Development in one state will be directed primarily towards the town centres to ensure proximity to amenities, workplaces and transport corridors, according to a recent government announcement.
Minister for the environment and sustainable development, Simon Corbell, said that developments in the ACT will be more focused in these growth areas, under a new ACT Planning Strategy that outlines future directions for the next 20 years.
"Canberra is a growing city, and this important document provides a vision for how Canberra can grow in a sustainable way and how people can settle closer to centres which provide employment, commercial and social opportunities," Mr Corbell said.
This will be the case for both residential and commercial development to ensure ease of movement and transport, such as along the Northbourne Avenue and Adelaide Avenue corridors.
"The Government is currently investigating the feasibility of a rapid transit project between Gungahlin and the City and the ACT Planning Strategy is closely linked to this work to ensure future development plans take into account proximity to public transport,” he said.
Other important proposals include more variety in housing stock and more open space, with a rojected need for 45,000 more dwellings by 2030.
"During the detailed consultation on the draft ACT Planning Strategy, it was clear that Canberrans wanted to have the choice to remain in their current area of Canberra, despite choosing to down-size, so that they can remain close to their place of work and family networks like schools and community groups,” he said.
Urban ‘intensification’ areas are outlined within the plan.