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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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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 Northern Territory Planning Commission is seeking input from the community and industry on the Designing Better Discussion Paper.

Whether you live in an apartment or not, we are interested in your views.

Find out more about the Designing Better project.


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Katherine East Area Plan

The Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics has placed the Katherine East Area Plan and consequential amendments to the Katherine Land Use Plan 2014 on statutory exhibition as a proposed Planning Scheme Amendment. Exhibition closes Friday 21 February 2020.

View the exhibition package and make a submission on the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment through the Development Applications Online website.

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

The Stage Two Consultation Report PDF (2.7 MB) is now available.

Find out more about the Planning Commission's work on the Katherine East Area Plan project.


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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.

You can read the Stage One Consultation Report PDF (10.8 MB) and find out more about the project on the  Central Palmerston Area Plan page.



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Humpty Doo Rural Activity Centre Area Plan

Stage 2 consultation on an Area Plan for the Humpty Doo Rural Activity Centre occurred during November 2018.

Our focus on planning in the Activity Centre will help maintain the amenity and lifestyle of the rural area, ensuring there are reticulated services available to the growing population, and help protect the rural area from ribbon development.

Read the Humpty Doo Rural Activity Centre Area Plan Stage 2 Consultation Report PDF (2.2 MB)

Find out more about the Humpty Doo Rural Activity Centre Area Plan project.