Central Alice Springs Area Plan


Central Alice Springs Study AreaThe NTPC has identified the need to update and implement a Central Alice Springs Area Plan into the NT Planning Scheme to provide for growth of the municipality of Alice Springs.

Alice Springs is the largest urban centre outside of Darwin and Palmerston. It is a place rich in natural and cultural heritage, operating as a major economic hub servicing the southern region of the Northern Territory as well as remote areas of South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland.

Long term land use planning considers how and where development should occur to maximise investment in infrastructure, use land efficiently, and create enjoyable spaces for people.

What is an Area Plan?

Area Plans are land use and development policies within the Northern Territory Planning Scheme. These plans contain planning principles and objectives to give the community, industry, and decision-makers a degree of confidence and understanding about potential land uses.

Area Plans build on the overarching direction provided by the Alice Springs Regional Land Use Plan (ASRLUP) and are informed by population and infrastructure studies. Stakeholder and community feedback are key influences.

Area planning also provides an opportunity for authorities like Power and Water Corporation and local councils to plan for future infrastructure services such as power, water and sewerage.

Area Plans do not alter existing use rights and land can continue to be used in accordance with the current land-use zone.

How an Area Plan is prepared 

The Central Alice Springs Area plan will be developed over three stages:

Stage One, happening now, from 12 October 2017 to 9 November 2017 includes the release of a discussion paper and first round of up front community consultation.

Stage Two will include preparing options for a draft Area Plan based on community feedback and other information obtained during stage 1. There will be opportunities for further community consultation at this stage.

Stage Three is the final stage of the project. The Planning Commission will finalise and recommend the Area Plan and associated documents to the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics for public exhibition as a proposed amendment to the Northern Territory Planning Scheme.

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Resources and reading material

Background resources

Get involved 

Learn about, and be involved in, the preparation of this important strategic plan for Central Alice Springs. Come along to an information session, provide a written submission, or drop in to one of our information stalls across the Central Alice Springs area during the next few weeks. All feedback from this consultation will help us develop the draft Area Plan for further consultation.

Have your say online now

  • Answer the quick poll at the top right of the page
  • Fill in our Online Survey to let us know what is important to you in planning for Central Alice Springs
  • Read our online discussion paper, and leave your thoughts in the TELL US... links throughout

Write to us

Send us your thoughts about the future for Central Alice Springs.

Come and talk to us

We will be at the following locations for you to find out more and let us know whats important to you.

Date Location Event
Thursday 12 October 2017
1:00pm - 2:00pm
CADO Office
55 Todd Mall
Information session
RSVP here        
Thursday 12 October 2017
5:00pm – 9:00pm
Todd Mall Todd Mall night markets
Friday 13 October 2017
12:00pm – 1:00pm
CADO Office
55 Todd Mall
Information session
RSVP here
Saturday 14 October 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm
Yeperenye Shopping Centre Pop-up information stall
Tuesday 17 October 2017
11:30am – 1:30pm
Alice Plaza Pop-up information stall
Wednesday 25 October 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Andy McNeill Room
Alice Springs Town Council
RSVP here
Friday 27 October 2017
12:00pm – 1:00pm
CADO Office
55 Todd Mall
Information session
RSVP here
Saturday 28 October 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm
Coles Shopping Centre Pop-up information stall
Sunday 29 October 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm
Todd Mall Markets Pop-up information stall

How do you move around the CBD?

  • Walk
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  • Car
  • Bus
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What would be attractive about living in the CBD?

  • Lifestyle
  • Views
  • Reduced travel time
  • Walkability
  • Public spaces
  • Other

What do you come to the CBD for?

  • Shopping
  • Food and nightlife
  • Employment
  • Sport and recreation
  • Government services
  • Other