Central Palmerston Area Plan
The Planning Commission has now completed the second stage of community consultation on a draft Area Plan for Central Palmerston which closed on Friday 7 August 2020.
Stage Two consultation was an opportunity to build on the vision expressed by community in Stage One of consultation and to provide long-term guidance for land use and development in both residential and commercial land in Central Palmerston. Feedback that was captured can be found in the Stage Two Consultation Report .
Area Plans are land use and development policies within the Northern Territory Planning Scheme which guide the future use and development of land and provide a detailed framework for land use change. These plans contain planning principles and objectives to give the community, industry, and decision-makers confidence and understanding about potential land uses.
Area Plans are included in the NT Planning Scheme and must be considered by the Minister or the Development Consent Authority whenever a rezoning or development is proposed. Area Plans do not alter existing use rights and land can continue to be used in accordance with the current land use zone.
Area Plans do not automatically rezone land. If a landowner wants to develop in accordance with the Area Plan, the landowner must first rezone the land by applying to the Minister responsible for administering the Planning Act 1999.
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 draft Central Palmerston Area Plan
Palmerston is now the fastest growing city in the Northern Territory, and quickly becoming established as a family-focused, dynamic and multicultural regional hub.
The NT Planning Commission has prepared the draft Central Palmerston Area Plan as a framework to guide growth and development in this area over the next 50 years.
The draft Central Palmerston Area Plan builds on the overarching direction provided by the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan 2015.
The draft Area Plan is supported by a draft Needs Assessment document , which is informed by studies that were undertaken during Stage One.
The intention of the Needs Assessment is to sit within the background documents section of the NT Planning Scheme. It is recommend that where there are questions about interpretation or policy position of the draft Area Plan that the Needs Assessment is utilised as a reference.
The area planning process
The Central Palmerston Area Plan is being developed over three stages.
Stage One occurred from 22 July 2019 through to 30 August 2019 and included the release of a discussion paper and community consultation.
Stage Three is the final stage of the project. The Planning Commission has finalised 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.
The Minister for Infrastructure Planning and Logistics has placed the Central Palmerston Area Plan on statutory exhibition as a proposal to amend the NT Planning Scheme 2020. The Area Plan will be on exhibition for four weeks, with submissions invited to Friday 11 December 2020.
View the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment and make a submission through Development Applications Online.
NOTE: Documents found here relate to the Planning Commission's work to develop the Central Palmerston Area Plan.
For the final Central Palmerston Area Plan, go the NT Government website.
- Stage Two Consultation Report
- Draft Central Palmerston Area Plan
- Draft Needs Assessment - Central Palmerston Area Plan
- Pamphlet - Overview of a land use vision for Central Palmerston
Stage 1 - NT Planning Commission consultation on Discussion Paper
- Stage One Consultation Report
- Stage One Consultation Snapshot
- Discussion Paper - Central Palmerston Area Plan (Note: This is a large file. The individual parts of the document are available separately below)
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