Designing Better

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About the Designing Better project

The Designing Better project is a suite of suggestions by the Northern Territory Planning Commission that specifically relates to apartment and mixed use buildings.

The project applies to:

  • Zone MR (Medium Density Residential);
  • Zone HR (High Density Residential);
  • Zone CB (Central Business); and
  • Zone C (Commercial)

Designing Better is Territory-wide in scope and seeks to encourage and enable residential apartment and mixed use buildings in the Northern Territory to:

  • respond to context and celebrate local and regional differences;
  • respond to climate and contribute to the Territory’s built form character;
  • embrace Innovation through flexible, best practice design solutions; and
  • make great places that provide meaningful, vibrant and liveable spaces for people.

This project draws upon feedback received from the community and industry through other projects and targets a number of key design elements for improvement.

The Designing Better project will ultimately inform revised development requirements in the Northern Territory Planning Scheme and be complemented by the locality-specific guidance of Area Plans.

Have Your Say

The Northern Territory Planning Commission is seeking input from the community and industry on the Designing Better Discussion Paper.

Whether you live in an apartment or not, we are interested in your views. We want to know:

  • What standard features should apartments have in the Northern Territory?
  • What design and amenity considerations should be required for apartment buildings?
  • What things should be in an apartment building in the Northern Territory?
  • What we should encourage to get the best quality outcomes for residents, neighbours, businesses and the broader community.

You can have your say by:

  • leaving your feedback on (opens in a new window)
  • talking to planners at one of our pop up information stalls
  • attending open house information sessions
  • writing to the NT Planning Commission

Come and chat to us

Date / TimeLocationEvent
Friday 7 February 2020
9.00am - 5.30pm
Coolalinga Central Information stall
Tuesday 11 February 2020
9.00am - 5.00pm
Yeperenye Shopping Centre Information stall
Thursday 13 February 2020
9.00am - 5.00pm
Alice Springs Town Council  Open house session
Saturday 15 February 2020
8.00am - 2.00pm
Parap Markets Information stall
Monday 17 February 2020
11.00am - 5.30pm
Katherine Central Shopping Centre Information stall
Tuesday 18 February 2020
7.00am - 3.00pm
Equalitea Cafe, Katherine Open house session
Thursday 20 February 2020
9.00am - 5.30pm
Nightcliff Shopping Centre Information stall
Friday 21 February 2020
9.00am - 9.00pm
Casuarina Square Information stall
Saturday 22 February 2020
9.00am - 5.00pm
Gateway Shopping Centre Information Stall
Thursday 27 February 2020
9.00am - 5.30pm
Palmerston Shopping Centre Information stall

Write to us

Send your feedback and queries to the NT Planning Commission:

  • Send an email to
  • Write to the Planning Commission at:

    Designing Better
    NT Planning Commission
    GPO Box 1680
    DARWIN NT 0810

Resources and reading material

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