Submission on THE NATIONAL CAPITAL PLAN EXPOSURE DRAFT May 2015
Canberra Business Chamber commends the continuing commitment of the Australian Government to the planning, development and promotion of Canberra as the National Capital.
Canberra Business Chamber strongly supports the role of the National Capital Authority (NCA) as custodian of the National Capital Plan (the Plan). As a statutory document that is ‘owned’ by the Parliament of Australia, the Plan has proved to be a good statutory tool for defining the Commonwealth’s strategic interest in the Capital and expectations for high quality design outcomes commensurate with the national status of Canberra.
The local interest is equally well defined in the Territory Plan administered by the ACT Government. Canberra Business Chamber has advocated that the relationship between the two plans has required review and modernisation to take account of the maturing of the ACT Government in the management of planning and development on Territory Land.
Canberra Business Chamber welcomes the National Capital Plan Exposure Draft May 2015 (the Exposure Draft) and considers that it goes some way towards making necessary and practical change. The Exposure Draft is supported in principle.
The following comments on the Exposure Draft are made in the spirit of constructive critique.