Focus on precinct planning will deliver
for our growing city
The introduction in the ACT Legislative Assembly of the City Renewal Authority and Suburban
Land Agency Bill 2017 has been welcomed by the Property Council of Australia and will deliver
truly coordinated and outcomes based planning that is needed to transform our city, ACT
Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia said this morning.
“By setting the framework for dedicated and focused efforts within specific precincts,
particularly along Northbourne Avenue and for our city centre to the Lake, the Bill will provide
critical connections along major transport routes to our suburban areas – and will form the
backbone of a more connected, sustainable and liveable city,” Ms Cirson said.
“The Property Council believes that these new entities will deliver high level strategic
planning, design and commercial expertise for the designated precincts. They will enable
genuine partnerships between the government, property and business sectors and the
broader community - which is how the most liveable cities in the world have built and
renewed,” Ms Cirson said.
Coordinated, well thought out planning for our future city provides opportunities for more
affordable housing, excellence in design of retail and office space and high quality public
spaces that are connected, ensuring people are at the centre of decision making.
“As a community, we need to embrace the transformation of our city, and the growing and
changing population – rather than see these changes as negative. The increasing population,
coupled with the need to renew our urban areas, provides a rare opportunity to better
connect people to where they live, work, study and recreate, and deliver a diverse range of
housing types in the heart of our city,” Ms Cirson said.
“It also means that as we move around our city our interactions with our built environment
also contribute to our quality of life – and have the potential to set us apart from other capital
cities like Sydney and Melbourne.
“By planning for development within the context of our broader aspirations for our cityrather
than assessing the merits of projects on a case by case basis – we will start to see
investments made where and when they are needed which benefits everyone.
“This is the way smart infrastructure planning is realised– and will provide clearly defined,
deliberative policies which provide the certainty, energy and the focus needed for the city we
are yet to become,” Ms Cirson concluded.
Media contact: Adina Cirson | E firstname.lastname@example.org