Manuka Circle Precinct Draft Development Control Plan open for consultation


Due to the high level of interest in this Nationally Significant precinct, the public consultation period for the Manuka Circle Precinct Draft Development Control Plan (DCP) is extended until  30 April 2017.

The National Capital Authority (NCA) has released for public consultation the Draft Development Control Plan for the Manuka Circle Precinct in Griffith and Forrest.

The Chief Planner for the NCA, Andrew Smith, said the area covered by the draft plan includes Manuka Oval, St Christopher’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Church and parts of the Manuka group centre that fronts Canberra Avenue.

“The public consultation period for the Draft DCP is the community’s opportunity to consider and discuss what this area should look like into the future,” Mr Smith said.

“Canberra Avenue is one of the Griffin plan’s Main Avenues and as one of the main approaches to Parliament House and the Parliamentary Zone, it is important that new buildings and landscapes are designed in accordance with their significant location.”

“There are currently three separate DCPs within the precinct, all of which would be superseded by this new over-arching Development Control Plan.”

“By having one DCP that encompasses the whole precinct, the NCA will be able to ensure an integrated and cohesive planning framework is there to guide future development proposals and achieve high quality urban design outcomes.”

“The NCA has proposed a change to the height restrictions at the intersection of the Canberra Avenue Corridor to express the Manuka Circle node of Canberra Avenue.”

“The NCA welcomes community feedback on the Draft DCP by the close of business, on Friday 21 April 2017,” Mr Smith said.

Further information


A public information session will be held on Wednesday 15 March 2017 between 12 pm and 1.30 pm at the NCA offices. Those interested in attending will need to register by calling (02) 6271 2888 or emailing, as spaces are limited.

The details of the Draft DCP can be viewed here.

Submissions can be made via email to, or sent to the National Capital Authority, GPO Box 373, Canberra ACT 2601.

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