Section 6.3 Cycle paths: planned but not built

The planning mechanism has a systemic weakness. The Territory Plan shows that cycle paths are planned – but not built. The Territory Plan is a statutory document.

The Territory Plan contains both structure plans and concept plans. In principle, the contents are mandatory. However, it is common that cycle paths in these documents are never built. This is one reason why paths stop abruptly in the landscape. The path network was planned, yet never completed.

What is a structure plan?
A structure plan sets out principles and policies for development of the future urban areas.

Planning and Development Act 2007, page 71

What is a concept plan?
A concept plan—
(a) applies the principles and policies in the structure plan to future urban areas; and
(b) is a precinct code in the territory plan (see section 55 (3)) that guides the preparation and assessment of development in future urban areas to which the concept plan relates.

Planning and Development Act 2007, page 71

Paths planned but not built

The blue lines on the maps below (figures 6-1 to 6-5) are shared paths that were planned but never built. The paths have been mapped from the information found in concept plans from the Territory Plan.

This section shows an overview map and below that map enlargements for the following areas:

  • West Macgregor (figure 6-2)
  • South Lawson (figure 6-3)
  • Gungahlin town centre and Harrison (figure 6-5)
  • Casey (figure 6-6)
Overview of paths planned but never built in Northern Canberra, Territory Plan.
Figure 6-1 Overview of paths planned but never built in Northern Canberra, Territory Plan.

West Macgregor

These bike paths have not been built in the last 9 years. The missing paths are mapped from figure 9 path network plan, Macgregor West Concept Plan, 13 April 2012, Territory Plan, 20.

West Macgregor, paths planned but never built, Territory Plan
Figure 6-2 West Macgregor, paths planned but never built, Macgregor West Concept Plan, 13 April 2012, Territory Plan

South Lawson

These bike paths have not been built in the last 10 years. The missing paths are mapped from figure 5 Movement network, Lawson South Concept Plan, 7 October 2011, Territory Plan. For this area, there is also a structure plan.

Lawson paths planned but never built, Territory Plan
Figure 6-3 Lawson, paths planned but never built, Lawson South Concept Plan, 7 October 2011, Territory Plan

Gungahlin Town Centre and Harrison

These bike paths have not been built in the last 11 years. The missing paths are mapped from Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010, and Gungahlin Town Centre Structure Plan, Territory Plan. See also Gungahlin Central Area Structure Plan, Gungahlin Town Centre Structure Plan.

Gungahlin centreal area, paths planned but not built, Territory Plan
Figure 6-4 Gungahlin Central area, paths planned but not built, Flemington Road Corridor Concept Plan, 29 October 2010, Territory Plan

Casey

These bike paths have not been built in the last 13 years. The missing paths are mapped from Casey Concept Plan, 19 December 2008, off-road cycle network, Territory Plan, 22. See also North Gungahlin Structure Plan.

Casey, paths planned but not built, Territory Plan
Figure 6-5 Casey, paths planned but not built, Casey Concept Plan, 19 December 2008,Territory Plan

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