The expected move tomorrow by Australian Greens Senator Bob Brown to disallow proposed amendments to the National Capital Plan could have serious implications for appropriate and sustainable development of the National Capital, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) said today.
The National Capital Authority’s (NCA) Griffin Legacy Plan amendments are currently before the Senate, which tomorrow will determine whether or not the amendments are disallowed or approved to guide Canberra’s future development. Senator Brown has given notice of his intent to disallow the amendments.
Endorsing the NCA’s work and its interpretation of Griffin’s original plan for Canberra, RAIA National President Carey Lyon signalled that disallowing the amendments would return the city to former and outmoded planning provisions.
“The Griffin Legacy Plan amendments introduce opportunities to develop a spirited inner city, putting the National Capital on a vibrant and enlightened path to such a future,” said Mr Lyon.
“The NCA’s proposed amendments capture a high standard of urban design principles to propel Canberra’s inspired future development. The resulting planning framework is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, with specific development policies to achieve environmentally sustainable urbanism and the balanced development that Canberra needs.”
Supported by the ACT Government and the Australian Government Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads Jim Lloyd, the amendments follow thorough research into the Griffin Legacy and a significant consultation process between community members, industry and other key stakeholders.
With its expertise on architectural, design and built environment matters, the RAIA has engaged with the NCA on the proposed amendments, and anticipates ongoing consultation to examine a range of more detailed design issues subsequent to the amendments’ approval.
“These amendments embrace opportunities for Canberra to fulfil its purpose and function as a National Capital city, as well as enhance the liveability for its residents and the visitors attracted to an active and interesting environment,” Mr Lyon said.
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