Dual Occupancy in Zone SD (Single Dwelling Residential)
The Planning Commission has recently undertaken extensive community consultation to develop a range of land use plans, including Area Plans for Darwin’s Inner and Mid-Suburbs; the Holtze locality; land use plans for Alice Springs and Katherine; a Sub Regional plan for the Litchfield area and the overarching Darwin Regional Land Use Plan.
Throughout this consultation, the concepts of ‘dual occupancy’ and the subdivision of Single Dwelling (SD) lots have been raised by many residents in the community.
Most other Australian jurisdictions have policies relating to dual occupancy, which generally refers to the ability to develop a second dwelling on what has previously been a single residential lot.
For some residents, subdividing a larger lot would provide an opportunity for renewal and revitalisation while maintaining the existing character of the suburb. For older residents, smaller blocks are found to be easier to maintain, and would enable residents to remain in their established community.
From a strategic planning perspective, dual occupancy helps to deliver diversity in housing choice and affordability for changing demographics as well as a more compact urban form to reduce urban sprawl and maximise efficiencies through existing infrastructure.
The Planning Commission released a discussion paper and draft proposal in March 2016 and held a series of briefings in the urban areas of the NT. We received some very useful and constructive feedback on the draft proposal with several key themes emerging from the consultation. A revised proposal which incorporated feedback received through the consultation process was recommended to the Minister for Lands and Planning in May 2016.
On 13 May 2016, the Minister for Lands and Planning placed the dual occupancy proposal for a 28 day period of public exhibition as proposed amendment to the NT Planning Scheme.
- 12 May 2016 - Draft Dual Occupancy proposal with the Minister