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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.


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Central Palmerston Area Plan

The Planning Commission wants to hear the community’s vision for the Central Palmerston Area.

Developing an Area Plan needs stakeholder involvement—it’s your City Centre!

Stage 1 community engagement was conducted from 22 July 2019 through to 30 August 2019. The feedback received during Stage One is now being used, along with a range of infrastructure and other assessments, to prepare a draft Area Plan  for further consultation.

Find out more about the Central Palmerston Area Plan.


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Central Darwin Area Plan

The Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics placed the Draft Central Darwin Area Plan on public exhibition as a proposed Planning Scheme Amendment. Exhibition ran from Friday 7 June 2019 to Friday 5 July 2019.

The exhibition package for the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment can be found on the Central Darwin Area Plan project page under Resources and Reading Material.

The NT Planning Commission conducted a hearing in relation to the submissions received on Monday 19 August. The Planning Commission gives a report to the Minister about all the issues raised at the hearing and in the submissions, and any other matters that the Planning Commission thinks should be taken into account when the Minister makes a decision about the application.

The Planning Commission does not make any decisions on planning scheme amendments, rezoning or exceptional development permit applications.

Read about the Planning Commission's past work on the Central Darwin Area Plan project.



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Katherine East Area Plan

The NT Planning Commission has recently completed Stage Two of its stakeholder engagement on the draft Katherine East Area Plan.

The draft area plan was presented to the community during Stage Two, where feedback was sought on a land use concept for Katherine East, which balanced land capability with future development structured around two neighbourhoods.

The Stage Two Consultation Report PDF, 2789.09 KB is now available.

Find out more about the Katherine East Area Plan project.