Permanent panel for better planning

Released 03/09/2019

A permanent design review panel will help improve the planning and design outcomes for significant developments in the ACT starting 1 October 2019.

An interim design review panel has been operating since September 2017 and provided advice on 26 major projects in the ACT, including the Manuka Oval Media Centre.

The new panel will commence on 1 October with a revised scope. Developments five or more storeys high will be required to consult with the new panel prior to submitting a development application.

This will help ensure the ACT continues to have a rigorous and independent planning system that puts the needs of Canberrans front and centre.

As our city continues to grow, we are encouraging development in town centres and along main transport corridors to protect our garden suburbs from higher density housing. The permanent panel will help ensure a high quality of development in these areas of Canberra.

The panel provides the opportunity for peer review of development designs to help achieve the best possible outcomes for our buildings and public places.

A joint initiative between the ACT Government and National Capital Authority, the National Capital Design Review Panel is an independent and expert panel that provides design advice to government, developers and designers for large-scale developments such as buildings, public spaces and public infrastructure projects.

The panel’s advice is provided to builders and developers early in the proposal process and is carefully considered by the planning and land authority when it assesses development applications. This encourages a greater level of exploration and testing of design ideas and concepts for major projects.

The ACT Government is working with industry to transition development proposals through the new design review panel process and industry sessions being will be held across September.

An expression of interest process will commence shortly seeking design professionals to join the permanent panel.

More information on the National Capital Design Review Panel, including how to apply and steps to access design review, can be found on the EPSDD website.

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