Residential intensification

The encouragement of residential intensification within a 7.5 kilometre radius of the city centre over the next 15 years is one of the key principles of The Canberra Spatial Plan. This will ensure that up to 50 per cent of the predicted future urban growth will be located close to existing major employment areas and existing services and facilities including schools. It will also continue to contain the city within its setting of rolling hills and green spaces, ensuring retention of the agricultural areas which contribute to the economy and help create the rural setting for the city and minimise impact on urban spread areas of high conservation value.

Increased residential intensification will respond to the predicted demand for greater housing choice (as more single and two person households form and fewer households desire to live in standard low density detached dwellings). Higher density residential developments will be targeted to specific areas. Rather than being dispersed throughout the suburbs, intensification will occur at major employment centres (Civic, the town centres and Barton), along the major Griffin legacy boulevards of Northbourne Avenue and Constitution Avenue and in major urban renewal sites (such as Kingston and west Fyshwick). Further development in these locations will retain the ease of movement within the city by encouraging people to use alternative forms of transport to their place of employment (which will be within walking distance). Greater diversity of land uses, including residential development, in areas such as Central Canberra, including Barton and Russell will also facilitate shorter journeys to work and enhance connectivity between residential areas and employment nodes. Existing low density residential areas will generally not be subject to residential intensification. The subsequent savings in provision of major new infrastructure (roads, sewerage etc) will ensure a more sustainable use of resources.