Three key employment corridors are identified as part of The
Canberra Spatial Plan. The corridors are major transport corridors, providing
key inter-town and regional connections via public and private transport.
Civic and the town centres will be the primary focus for future employment
growth within these corridors. Activity nodes within the corridors will
also accommodate employment growth, but to a lesser extent than Civic
and the town centres. Growth and retention of employment in Civic and
town centres which are well served by public transport is highly desirable
as it reduces overall travel, encourages multi-purpose trips and contributes
to the vibrancy and support of businesses in centres. These centres are
also suitable for further residential development creating the potential
for a close relationship between dwellings and jobs, and thereby reducing
the necessity for long journey to work trips.
While the Gungahlin to Tuggeranong corridor and the Belconnen to Queanbeyan
corridor focus on the establishment of centres along these transport
routes, the second north-south corridor along the Majura and Monaro Highways
is envisaged to play a slightly different role, with different land use
characteristics. Much of this area is affected by aircraft noise, making
it unsuitable for residential development. This, combined with its access
to good transport connections makes it highly desirable for land-extensive
uses. These uses are the type that may require good access for heavy
vehicles and would not be appropriate in more central locations in and
around Civic and the town centres because of the necessarily less efficient
use of land involved.