GOAL Retain ease of movement and facilitate good travel connections
Regional Linkages And Access

OBJECTIVE — Maximise linkages and access to services and employment for the population of Canberra and surrounding NSW

OBJECTIVE — Minimise travel time and journey distance between urban residential areas and the main centres of employment and services for the ACT and surrounding NSW

Planning for the sustainable future of the ACT and surrounding NSW is best achieved with the cooperation and collaboration of all levels of government with an interest in Canberra and its surrounds. The Canberra Spatial Plan provides a very important context, and an ACT framework, for revised regional approaches to planning and development.

The Spatial Plan accommodates a greater proportion of future growth close to the core of the metropolitan area to decrease resource consumption and environmental impact and help achieve a more sustainable transport system and efficient use of infrastructure. The release of more land for urban development in the ACT will influence the spatial development pattern of surrounding NSW.

Policy response
  • The Spatial Plan locates future urban development for the ACT in the areas that result in the best social, environmental and economic outcomes.
  • Planning decisions should, wherever practicable, be made in the interests of the sustainability of the broader region. While recognising the existence of administrative boundaries, decisions should strive to achieve planning outcomes that benefit both the ACT and surrounding NSW.
  • Queanbeyan is recognised as part of the urban structure for Canberra, providing important facilities and services as well as accommodating a significant proportion of the urban population. Planning for the urban growth of Canberra therefore needs to be well integrated with planning for Queanbeyan.
  • Support the development of Canberra International Airport as an economic generator for Canberra and the region.
  • Seek to maintain and enhance rail services between Canberra and Sydney including supporting further investigation and investment into the high speed train connection.
  • The ACT Government will work closely with the NSW Government on the issues of regional management and development. To assist in the implementation of the Spatial Plan a Regional Management Framework will be developed between the governments to ensure cooperative management of critical issues, such as water supply, urban development programs (including location, sequencing and timing of urban development) and related urban infrastructure such as roads. The framework will take account of the new local government boundaries within NSW. The ACT Government will also participate in the development of the Sydney-Canberra Corridor Strategy.
  • Appropriate development sites will be provided for a range of land uses that meet projected demand within the ACT and surrounding NSW. The ACT Government will work with the National Capital Authority, NSW State and Local Governments to ensure the development of an urban form that meets the needs of the communities of the ACT and NSW.
  • Continued development of the Civic-Queanbeyan corridor will necessitate improved road and public transport capacity to these areas and restrictions on public transport services across the border will be removed.
  • Enhanced regional linkages — physical, economic and social.
  • Accommodate up to 90 per cent of future development of the ACT sub-region within the ACT to maximise linkages to services and employment.
Monitoring indicators
  • Amount spent on transport infrastructure to create regional linkages per capita ACT and NSW sub-region.
  • Amount of vacant industrial/commercial land available per capita.
  • Growth in employment by location.
  • Average travel distance for journey to work per capita ACT and sub-region.