||Respect the natural environment
OBJECTIVE — Create
and establish a built form and city layout that minimises resource
consumption, including water and energy use
Water resource management
is a key issue for the ACT, with Think water,
act water: a draft strategy for sustainable water resources management (2003) providing
a framework for managing, using and conserving the water resources
of the region. The Spatial Plan encourages a built form that minimises
the consumption of water to assist in improving water resource
- Total growth in the ACT and surrounding NSW
will be limited by the capacity to provide potable water.
ways to ensure an environmentally sustainable secure water
supply to provide for the population growth associated with
achieving sustainable economic wellbeing for Canberra will
be adopted. A new source of potable water supply will be
provided for the ACT when required and after consideration
- The location, amount and rate of land released
will be linked to availability of a sustainable new source
of water supply.
- Within greenfields development and urban
renewal sites, appropriate water sensitive urban design principles
will be adopted to ensure stormwater use, greywater reuse
and effluent treatment and reuse.
- Future greenfields development
will incorporate water sensitive urban design principles.
residential settlement strategy of the Spatial Plan reflects
the broad direction for future water supply by containing
urban growth and encouraging residential intensification.
development will continue to occur only in locations that
do not compromise the security of future water supply.
and effluent reuse will be increased for existing and new
- Planning for an adequate new water supply
will be undertaken with ACTEW in the context of an agreed regional
water supply strategy.
- To assist in the implementation of the
Spatial Plan a Regional Management Framework will be developed
to ensure cooperative management of critical issues. The ACT
Government will also participate in the development of the
Sydney-Canberra Corridor Strategy.
- Amendments will be made to
the sustainable development design guidelines to ensure new
developments and redevelopments meet appropriate water sensitive
urban design standards, including for:
- the reduced consumption of potable water; and
- the use of alternative water sources, including rainwater,
greywater and treated effluent.
- Education and partnership programs
will encourage the incorporation of water sensitive urban design principles
into existing developments.
- Strategies will be developed to
encourage retrofitting of existing dwellings, buildings and
landscapes to encourage more effective water use.
requiring water efficiency measures will be considered.
it is economically sensible and suitable the use of water
reclaimed from the sewerage system will be incorporated into
developments as an alternative to potable water for non-potable
- The annual per capita potable water usage.
- The annual total water usage in relation to
- Potable water used in public and private open
space areas and gardens.
- Amount of effluent and stormwater reuse.