Hearings

About Planning Commission Hearings

The Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is the person who makes the final decision about all applications for rezoning, planning scheme amendments and exceptional development permits.

If an application for rezoning, planning scheme amendment or exceptional development is lodged with the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, the Planning Commission holds a hearing on the submissions received on behalf of the Minister.

Planning Commission hearings are open to the public.

Before the hearing

The Planning Commission will invite all of the following to the hearing:

  • NT service authorities
  • local government
  • and people who made written submissions about the application.

Before the hearing, a report will be written by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics. The report will give the Planning Commission details of the application and issues that have been raised in submissions.

These reports will be available to download two days before a hearing.

At the hearing

The Chairperson or presiding member will invite the applicant to discuss their application.

People who made a submission about the application, including local government and NT service authorities, will also be invited to speak about their submission.

People speaking at the hearing should address their comments to the Planning Commission, not to the applicant or other people at the hearing.

After the hearing

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.

Applications on exhibition / open for comment

A list of all planning scheme amendments, rezonings and exceptional development permits that are currently open for comment can be found on https://www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/planning/

Hearing dates and agendas

Hearings are held when needed. Agenda listings and reports to the Planning Commission are available on this page two days before a hearing.

Upcoming Planning Commission hearings

Litchfield - Thursday 22 August 2019  3.30pm

Whitewood Hall, 325 Whitewood Road, Howard Springs

Agenda Listing (154.4 kb)


Recent Planning Commission Hearings

Darwin - Monday 19 August 2019 2.30pm

Yellow Room, Level 4 Energy House, 18-20 Cavenagh Street Darwin

Agenda Listing (154.5 kb)

Litchfield - Tuesday 25 June 2019

Nelson Electorate Office, Shop 5 Howard Springs Shopping Centre

Item 1 - PA2018/0100 - Section 2284 Bees Creek Road

Alice Springs - Monday 15 April 2019 at 9.00am

Roper Room, Level 1 Greenwell Building
50 Bath Street, Alice Springs

and (via video conference)

Yellow Room, Level 4 Energy House
18-20 Cavenagh Street, Darwin

Agenda Listing (134.2 kb)

Item 1 - PA2018/0440 - Kilgariff Area Plan

Item 2 - PA2019/0004 - Central Alice Springs Area Plan


10 April 2019 - Release of NT Planning Commission Report to the Minister - Albrecht Oval

The Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics has decided to release the NT Planning Commission's Report to the Minister in relation to PA2018/0120.

The proposal subject to hearing and report was a proposed exceptional development permit for the purpose of installation of 4 x 34.5m high lighting towers (ancillary to leisure and recreation use) on Lot 06774, 8 Albrecht Dr, Larapinta, Town of Alice Springs.

13 March 2019 - Release of NT Planning Commission Report to the Minister - Pinelands

The Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics has decided to release the NT Planning Commission's Report to the Minister in relation to PA2018/0457.

The proposal subject to hearing and report was to rezone Section 67 Hundred of Bagot, 125 Mcfarland Rd, Pinelands from Zone GI (General Industry) to Zones CP (Community Purpose) and FD (Future Development) to facilitate a rehabilitation precinct including a new Youth Justice Centre.