Alice Springs CBD Review


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Alice Springs CBD Review Community Consultation Report

The Planning Commission is reviewing planning scheme provisions for Alice Springs CBD.  A Discussion Paper and Draft Built Form Guidelines have been released and were exhibited until Wednesday 17 December, 2014.

Purpose and Objectives of the 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.

The review focuses on building design criteria and how they may influence building form, heights and interaction with public space.

This project is not a master plan for the Alice Springs CBD, but a review of the current planning provisions which influence design and development.

The purpose of this review is to identify issues and options which might be the subject of future amendments to the NT Planning Scheme.

The objectives include:

  • clarifying what is expected of developers and designers
  • improving investor confidence, and
  • providing assurance to the broader community that the outcomes will contribute to a shared vision for the Alice Springs CBD

The Core Review Area and Zone of Influence

The Core Review Area and Zone of Influence

The Commission has developed and published a Discussion Paper and Draft Built Form Guidelines for public feedback.

The Discussion Paper covers issues such as:

  • recognising structural changes in the Alice Springs CBD
  • promoting quality design outcomes
  • exploring options on building heights in relation to key views and vistas, and
  • exploring options on controls to achieve better urban quality

The Draft Built Form Guidelines recognise that buildings should contribute positively to streetscapes in the Alice Springs town centre.  The Guidelines covers topics such as streets, buildings, shopfronts and landscape.

While the Guidelines are generally based on performance and offer guidance, some specific requirements are identified.

Public Workshops - Presentations and Feedback Summary Available

Public workshops were held at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Alice Springs on 4 & 5 December, and were well attended.  Presentations given by the Chairman of the Planning Commission, Gary Nairn, and consultant Steve Thorne (Design Urban Pty Ltd) to the workshops are available below.

A summary of the feedback received at the workshops is available at the link below.

What Happens Next

The Planning Commission will review the submissions and feedback from the consultation period after the close of exhibition.   It will advise on planning scheme initiatives and finalise a set of Built Form Guidelines which will then be provided to the Minister for Lands Planning and the Environment for his consideration.

The Commission will request the Minister to consider introducing planning scheme initiatives into the NT Planning Scheme, which would require an exhibition period of 28 days for the community to provide further comment.