||Sustain employment opportunities
OBJECTIVE — Facilitate
a prosperous city
A range of opportunities are identified in The
Economic White Paper for economic and industry growth for Canberra. These
include building on our competitive advantages in research by fostering
clustering of key industries; recognising the high quality infrastructure
in place, and galvanising a supportive planning system to:
- realise the potential of Civic;
- develop in key nodes along
- create a sustainable transport system; and
and attract the best range of skilled people to the ACT.
- The key characteristics of the city that
contribute to economic growth will be enhanced. These characteristics
include its role as the national capital and the seat of Federal
Parliament, the ease of getting around the city, the safe and
clean environment, and the vibrancy of centres as places of
social, cultural and business exchange.
- The attractive lifestyle offered by the landscape setting
and urban form will be enhanced, as will the high quality
services and infrastructure currently provided including
utilities, transport, telecommunications, and public services
- A range of housing choices will ensure the preferences of
tertiary graduates are met and that the lifestyle qualities
that younger people enjoy are enhanced within the ACT.
- Activity nodes are identified to provide for and encourage
economic and employment growth that benefits both the ACT
and surrounding NSW.
- Restrictions on the size and types of development
in Civic and the town centres (including the requirement for
preliminary assessments for buildings over 7,000m2 and
the retail moratorium) will be lifted.
- Land will be released for
both residential and commercial development within Civic
and the town centres as a first priority and other activity
nodes where demand warrants.
- The feasibility of limited land
release for affordable housing projects targeted towards
young people in and close to the city centre and other significant
education and employment nodes will be investigated. If economic
benefits are identified, an implementation strategy will
be developed to achieve a range of affordable housing in locations
that support economic development.
- An investment strategy
will be developed to ensure that sufficient infrastructure,
including information, communication and technology (ICT)
infrastructure, is available to all businesses to support business
- Participate in the preparation of the Sydney-Canberra
Corridor Strategy to ensure future directions for employment
growth are reflected within planning for surrounding NSW.
investment in the public realm to add value to the overall
development of the city and enhance the unique built environment
qualities of Canberra.
Vibrant, active and prosperous city centre and town centres.
Visually attractive built form and city layout.
Employment growth in the ACT.
- Public and private capital expenditure on upgrading
the public realm per annum.
- Office and retail vacancy rates in employment
- Proportion of office development in Civic and
the town centres as proportion of total office employment.
- Growth in employment numbers.