Introducing district strategies

District strategies are a new level of strategic planning that we are introducing to the planning system. District strategies capture and protect the valued character and attributes of each of Canberra's nine districts.

The district strategies deliver the ACT Planning Strategy by providing more specific and targeted directions for each district. In short, they will guide the strategic management of growth and change on a district scale in the context of green and blue spaces, good travel connections, housing, employment growth and support our shopping centres.

During the consultation on the draft district strategies and draft Territory Plan, the community had the opportunity to ask questions to our planners. You can find these on the Ask a Question page.

You can also view the range of consultation activities we undertook with the community during February on the Engagement schedule page.

You can now take a high-level look at what we heard during consultation in the Listening Report. A more detailed look and the government's response is found in the consultation report.

What we looked at

The draft Inner South District Strategy captures the special character of the Inner South and reflects the community's views on future planning priorities. It will help us manage growth and change in the district while protecting the things the community values most.

Directions for the Inner South

Blue-green network

  • Strengthen the liveable blue-green network around Lake Burley Griffin, Captain Cook Crescent, Flinders Way and Telopea Park.
  • Develop appropriate green space buffers and other measures to limit the impact of future development at East Lake and Dairy Road on the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

Economic access and opportunity across the city

  • Retain, protect and support the capacity for industrial and urban services uses in the ACT’s premier enterprise precinct of Fyshwick and avoid conflicting uses.
  • Support expansion of west Deakin as an employment hub, building on existing health specialisation and proximity to future light rail.

Strategic movement to support city growth

  • Plan for and deliver light rail from the City Centre to Woden.
  • Investigate the opportunity for a multimodal hub around Canberra Railway Station.
  • Retain function and accessibility of important freight routes in and around Fyshwick and through the district.

Sustainable neighbourhoods

  • Deliver a mix of housing types, social housing and connectivity to transport including light rail in urban renewal precincts, while integrating and protecting the environment. Build on East Lake as a sustainable neighbourhoods exemplar.

Inclusive centres and communities

  • Deliver new community infrastructure to meet district demand for facilities.

Inner South District Strategy quick comment

3 March, 2023

BobTheBuilder says:

I’ve often felt that Dunrossil Drive would benefit from high rise high density blocks with 35m2 one bedroom units. Isn’t that the CBR way?

3 March, 2023

Rod Page says:

The Inner South District Map is just pathetic. I am a trained mapper, this map cannot communicate your intentions. What does it hide?

3 March, 2023

Derek says:

Can we have more parklands with well established trees and wildlife, and mushrooms we can pick and eat.

3 March, 2023

MyBeltIsMadeOfLentil says:

Weston Park is a white elephant. I propose a farmers market where agrarian socialists can sell lentils and other superfoods for city health

3 March, 2023

BetterCities says:

I think that the part of Yarralumla that borders Adelaide Ave needs to be completely redeveloped. High density housing, a stadium and pool.

3 March, 2023

Julian says:

The lack of meaningful citizen engagement is appalling, and strategically designed to rush it through as quietly as possible.

3 March, 2023

Julia says:

Plan will destroy Canberra's unique green corridors cause congestion and urban ugliness. Cities of the future need more green space not less

3 March, 2023

Maggie May says:

I endorse the submission of YRA. CSIRO site must give a high priority to social and affordable housing, preferably town/terrace house style

3 March, 2023

C May says:

Protect all green spaces that are left. Lock them in so no further changes can be done.

3 March, 2023

Concerned resident says:

Strategy lacks transparency and there is insufficient community consultation. Many residents are unaware of extreme rezoning changes

2 March, 2023

Gigi says:

The Strategy will destroy the heritage, biodiversity, liveability and character of the inner south, particularly Yarralumla and Deakin.

2 March, 2023

Gigi says:

Densification plan is environmentally unsound, will destroy green spaces & tree cover in Yarralumla & Deakin, leading to rising temperatures