Tuggeranong’s next-generation suburb

Tuggeranong has needed new development for a long time.

Urban renewal is a core priority of the ACT Government. It is vital to growing Canberra's economy and strengthening our community.

Urban renewal is the coordinated redevelopment of urban areas to make Canberra more prosperous, compact, liveable and sustainable. It promotes increased population density and makes for a more connected city with better places and spaces.

Bringing urban renewal to Tuggeranong will provide new housing options in the area in response to growing demand for choice for people who want to live in there but can't find something suitable. Successful urban renewal contributes to sustainability. It makes better use of energy, water and transport infrastructure and creates places and spaces that mitigate and adapt to climate change.

What's happening now?

Early investigations are underway to determine the urban development potential of the area between Tuggeranong Town Centre (TTC) and the Murrumbidgee River Corridor (MRC).

The LDA is currently looking at the area to identify broad development opportunities and constraints including topography, servicing, cultural and environmental values.

Tuggeranong Lakeside

Where is the potential suburb located in Tuggeranong?

A new urban area, adjacent to the town centre, will provide opportunities to revitalise the commercial area and increase the residential accommodation supply in Tuggeranong. It will also generate new business and investment confidence in the district at a time when the main focus of development has been in northern Canberra and Molonglo.

Population levels in Tuggeranong have peaked and are now in gradual decline, reflecting the ageing of population and the lack of new areas for urban expansion.

At the same time there is a growing shortage of land in the ACT for future urban development, especially given the time-line to create development ready sites. There is also a need to provide a range of new housing opportunities across Canberra, catering for different market needs.

Unlike other town centres in Canberra, Tuggeranong town centre is located on the edge of the urban area, with no population catchment on its western side. Anecdotally the commercial viability of the town centre is also suffering.

The land is in a prime location, next to shops, employment and services, so residents living here would be no more than one and a half kilometres from the town centre. This would be a great place to live with a choice of housing, unique recreational opportunities and better community facilities all close to the city's main transit routes.

New residential development associated with land releases in the SouthQuay development will add population to the town centre but there is seen to be a need for more density in the immediate catchment area to help business viability.

What would the suburb look like?

There is potential for about 3500 dwellings, depending on their type and on community feedback. There could be higher-density dwellings close to the town centre and lower density along the river frontage.

This 190 ha area is some of the best land in Canberra, along the green swathes of the river corridor with views to the Brindabellas. People who make their homes here would be only minutes from central facilities, services and public transport and we really want to hear from the community about how to progress this idea for a new suburb.

Tuggeranong Library - Image by Tuggerafan Tuggeranong Foreshore - Image by Tuggerafan

What is involved in planning for the new suburb?

A preliminary study has confirmed that there are no major obstacles to future urban development. However, more detailed investigations will be needed to determine how the land can be used. These include detailed planning and engineering feasibility studies, and discussions between relevant government agencies as well as with the National Capital Authority.

A detailed plan would include a local road network along green corridors, reflecting the local topography and maintaining views to the Brindabellas. Pedestrian and bicycle connectivity between the new residential area, the town centre and river would be important, along with a strong emphasis on water-safe urban design principles to ensure no adverse impact on water quality in the river corridor.

How will transport, schools and other services be incorporated in planning the new suburb?

Detailed planning studies will factor in population growth, and discussions between government agencies will enable thorough planning for schools and transport services.

Tuggeranong cafes

Who is responsible in ACT Government for this project?

The proponent of this pre-consultation project is the Land Development Agency. The LDA is seeking early feedback on this proposal for the future of Tuggeranong.

If this development were to proceed, the Environment and Planning Directorate has a statutory role in assessment.

At this stage the ACT Government is seeking community views on whether this development should proceed. If so, more detailed analysis, including environmental considerations, will inform the final proposal. The natural and heritage assets are what makes this potential new suburb unique.

The ACT Government is determined that if this opportunity were to proceed, the development would be leading-edge, high-quality, sensitive urban design that ensures no adverse impact on its assets.

Have Your Say

What will happen next?

We're committed to continuing to provide more housing options close to the town centre. This will in turn breathe new life into Tuggeranong town centre stimulating urban renewal in the area.

The ACT Government will need to investigate this area further to determine its suitability for development and would, of course, ensure that any development protects the area's high environmental and heritage values. This development would open the river corridor for more community recreation.

This would be the basis for developing a new suburb, and could lead to a Territory Plan Variation with more opportunity for community comment.

The project and the process of planning, detailed investigations and community engagement are consistent with the Statement of Planning Intent I released in November last year.

Further information

For further information, or to receive updates, contact the Renewing Tuggeranong Project Team.


Tuggeranong has needed new development for a long time.

Urban renewal is a core priority of the ACT Government. It is vital to growing Canberra's economy and strengthening our community.

Urban renewal is the coordinated redevelopment of urban areas to make Canberra more prosperous, compact, liveable and sustainable. It promotes increased population density and makes for a more connected city with better places and spaces.

Bringing urban renewal to Tuggeranong will provide new housing options in the area in response to growing demand for choice for people who want to live in there but can't find something suitable. Successful urban renewal contributes to sustainability. It makes better use of energy, water and transport infrastructure and creates places and spaces that mitigate and adapt to climate change.

What's happening now?

Early investigations are underway to determine the urban development potential of the area between Tuggeranong Town Centre (TTC) and the Murrumbidgee River Corridor (MRC).

The LDA is currently looking at the area to identify broad development opportunities and constraints including topography, servicing, cultural and environmental values.

Tuggeranong Lakeside

Where is the potential suburb located in Tuggeranong?

A new urban area, adjacent to the town centre, will provide opportunities to revitalise the commercial area and increase the residential accommodation supply in Tuggeranong. It will also generate new business and investment confidence in the district at a time when the main focus of development has been in northern Canberra and Molonglo.

Population levels in Tuggeranong have peaked and are now in gradual decline, reflecting the ageing of population and the lack of new areas for urban expansion.

At the same time there is a growing shortage of land in the ACT for future urban development, especially given the time-line to create development ready sites. There is also a need to provide a range of new housing opportunities across Canberra, catering for different market needs.

Unlike other town centres in Canberra, Tuggeranong town centre is located on the edge of the urban area, with no population catchment on its western side. Anecdotally the commercial viability of the town centre is also suffering.

The land is in a prime location, next to shops, employment and services, so residents living here would be no more than one and a half kilometres from the town centre. This would be a great place to live with a choice of housing, unique recreational opportunities and better community facilities all close to the city's main transit routes.

New residential development associated with land releases in the SouthQuay development will add population to the town centre but there is seen to be a need for more density in the immediate catchment area to help business viability.

What would the suburb look like?

There is potential for about 3500 dwellings, depending on their type and on community feedback. There could be higher-density dwellings close to the town centre and lower density along the river frontage.

This 190 ha area is some of the best land in Canberra, along the green swathes of the river corridor with views to the Brindabellas. People who make their homes here would be only minutes from central facilities, services and public transport and we really want to hear from the community about how to progress this idea for a new suburb.

Tuggeranong Library - Image by Tuggerafan Tuggeranong Foreshore - Image by Tuggerafan

What is involved in planning for the new suburb?

A preliminary study has confirmed that there are no major obstacles to future urban development. However, more detailed investigations will be needed to determine how the land can be used. These include detailed planning and engineering feasibility studies, and discussions between relevant government agencies as well as with the National Capital Authority.

A detailed plan would include a local road network along green corridors, reflecting the local topography and maintaining views to the Brindabellas. Pedestrian and bicycle connectivity between the new residential area, the town centre and river would be important, along with a strong emphasis on water-safe urban design principles to ensure no adverse impact on water quality in the river corridor.

How will transport, schools and other services be incorporated in planning the new suburb?

Detailed planning studies will factor in population growth, and discussions between government agencies will enable thorough planning for schools and transport services.

Tuggeranong cafes

Who is responsible in ACT Government for this project?

The proponent of this pre-consultation project is the Land Development Agency. The LDA is seeking early feedback on this proposal for the future of Tuggeranong.

If this development were to proceed, the Environment and Planning Directorate has a statutory role in assessment.

At this stage the ACT Government is seeking community views on whether this development should proceed. If so, more detailed analysis, including environmental considerations, will inform the final proposal. The natural and heritage assets are what makes this potential new suburb unique.

The ACT Government is determined that if this opportunity were to proceed, the development would be leading-edge, high-quality, sensitive urban design that ensures no adverse impact on its assets.

Have Your Say

What will happen next?

We're committed to continuing to provide more housing options close to the town centre. This will in turn breathe new life into Tuggeranong town centre stimulating urban renewal in the area.

The ACT Government will need to investigate this area further to determine its suitability for development and would, of course, ensure that any development protects the area's high environmental and heritage values. This development would open the river corridor for more community recreation.

This would be the basis for developing a new suburb, and could lead to a Territory Plan Variation with more opportunity for community comment.

The project and the process of planning, detailed investigations and community engagement are consistent with the Statement of Planning Intent I released in November last year.

Further information

For further information, or to receive updates, contact the Renewing Tuggeranong Project Team.


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