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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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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 will be on exhibition for four weeks, closing on Friday 7th August.

View the exhibition package and make a submission through the Development Applications online website at https://www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/planning/lta.dar.list#amendments

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


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Central Palmerston Area Plan

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

The second stage of community consultation on a draft Area Plan for Central Palmerston is open now through to Friday 7 August 2020.

This is an opportunity to build on the vision expressed by community in Stage One of consultation and to provide long-term guidance for land use and development in both residential and commercial land in Central Palmerston. The Palmerston community are being asked to have a say on planning for important land uses in Central Palmerston, including the three focus areas.

Find out more about the project on the  Central Palmerston Area Plan page.


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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 (6.3 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.