The Suburban Land Agency estate of Franklin, in Canberra’s north, has won the top award for master planned community at the Property Council of Australia’s annual Innovation and Excellence Awards. 

Franklin contains a mix of block sizes that aim to promote housing diversity and meet the long-term needs of the community. The master planning enabled integration with the Franklin Early Childhood school, the Franklin Recreation Park, the significant parklands and links to the higher density development along the Flemington Road Corridor.
 
Affordable housing options included the award-winning OwnPlace program, the Land Rent Scheme and an affordable housing demonstration project. The LDA also delivered a charity house project.
 
The LDA's community development program 'Mingle' was piloted in Franklin, helping build a vibrant community through social inclusion activities. 
 
The LDA integrated culturally significant features into the suburb. These include Old Well Station Track, Gungaderra Creek, North Mitchell Grasslands, Mulangarri Grasslands and Gubur Dhaura, a site of Aboriginal cultural significance and now a six-hectare community space.
 
Franklin covers approximately 256 hectares. The developed area of 132 hectares now has more than 3,000 dwellings and by 2017, Franklin will be home to between 6,000 and 7,000 people.