Please keep a watch on the activities as we update them and let you know about some of the conversations that have happened.

Click on the tabs at the top of the page for more information on our engagement activities. You can also send us an email with your comments and suggestions to EPSDDPlanningRefresh@act.gov.au.

We will continue to update Your Say with information on activities as we progress. Make sure to register for updates if you would like to be kept up to date as information is added.