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Purpose 3 – Plan

Strategic planning and oversight of the places and spaces of national importance in Canberra, with a focus on place-making and environmental sustainability

Performance

Criteria

Criteria Elements

Results

3.1 Continue to develop and implement an effective planning framework for Canberra

The development and implementation of the planning framework results in successful planning outcomes

Achieved – Implementation of the National Capital Plan and associated guidelines has continued to result in high quality planning and design outcomes within Designated Areas.

A key result was the approval of the City and Gateway Urban Design Framework the in December 2018. This followed a two year joint project undertaken by the NCA and the ACT Government. The framework provides a planning and design framework to guide urban development in the city centre and along the Northbourne Avenue and Federal Highway corridor for the next 25-30 years.

Detailed policy and guidelines within the Plan have been reviewed and amendments prepared and implemented to incorporate necessary changes in the Plan

Achieved – Relevant parts of the National Capital Plan have been reviewed and necessary amendments undertaken to reflect contemporary planning themes and desired outcomes. Individual amendments to the Plan are detailed below.

Review of the National Capital Plan is a continuous function of the NCA.

3.2 Keeping the National Capital Plan and its subordinate instruments under constant review

and, when required, proposing, preparing and consulting on amendments to the Plan

All required Plan Amendments, Development Control Plans, master plans and/or urban design guidelines have been prepared and issued for public consultation.

Achieved – Development Control Plan 18/01 for Block 14 Section 42 Campbell came into effect on 15 August 2018.

Amendment 90 – Block 5 Section 65 Deakin (Mint Administration Building) was approved on 24 August 2018 and tabled on 10 September 2018. The disallowance period concluded on 25 October 2018 in the House of Representatives and 15 November 2018 in the Senate.

Amendment 91 – City and Gateway Urban Design Provisions was approved on 4 April 2019. Tabling and the conclusion of the disallowance period were completed in the 2019/20 financial year. The amendment was tabled on 2 July 2019. The disallowance period concluded on 16 September 2019 in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

3.3 Assess and manage applications to undertake works in Designated Areas in accordance with the National Capital Plan

All approved applications are consistent with the principles and policies of the National Capital Plan

Achieved – 426 applications were assessed as being in accordance with the National Capital Plan and approved. There were 34 applications withdrawn or not supported.

Stakeholders and the community are consulted in accordance with the NCA’s Commitment to Community Engagement

Achieved – Community consultation was undertaken on 15 applications in accordance with the NCA’s Commitment to Community Engagement and as required under the National Capital Plan.

75%-85% of Works Approvals applications processed are assessed against the National Capital Plan within 15 working days

Achieved – 325 (76%) applications were assessed within 15 business days.

The two highest fees for applications approved 2018-19 (totalling $237,744) were:

  • ANU School of Physics and Engineering ($188,900)
  • commercial building in Barton ($48,844)

Where possible, all applications against the National Capital Plan are processed and managed using the NCA’s Works Approval eLodgement system

Achieved – 100% of applications were lodged electronically via the NCA’s Works Approval e-Lodgement system (WAeL).

3.4 Provide, with Ministerial approval, relevant consultancy services either within Australia or overseas

Clientele receiving consultancy services from the NCA are satisfied with those services, within reasonable expectations.

Not applicable – no relevant services were provided in 2018-19.

Analysis of Performance Against Purpose

The National Capital Plan (the Plan) is the overarching legal instrument giving effect to the Commonwealth’s interests and intentions for the planning, design and development of Canberra as the National Capital. The NCA has continued to review the Plan to ensure that it reflects contemporary planning practice and themes. This work is reflected through the preparation of planning policy for the Northbourne Avenue and Federal Highway corridor, and individual sites in Parkes, Deakin and Reid.

The NCA shares planning responsibility for Canberra and the Territory with the ACT Government. The NCA worked collaboratively with the ACT Government in regard to the City and Gateway Urban Design Framework. The framework was endorsed by the NCA and ACT Government in December 2018, and sets 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 are appropriate for the gateway to the National Capital. The shared interests of the NCA and the ACT Government for the city and gateway corridor are reflected in a single framework. Key principles of the framework were subsequently incorporated into the legal planning framework through Amendment 91 to the National Capital plan.

The NCA’s commitment to design excellence is evident in both planning policy prepared to guide development in areas of national significance, and the establishment of an interim Design Review Panel (DRP) in conjunction with the ACT Government’s planning authority. The NCA and ACT Government planning authority has now formally established the DRP with the aim of improving the quality of buildings, landscapes and public spaces across the National Capital.