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 your views 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.

How you can be involved and have your say

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.

Speaker Series

What is it?

This is a chance to hear from some experts about cities, planning, transport, housing and climate change and what we might want to consider for Canberra. The speaker series is designed to stimulate meaningful conversations within the community on key issues that underpin the Planning Strategy, including transport, climate change and housing. Over three evenings, the sessions will be used as a forum to challenge the way you think about these issues and how they interlink and how they have, do, and will impact the growth of our city.

How to get involved

Register to attend the event. Join guest speakers, government professionals and your fellow community members for the theatre style event. After the formal proceedings have concluded, guests can continue discussions in person with speakers and there will also be interactive activities in the foyer over light refreshments.

Watch the conversation unfold live online. The event will be live streamed on Your Say and you will have the opportunity to submit your questions to the speakers through live Q&A.

Revisit Your Say at any time during the engagement to watch the recorded video of each session.

Speaker Series 1

Speaker Session 1: Car city or clean transport capital?


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.


Conversation in images

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

Conversation Tracker

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


Speaker Series 2

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


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.


Conversation in images

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

Conversation Tracker

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

Speaker Series 3

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


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.


Conversation in images

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

Conversation Tracker

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

Workshops

We will be holding a series of workshops to further the speaker series conversations and focus on some key topics around planning for the future of Canberra.

The workshops will have a themed topic and we’ll provide you with some background information leading up to it – so you can decide which one you might want to attend.

Keep an eye on the timeline for dates and ways to get involved.

Planning in the Pub

For those of you who like to socialise, come and join urban planners and policy makers and discuss how the conversations will influence the Planning Strategy Refresh.

Keep an eye on the timeline for dates and venues.