Our primary role is to prepare integrated strategic plans in consultation with the community.
These plans may identify future transport corridors, utility corridors and sites for essential facilities including communication, water and power supply, gas and similar condensates, effluent treatment and regional waste, public and social infrastructure.
The Planning Commission may provide guidance on where and how communities or urban areas should grow.
Our plans can include maps, policy statements and objectives relating to housing, transport, economic development, the environment, open space and conservation.
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.
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 is now available.
Find out more about the Katherine East Area Plan project.
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.
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.
Find out more about the Humpty Doo Rural Activity Centre Area Plan project.
The Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics placed the Draft Tennant Creek Land Use Plan on public exhibition as a proposed Planning Scheme Amendment.
Exhibition ran from Friday 1 February 2019 to Friday 1 March 2019.The exhibition package for the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment can be found on the Tennant Creek Land Use Plan project page under Resources and Reading Material.
Read about the Planning Commission's past work on the Tennant Creek Land Use Plan
The Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics placed the Draft Central Alice Springs Area Plan on public exhibition as a proposed Planning Scheme Amendment.
Exhibition ran from Friday 21 January 2019 to Friday 22 February 2019.The exhibition package for the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment can be found on the Central Alice Springs Area Plan project page under Resources and Reading Material.
Read about the Planning Commission's past work on the Central Alice Springs Area Plan
Stage Two consultation for the Coolalinga/Freds Pass Rural Activity Centre Area Plan concluded on Wednesday 1 November 2017.
Find out more about the Coolalinga / Freds Pass Rural Activity Centre Area Plan
The Planning Commission is pleased to advise that the Minister has placed the planning principles and an area plan for the Howard Springs Rural Activity Centre on public exhibition as a proposed Planning Scheme Amendment.
The exhibition package for the proposed Planning Scheme Amendments can be found at https://nt.gov.au/property/building-and-development/northern-territory-planning-scheme/planning-scheme-amendments-and-concurrent-applications.
Exhibition will run from 4 August 2017 to 1 September 2017.
Find out more about the Commission's work on the
Dual Occupancy in Zone SD (Single Dwelling Residential)
On 3 October 2017, the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics amended the NT Planning Scheme to remove the provisions that allowed the development of dual occupancies in Zone SD.
Consultations completed and plan approved by the Minister for inclusion in the Planning Scheme in 2015.
Darwin Mid Suburbs Area Plan
The Planning Commission has developed an area plan for Darwin's mid suburbs, comprising Coconut Grove, Nightcliff, Rapid Creek Millner and parts of Ludmilla.
Darwin Inner Suburbs Area Plan
The Darwin Inner Suburbs Area Plan is the culmination of six months of community consultations and extensive infrastructure studies focused on ensuring future land use keeps pace with the changing needs of a growing community.
Berrimah Farm Area Plan 2014
The site is currently a research facility for practices in agriculture, horticulture and cattle breeding. After investigations into a higher and better use for the site, the Planning Commission prepared a Berrimah Farm Area Plan.
Berrimah North Area Plan
In 2013, a discussion paper and consultations led to development of a draft area plan and related studies. The plan was provided to the Minister and the Planning Scheme was amended in late 2014.
Kahlin Compound, Old Hospital Site and Flagstaff Park Concept Plan
The Planning Commission produced a draft concept plan to consider options for potential development of the Kahlin Compound and Old Hospital site and Myilly Point, including Flagstaff Park.
Consultations were completed in June 2014, following community and stakeholder feedback.
Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan
This plan covers Litchfield municipality, including rural activity centres of Berry Springs, Coolalinga/Freds Pass, Howard Springs and Humpty Doo.
The NT Planning Commission has recommended the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan to the Minister for Land and Planning for exhibition as a proposed amendment to the Northern Territory Planning Scheme.
Holtze Area Plan
This looks at land use and future infrastructure needs in areas adjacent to the future Palmerston Regional Hospital.
Consultations were completed August 2015, following community consultations and the provision of a draft plan to the Minister.
Howard Springs Rural Activity Centre Area Plan
The Howard Springs Rural Activity Centre Area Plan looks at land use in the Rural Activity Centre of Howard Springs
Planning Commission consultations with the community were completed in March 2017. The Planning Commission then presented a draft plan to the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics requesting consideration of the plan as a proposed amendment to the NT Planning Scheme.
Katherine Land Use Plan
In 2014 the Katherine Land Use Plan was incorporated in the NT Planning Scheme. In 2016 the Planning Commission reviewed the plan, and recommended an amendment to provide Katherine with a locality suitable for a neighbourhood centre to be established in the future.
Tennant Creek Land Use Framework 2013
The Planning Commission completed a Tennant Creek Land Use Framework that was incorporated into the NT Planning Scheme in June 2013.
Alice Springs Regional Land Use Plan
This plan covers the whole of the Alice Springs municipality, including the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap (west), Undoolya (east), Amoonguna (south-east), Brewer Industrial Estate and Alice Springs Correctional Facility (south) and surrounding rural areas.
Alice Springs CBD Review
This review covered planning scheme provisions for Alice Springs.
Consultations completed December 2014, with the exhibition of a draft plan and guidelines for comment.