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.

Molonglo Valley Engagement Schedule in February 2023

Pop ups

  • Wednesday 15th 10.00 - 2.00pm - Cooleman Court
  • Thursday 16th 10.00 - 2.00pm - Cooleman Court

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 Molonglo Valley District Strategy captures the special character of Molonglo Valley 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 Molonglo Valley

Blue-green network

  • Retain and protect significant environmental and heritage values of the Namarag – Molonglo River Reserve and other sensitive areas alongside new development.
  • Expand active travel connections as new suburbs are established with improved links to surrounding districts and the City Centre, centres and recreational spaces including the river corridor, Stromlo Forest Park, and the National Arboretum.

Economic access and opportunity across the city

  • Consider transitioning Molonglo group centre to a town centre in future with an accommodation, hospitality and food focus to support recreation and tourism activities in the district.

    Strategic movement to support city growth

    • Enhance public transport priority connections to Inner North and City District and to Weston Creek, Woden, and Belconnen districts in future.

    Sustainable neighbourhoods

    • Situate new housing within the distinctive landscape, including respecting the natural terrain, managing bushfire risks and the way water moves across and through the land.
    • Achieve best practice sustainability and urban design outcomes for all new residential development, including walkability to shops and services.

    Inclusive centres and communities

    • Develop future local centres as active mixed-use hubs (according to best practice design and place frameworks).
    • Build on the existing allocation of land for new community and recreational facilities and identify additional land as needed to support expected growth across the district.

    Change Areas

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

    For Molonglo Valley, these include:

    • future suburbs

    To see all the changes, visit the Draft Molonglo Valley District Strategy, or the Molonglo Valley 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.

    Molonglo Valley District Map

    Use the map below to check out the proposed, possible and potential key development sites and change areas for East Canberra. 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.

    Molonglo Valley District Strategy quick comment

    Use the form below to provide feedback and comments on the draft Molonglo Valley 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 November, 2022

    Simone says:

    Ideal, central spot for a new climbing gym (>15m height) to benefit the whole city. A good fit for Stromlo tourism/recreation directions.

    17 November, 2022

    Stephen says:

    Concern for the health, welfare and longevity of our native flora and fauna. Have not seen any Wedgetail Eagles since @2019/20.

    15 November, 2022

    Rom says:

    Be careful with the upcoming mass-produced medium-dense projects, they are wiping out the unique image of Canberra. Consult with UC experts

    10 November, 2022

    Brent says:

    Please create another exit/entry point for the molongolo valley. The southern end gets ridiculously jammed during peak hour.

    9 November, 2022 says:

    It appears that Block 12 has had proposed decisions made which will impact Block 403. would like to know what those plans entail please?

    5 November, 2022

    Alison says:

    It'd be very disappointing for the community to lose the forest between the arboretum and Coombs. It's used by many people for recreation!

    3 November, 2022

    Sarah says:

    Does the development plan have provision for community gardens.? There’s not much personal garden space in the new developments.