Design Guidelines

The National Capital Authority (NCA) undertakes development of Urban Design Guidelines and other related materials to influence the quality of development in the National Capital as required by the National Capital Plan (the Plan). The Urban Design Guidelines provide guidance to land managers and site developers on the application of the Plan at a detailed site or precinct scale.

West Basin Design Guidelines

West Basin is a nationally significant precinct identified for future urban renewal. The precinct is centrally located, close to national attractions with great potential for rejuvenation as a high quality, urban, lakeside precinct.

The precinct is within Designated Areas defined in the National Capital Plan. Development proposals for this site will be subject to National Capital Authority (NCA) works approval. Given the site's scale and positional importance and recent development plans under the City to the Lake proposal, it was considered appropriate that the NCA provide guidance on the preferred character of the area.

Click here to view the design guidelines for the West Basin Precinct

Creating Places for People

The National Capital Authority has adopted the principles of Creating Places for People—an urban design protocol for Australian cities, which forms the Australian Government’s approved policy for urban design. The document and more information can be accessed from the protocol's website, at the link below.

Click here to access the Creating Places for People (link to external website):  http://www.urbandesign.gov.au

Constitution Avenue Public Realm Handbook

The National Capital Authority (NCA) has produced the Constitution Avenue Public Realm Handbook to support changes being made to Constitution Avenue by multiple parties, over a period of time. It provides a level of direction on design integration and quality that will ultimately improve the experience of the street. This document is to be used by the NCA and others to guide the design of works within the roadway and adjacent development. The document has been produced in consultation with a range of key stakeholders and user groups.

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