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Case Study - City and Gateway Project

The Australian Government through the NCA, and the ACT Government, share planning responsibility in the ACT. The mutual interest and responsibility in the city and gateway corridor, including the Federal Highway, Northbourne Avenue, and the city centre, prompted the need for a revised planning and design framework to guide future design and development.


The Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue corridor forms a key approach to Canberra’s city centre. The NCA’s interest lies in ensuring that the corridor reflects the significance of Canberra as the National Capital and the high development and landscaping standards are observed along
the length of the corridor.


The City and Gateway Urban Design Framework, finalised in December 2018, was the culmination of a two year long collaborative project between the NCA and ACT Government. The City and Gateway Framework reflects the interests and expectations of both governments in a single urban design document. The Framework sets out the overarching principles for urban renewal and growth in the city centre and along the corridor to achieve well-designed and sustainable buildings, urban infrastructure, public places and streets that is appropriate for the gateway to the National Capital.


On 4 April 2019, National Capital Plan Amendment 91 – City and Gateway Urban Design Provisions came into effect. Amendment 91 established detailed planning and design criteria for development on land flanking the Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue, which reflect and give legal effect to key principles of the City and Gateway Urban Design Framework.