Central Palmerston Area Plan

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The Northern Territory Planning Commission has started a a three-stage planning process and wants to hear the community’s vision for the Central Palmerston Area.

An Area Plan is a tool to guide decision making into the future; guiding land use and development of future growth; transforming retail and living space to attract people to live, work and play here. Simply put, it helps us plan for the future.

The draft Area Plan is important to help achieve a long-term vision for the Palmerston city centre and surrounds.

Developing an Area Plan needs stakeholder involvement—it’s your City Centre!

A Discussion Paper, released with Stage One, outlines what we understand from previous studies and projects, and what needs to be considered in the preparation of the Area Plan.

Stage One was an opportunity for the community, property owners and businesses to get involved in the planning process, share ideas about future land use in Central Palmerston and tell us what should be in the Area Plan.

The Planning Commission is now using the feedback received during Stage One along with a range of infrastructure and other assessments, to prepare a draft Area Plan.

Map - Central Palmerston Study Area

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What is an Area Plan?

An Area Plan provides a decision-making framework to inform future rezoning and development decisions; it gives guidance, certainty and confidence to residents, property owners and decision makers. An Area Plan is important to help achieve a long-term vision for the city centre.

Simply put, it helps us plan for the future.

Area Plans can identify areas for future change but they do not automatically rezone land.

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 try to look as far ahead as possible but, in time, they may be reviewed to meet the future needs and aspirations of the community. Any change to an Area Plan is a Planning Scheme Amendment and must follow the process set out in the Planning Act 1999, including public exhibition.

The Area Planning process

The Central Palmerston Area Plan is being developed over three stages.

Stage One

Stage 1 community engagement occurred from 22 July 2019 through to 30 August 2019.

We talked to the community, gathered information and looked at what is needed to accommodate future growth in the area before we draft the Central Palmerston Area Plan.

This was an opportunity for the community, property owners and businesses to get involved in the planning process, share ideas about future land use in Central Palmerston and tell us what should be in the Area Plan.

Read the Stage One Consultation Snapshot PDF (7.9 MB)

Read the full Stage One Consultation Report PDF (10.8 MB).

Stage Two

An Area Plan will be drafted by the Planning Commission taking into account feedback from Stage One and other assessments. There will be an opportunity at this stage for you to comment on the draft Central Palmerston Area Plan.

3-Stage diagram - Developing an Area Plan

Stage Three

Feedback from Stage Two will be used by the Planning Commission to finalise the Central Palmerston Area Plan. The Commission will then recommend that the Minister include it into the Planning Scheme.

You will have a final opportunity at this stage to provide feedback on the Central Palmerston Area Plan to the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.

Resources and reading material

Stage 1 - NT Planning Commission consultation on Discussion Paper

Background Resources

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