Territory Plan

The Territory Plan is the key statutory planning document in the ACT, providing the policy framework for the administration of planning in the ACT. The purpose of the Territory Plan is to manage land use change and development in a manner consistent with strategic directions set by the ACT Government, Legislative Assembly and the community. It must not be inconsistent with the National Capital Plan. The Territory Plan includes broad principles and policies that guide development, through land use specific objectives and policies. These principles and policies reflect the following goals:

  • sustainable development;
  • the achievement of an efficient, healthy and liveable city;
  • economic vitality;
  • community wellbeing;
  • environmental leadership; and
  • high quality design.

The National Capital Plan and the Territory Plan are established under the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988.