Greater Holtze Area Plan


The Northern Territory Planning Commission has commenced Stage 2 consultation on preparing an Area Plan for Greater Holtze with the release of a draft Area Plan. Greater Holtze includes Holtze, Kowandi, Holtze North and Howard Springs North.

This is an opportunity to build on the ideas expressed by the community during Stage 1 consultation and the development of the Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan.

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 Greater Holtze Area Plan (GHAP) will shape the growth of the district into the future. It will support a strategy of maintaining a supply of serviced land for development and identifying areas of environmental and/or social benefit.

The vision for Greater Holtze is to create a liveable, affordable and sustainable community for everyone.

Greater Holtze will:

  • be an active community with a valued local identity;
  • be an urban environment that reflects the natural features, with links into the natural landscape and dedicated green spaces;
  • include a well utilised Green Corridor that connects destinations as the spine of Greater Holtze;
  • include neighbourhoods that support walkability and viable alternatives to the automobile for functional short trips to destinations or extended recreational journeys within a broader network; and
  • enable development that supports sustainable outcomes.

Greater Holtze study area, with Holtze North and Howard Springs North shaded indicating areas subject to future planning

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.

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 - Complete

Stage One was an opportunity to participate in the planning process by contributing to the development of a vision to meet the future needs for Greater Holtze. This stage occurred between 4 June and 1 July 2022.

Stage Two - Underway to 9 December 2022

The Planning Commission has released the Draft Greater Holtze Area Plan for consultation.

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

Have Your Say

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The  Planning Commission wants to hear from you.

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

Email us

Come and chat to the team

The Planning Commission team will be at the following locations during November.

Come and find out more and have a chat about the draft Area Plan.

Date and timeLocation
  • Sunday 13 November
  • 8.00am to 12.00pm

Gateway Shopping Centre

  • Saturday 19 November
  • 8.00am to 12.00pm

Palmerston Shopping Centre

  • Sunday 20 November
  • 8.00am to 12.00pm

Coolalinga Shopping Centre (outside Woolworths)

  • Thursday 24 November
  • 1.00pm to 3.30pm

Howard Springs Shopping Centre

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