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.

Current Projects

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Tennant Creek Land Use Plan

Stage one consultation for a Land Use Plan for Tennant Creek has commenced with the release of a Discussion Paper. Consultation is open until Friday 8 December 2017.

The Northern Territory Planning Commission is starting work on a Land Use Plan for Tennant Creek. This level of land use planning will help provide guidance to further land release and development for a population approaching 5000 and 8000 people.

The Land Use Plan will build on previous work and studies. It will look at current and future land uses, community needs, transport and infrastructure planning, as well as environmental and heritage values.

Find out more about the Tennant Creek Land Use Plan.

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Central Darwin Area Plan

The Northern Territory Planning Commission has started work to create an Area Plan for Central Darwin – from Frances Bay and the Waterfront through to Cullen Bay and all areas in between.

The Area Plan will guide land use and development that strengthens Central Darwin as the heart of a vibrant, functional and attractive capital city.

Find out more about the Central Darwin Area Plan

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Central Alice Springs Area Plan

Stage one consultation for a Central Alice Springs Area Plan is happening Thursday 12 October until Thursday 9 November 2017.

Your thoughts, comments, questions and feedback now will help us to prepare a draft Central Alice Springs Area Plan. You can also come and say hello to us and find out more about the project at our pop up information stalls and community information sessions being held across the Alice Springs CBD in October.

Find out more about the Central Alice Springs Area Plan

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Coolalinga / Freds Pass Rural Activity Centre Area Plan

The Planning Commission is starting work on an Area Plan for the Coolalinga/Freds Pass Rural Activity Centre. Stage 1 includes the release of a discussion paper and a first round of community consultation. 

This is an opportunity for you to get involved in the planning process by helping to develop a vision to meet the future needs for Coolalinga/Freds Pass.

The Planning Commission is pleased to be working alongside the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics to also address long term traffic management issues in the locality.

Find out more about the Coolalinga / Freds Pass Rural Activity Centre Area Plan

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Howards Springs 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

Exhibition will run from 4 August 2017 to 1 September 2017.

Find out more about the Commission's work on the  Howard Springs Rural Activity Centre Area Plan

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Palmerston City Centre and Periphery Area Plan

The Palmerston community is encouraged to get involved in the preparation of an Area Plan for Palmerston’s city centre and surrounding key employment centres.

The draft plan will also build on the comprehensive work done by City of Palmerston in developing the recently released City Centre Master Plan. 

Find out more about the Palmerston City Centre and Periphery Area Plan


Documents available here for completed Planning Commission projects are final in relation only to the Planning Commissions’ work.

The Minister is the decision-maker on all proposed amendments to the NT Planning Scheme. Documents included in the NT Planning Scheme are not necessarily identical to those prepared by the NT Planning Commission. 

Refer to the NT Planning Scheme page on the NT Government website to view documents currently included in the NT Planning Scheme.

NT-wide projects

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.

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Greater Darwin Region Projects 

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Darwin Regional Land Use Plan

Consultations completed and plan approved by the Minister for inclusion in the Planning Scheme in 2015.

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Darwin Municipality 


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Litchfield Municipality 


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.

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Palmerston Municipality


Katherine Region Projects

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. 

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Tennant Creek and Barkly Region Projects

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.  

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Alice Springs Region Projects

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.

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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.

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