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The Northern Territory Planning Commission

The Northern Territory Planning Commission is an independent statutory authority.

It sets the strategic framework for integrated land use, transport and infrastructure planning, working to deliver more sustainable and cost-effective outcomes for the community that reflect environmental and heritage values.

The Commission consults with the community to develop strategic plans and policies for inclusion in the Planning Scheme and advises on significant development proposals.


Current Projects

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Central Palmerston Area Plan

The NT Planning Commission is pleased to advise that the Minister for Infrastructure Planning and Logistics has placed the Central Palmerston Area Plan on statutory exhibition as a proposal to amend the NT Planning Scheme 2020. The Area Plan will be on exhibition for four weeks, with submissions invited to Friday 11 December 2020.

View the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment and make a submission through Development Applications Online.

Find out more about the Planning Commission's work on the Area Plan on the Central Palmerston Area Plan page.

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Planning for Gunn Point Peninsula

The Planning Commission is reviewing the land use structure identified for the Gunn Point Peninsula, including the future Murrumujuk Township.

Consultation on amendments to the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan relating to the Gunn Point Peninsula was open from 23 July to 28 August 2020. The Planning Commission is now considering the feedback received during this stage of community consultation.

Find out more about the project on the  Planning for Gunn Point Peninsula project.


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Coolalinga / Freds Pass Rural Activity Centre Area Plan

The NT Planning Commission is pleased to advise that the Minister for Infrastructure Planning and Logistics has placed the Area Plan for the Coolalinga / Freds Pass Rural Activity Centre on statutory exhibition as a proposal to amend the NT Planning Scheme. The Area Plan was on exhibition for four weeks, closing on Friday 7 August, with a hearing on submissions received conducted by the Planning Commission on Tuesday 8 September 2020.

Find out more about the Planning Commission's work on Coolalinga / Freds Pass Rural Activity Centre Area Plan



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Designing Better

The Designing Better project is a suite of suggestions by the Northern Territory Planning Commission that specifically relates to apartment and mixed use buildings.

The first stage of consultation on the Northern Territory Planning Commission’s Designing Better project is now compete with the release of the Stage One Consultation Report PDF (14.3 MB).

Consultation has been underway with key stakeholder groups regarding better designing practices.

Designing Better is an NT Planning Commission and Northern Territory Government initiative that seeks to enable and promote quality and well-designed apartments and mixed use developments which:

  • Respond to the Territory’s climate;
  • Embrace innovation in their design; and, most importantly
  • Make vibrant and liveable spaces for Territorians.

Find out more about the Designing Better project.