From 1 October, developments that are five or more storeys high will be required to consult with the new National Capital Design Review Panel (NCDRP) before submitting a development application (DA).
The panel has been announced as a permanent version of the interim design review panel which has been operating in the ACT since September 2017, with a revised scope.
In a statement, ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman said the panel provides the opportunity for peer review of development designs, and will help “ensure a high quality of development” in town centres and along main transport corridors.
“A joint initiative between the ACT Government and National Capital Authority, the NCDRP is an independent and expert panel that provides design advice to government, developers and designers for large-scale developments such as buildings, public spaces and public infrastructure projects,” he said.
“The panel’s advice is provided to builders and developers early in the proposal process and is carefully considered by the planning and land authority when it assesses development applications. This encourages a greater level of exploration and testing of design ideas and concepts for major projects.”
Minister Gentleman said the Government is working with industry to transition DAs through the new design panel, and would be holding information sessions throughout September. Expressions of interest will be open for design professionals wishing to join the permanent panel.