Central Darwin Area Plan


The Northern Territory Planning Commission has started work to create an Area Plan for Darwin city and surrounding areas. The project is being referred to as the Central Darwin Area Plan.

Darwin is significant as the capital of the Northern Territory. Central Darwin contains many places important for the Northern Territory as a whole and for the growing inner city population and workforce.

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

This project is an opportunity to bring together and build on previous studies, projects and consultation, including the Darwin City Centre Master Plan, that have focused on shaping a vibrant city centre.Map showing extent of Central Darwin Area Plan study area

What are  Area Plans?

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 in the Darwin region build on the overarching direction provided by the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan. Planning is informed by population and infrastructure studies with stakeholder and community feedback being a key influence.

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 also do not automatically rezone land but inform decisions on requests for rezoning.

The Area Planning process

The Central Darwin Area plan will be developed over three stages.

Stage One occurred from 24 October 2017 to 24 November 2017, and included the release of a discussion paper and first round of up front community consultation.

Three stages of creating the Central Darwin Area Plan

Resources and reading material

Background Resources

These documents are located on external websites. They will open in a new window.

Get involved

Stage 1 consultation activities have now concluded.

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

Contact the NT Planning Commission if you have any further comment or questions about this project.

Online Survey

The online survey for Stage 1 consultation has now closed and winners of the $50 Darwin City Boutique Dollar vouchers have been notified.

Contact the NT Planning Commission if you have any further comment or questions about this project.