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, occurred from 12 October 2017 to 9 November 2017 and included 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

Stage 1

Background resources

Get involved 

Stage 1 Consultation activities have now concluded.

Opportunities to get involved at Stage 2 of the project will be made available here.