Goals and Objectives Underpinning the Spatial Plan

The Spatial Plan provides for the future urban development of the Territory in a more sustainable manner. Core values that underpin the spatial planning of Canberra have emerged from consultation with the community and have been translated into a series of goals and objectives that the Spatial Plan is designed to achieve.

Goal Create and maintain a healthy community
  • Provide opportunities for a diverse range of housing for the full range of household types and lifestyle preferences.
  • Facilitate the equitable distribution of services and facilities, including education and health care, arts and recreational facilities.
  • Maximise safety and perceptions of safety within the community.
  • Facilitate an environment that provides shared access to public spaces and promotes healthy activities.
Goal Sustain employment opportunities
  • Facilitate a prosperous city.
  • Facilitate a vibrant, robust and culturally stimulating city centre.
  • Support viable town centres as a focus for each district.
  • Provide flexible opportunities and appropriate locations for establishing and growing business.


Goal Retain ease of movement and facilitate good travel connections
  • Establish a more sustainable and more responsive transport system.
  • Maintain and enhance the ease of getting around.
  • Maximise linkages and access to services and employment for the population of Canberra and surrounding NSW.
  • Minimise travel time and journey distance between urban residential areas and the main centres of employment and services for the ACT and surrounding NSW.
Goal Maintain a unique sense of place
  • Support Canberra’s role as the national capital.
  • Retain and strengthen the open space network, including the hills, ridges, natural watercourses and gullies.
  • Recognise the importance of cultural and natural heritage.
  • Facilitate a high quality built environment.
Goal Respect the natural environment
  • Create and establish a built form and city layout that minimises resource consumption, including water and energy use.
  • Protect and enhance biodiversity through nature reserves and maintaining connectivity between them.
  • Maintain water quality and availability.
  • Maintain air quality.
Goal Ensure fiscal responsibility
  • Facilitate the provision of physical, social and cultural infrastructure in a coordinated and cost effective manner.
  • Facilitate improved efficiency of existing urban infrastructure such as schools, health care, transport systems, water supply, wastewater management, stormwater management, electricity and telecommunications.