Introducing district strategies

District strategies are a new level of strategic planning that we are introducing to the planning system. District strategies will 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.

Inner South Engagement Schedule in February 2023

Pop ups

  • Monday 13th 10.00am - 2.00pm - Manuka Terrace (near Coles)
  • Tuesday 14th 10.00am - 2.00pm - Narrabundah Shops

South Side Listening Space

Day one

  • Friday 24th 10.00am - 5.00pm - Abode Woden Hotel (Stromlo Room)

Day two

  • Saturday 25th 11.00am - 4.00pm - Abode Woden Hotel (Stromlo Room)

We are looking at

The 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.

    Change Areas

    Each district strategy includes proposed, possible and potential key development sites and change areas, which are included on the map below and in the draft strategy.

    For the Inner South, these include:

    • National Circuit, Forrest
    • Deakin Local Centre
    • West Deakin
    • East Lake – note, planning for East Lake is already underway and further community consultation will happen in coming months.

    To see all the changes, visit the Draft Inner South District Strategy, or the Inner South District Summary & Map.

    Areas of change

    We would particularly like your comments on the ‘areas of change’ that are shown in the district strategy maps, especially the possible and potential change areas.

    Sites where some detailed planning has occurred and there is an indication of the future proposed change; Territory Plan Variations have progressed; decisions have been made about the future of the site; sites are included in the Indicative Land Release Program; and/or have development proposals progressed on them.

    Sites where there are opportunities for change but further work and detailed planning is needed and/or underway. These sites may have been flagged for possible change, government or private sector may have identified for future change, development and redevelopment but further work is needed to progress that to test and set directions for possible development and change.

    Areas that are considered to have potential in the longer term and may require detailed planning, investigations and potentially certain interventions to stimulate the opportunity.

    Inner South District Map

    Use the map below to check out the proposed, possible and potential key development sites and change areas for Inner South. You can have your say on these areas using the quick comment form below, or on the Provide Feedback page. The map below is also shown in detail in the district summary in the document library.

    Inner South District Strategy quick comment

    Use the form below to provide feedback and comments on the draft Inner South District Strategy. Your comments will be displayed in the Comment Board below for other community members to see and discuss. (max 140 characters).

    You have 140 characters left
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    25 January, 2023

    J says:

    Allow more dual occupancy dwellings on residential blocks on Captain Cook Cres, Narrabundah, blocks are between 600 - 750sqm. RZ2-3 pls

    28 December, 2022

    Ewan Maidment says:

    Dictatorial exclusion of Oaks Estate from the ISDS further marginalises and alienates our small community. East Canberra disenfranchises us.

    17 December, 2022

    FG says:

    Expand R2 over 800sqm for inner south, increase coverage ratios to support dual occupancy, maintain street character with single story

    7 December, 2022

    Alan says:

    Improve connections between Canberra East and Queanbeyan. Existing rail corridor to allow other transport uses..tram, bike, walkway?

    5 December, 2022

    Todd says:

    With higher density living, there will be an increased parking requirement for tradespeople and delivery vehicles. They need legal options.

    22 November, 2022

    Margaret says:

    Can you be more transparent with your choice of words and actually tell us what you’re planning. Sustainable neighbourhoods? Revitalisation?

    14 November, 2022

    Peter says:

    Keep up essential maintenance and repair to paths and streets in the area.

    14 November, 2022

    Peter says:

    Provide good sidewalk seating to promote walking to the shops. And ones that stay there after the shops shut for the day (ie government)

    14 November, 2022

    Peter says:

    Its wrong to assume the retail is only coffee and restaurants. Not everyone wants to shop online or in mega complex. Small retail works

    10 November, 2022

    Margot says:

    Inner south suburb residential areas now suffer transport development and industrial growth encroachment. Need safer pedestrian access.

    8 November, 2022

    Phoebe says:

    We need much more 'missing' middle density housing. 63% detached housing is too low. Flip it to 60% middle, 20% house 20% unit

    2 November, 2022

    ActiveTransportSafet says:

    Can't have walkability without safety - women cannot actively commute when dark because streets aren't built to be safe. Must include safety