Woden and Mawson

better places to work, live, shop and socialise

In November 2015, the ACT Government released master plans for the Woden town centre and Mawson centre that recommended planning changes to boost liveability, drive urban renewal and improve the centres’ viability in years to come. The master plans went through an extensive community engagement process.

The plans included recommendations to rezone the part of the Athllon Drive corridor between the centres to allow housing, open space and transport.

The Government has now developed draft variations to the Territory Plan to formally implement the plans’ recommendations into the ACT's planning framework.

What the variations do

The variations make zone changes and update the precinct codes to encourage development.

Among other things, the zone changes will allow more residences to be built, including medium and high density housing that gives residents more housing choice and will meet the needs of older people wishing to downsize but remain in their area and young people seeking an urban lifestyle.

Woden Town Centre

The main principles behind the Woden centre draft variation are:

  • Further diversify land uses to encourage more economic activity and residential development.
  • Improve the layout of streets, blocks and public spaces to make them easier to use.
  • Develop a strong community by allowing more residences, bringing the community hub further into the centre.
  • Improve access to and within the centre for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Encourage buildings that help the streets and open spaces be more friendly, safe and welcoming.

See an overview of the current and proposed zone changes on the slider below. For more detail and explanation, see:

Woden Town Centre Master Plan

Woden Town Centre Territory Plan Draft Variation

Mawson Group Centre

The main principles behind the Mawson centre draft variation are:

  • Establish five distinct precincts to help the centre evolve as needs and demands change.
  • Establish a new public transport precinct to cater for the centre’s growing role as a public transport hub.
  • Allow residential, commercial, retail, entertainment and service uses to support the centre’s economy.
  • Encourage day and night activity in the centre.
  • Ensure the centre is easy to get to by foot, bicycle, public transport and car.
  • Create a people-friendly environment for everyone, no matter their age or ability.

See an overview of the current and proposed zone changes on the slider below. For more detail and explanation, see:

Mawson Group Centre Master Plan

Mawson Group Centre Territory Plan Draft Variation


Map showing Woden Town Centre's current Territory Plan zoning Map showing Woden Town Centre's proposed Territory Plan zoning

Map of Mawson Centre showing current Territory Plan zoning Map of Mawson Centre showing proposed Territory Plan zoning

How to have your say

The ACT Government seeks your comments on Territory Plan draft variations 344 - Woden and 345 - Mawson. Before commenting, please read the master plans, the draft variation and the privacy policy.

You can complete a survey here.

You can send written comments:

emailed to: terrplan@act.gov.au

Territory Plan Section, GPO Box 158, Canberra, ACT 2601

hand delivered to: Access Canberra, Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate shopfront at 16 Challis Street, Dickson

Comments close: Friday 2 June 2017



What's next

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate will consider all comments when finalising the Territory Plan variations. Consultation reports will document the comments and how they have been addressed.

The variations will be recommended to the Minister for Planning and Land Development, who will have the option of referring them to the Planning and Urban Renewal Standing Committee of the Legislative Assembly for review. The final variations will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly.