MICK Gentleman has announced a Ministerial Statement of Planning Intent “as Canberra transitions into a significant major city,” he says.
“In preparing my Statement of Planning Intent I would like to better understand the needs and ideas of the wider community and stakeholder groups and the priorities for action,” Mick said.
“The statement will build on our wonderful planning legacy, which began with Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, and is now guided by major ACT Government policy documents – the 2012 ACT Planning Strategy, Transport for Canberra, and the climate change strategy and action plan – AP2.
“Planning is fundamentally about people and communities, so it is appropriate that the community has their say in planning for the future of Canberra.
“The statement of planning intent will be a proactive planning document, discussing the issues the community want to discuss city wide.
“We know from previous community engagement that Canberrans support a more compact city, particularly as we want to protect a substantial part of our limited land resources for biodiversity and recreation.
“We also know the community wants housing choice and affordability addressed, the quality of urban design improved, sustainability in new developments showcased, traffic congestion controlled and better public transport and pathways that encourage people to walk and cycle as viable, healthy transport options.
Minister Gentleman invites the wider community to contribute ideas through the ACT Government’s Time to Talk website (www.timetotalk.act.gov.au) and other engagement opportunities.
“Planning issues are close to the hearts of many Canberrans and this is their opportunity to tell me what is most important to them and how they would like to see city planning progress in the coming years,” Minister Gentleman said.
UPDATE: A “conversation started paper” (presumably not to be confused with a discussion paper) is available online.