Greater Holtze Area Plan


The Northern Territory Planning Commission has commenced work on developing an Area Plan for Greater Holtze. The area includes Holtze, Kowandi, Holtze North and Howard Springs North. This is an opportunity to build on the ideas expressed by the community during the development of the Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan 2022.

The Greater Holtze study area comprises of approximately 3300 hectares, and is predominantly Vacant Crown. Greater Holtze has been identified as the future growth area in Greater Darwin.

The Palmerston Regional Hospital is a driver for land use change, as it has demand for adjacent medical support services. The close proximity to facilities of central Palmerston will also precipitate demand for land.

The Greater Holtze Area Plan (GHAP) will be specific to the Holtze and Kowandi localities, and will include a detailed local land use structure.

The preparation of the Area Plan will consider:

  • planning for infrastructure services such as power, water, and sewer
  • the transport networks to meet the need to service land
  • potential to deliver residential lots close to Palmerston CBD

Greater Holtze Study Area

Further information about the project is available within the Discussion Paper.

What is an Area Plan?

Area Plans provide a detailed framework for land use change, to guide the future use and development of land. 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 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, including public exhibition.

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 also 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.

Greater Holtze was one of four “focus areas” in the Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan. The GHAP will follow the broader planning principles established as a result of community consultation on that Subregional Plan.

Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan - Structure plan. Click on image to download PDF of this map Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan 2022 cover. Click to download document
Lands Use Structure Plan from
Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan

Download a PDF of this plan.
Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan
(Draft exhibited as proposed
Planning Scheme Amendment - March/April 2020)

Download this document

The Planning Process

The Greater Holtze Area Plan is being developed over three stages. It is intended that once all three stages have been completed the Area Plan will form part of the NT Planning Scheme.

Stage One - Current Stage

Happening now, Stage One is an opportunity for you to participate in the planning process by contributing to the development of a vision to meet the future needs for Greater Holtze.

Three-Stage process

Stage Two

A draft of the Greater Holtze Area Plan will be released for comment. This will occur after taking into account feedback and information received during Stage One engagement with the community, stakeholders and service authorities.

Stage Three

Stage Three is the final stage of the project.

Feedback from Stage Two will be used by the Planning Commission to finalise the draft Area Plan. The Planning Commission will then recommend that the Minister for Infrastructure Planning and Logistics include it in the Planning Scheme.

The Minister for Infrastructure Planning and Logistics will consider feedback received during the public exhibition of the draft amendment before making a decision.

Get Involved

This stage in the preparation of the Area Plan for the Greater Holtze provides an opportunity for the community to get involved and provide comments and feedback on the Discussion Paper for the Greater Holtze Area Plan.

We will be at the following locations for you to find out more and let us know what is important to you.



Sunday 5 June 2022 - 8.00am to 2.00pm

Coolalinga Markets

Thursday 9 June 2022 - 12 noon to 4.00pm

Howard Springs Supermarket

Saturday 18 June 2022 - 10am to 2.00pm

Gateway Shopping Centre

Have Your Say

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The  Planning Commission is seeking input from the community and interested parties on the Discussion Paper and have created a Have Your Say webpage to solicit feedback.

The Have your Say webpage is a one stop shop of information on the project and also provides different opportunities for feedback on the project.

Whether you live in the area or not, we are interested in your views.

You can have your say by:

  • leaving your feedback on 
  • talking to our project officers
  • writing to the NT Planning Commission

Write to us

Send your feedback and queries to the NT Planning Commission:

Greater Holtze Area Plan
NT Planning Commission
GPO Box 1680

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