Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan

Map showing the study area boundary for the Palmerston Environs Subregional Land Use Plan project

Introduction

The Northern Territory Planning Commission has started a three-stage planning process to develop a subregional land use plan for the area surrounding Palmerston. The areas includes Greater 11 Mile, Greater Holtze, Virginia South-West, Archer and Mitchell West.

The preparation of the Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan will shape the growth of the area into to the future. It will support a strategy of maintaining a supply of serviced land for future development and include consideration of transport and service infrastructure as well as land capability and environmental values.

This project has previously been known as the Palmerston Environs Subregional Land Use Plan project.

This subregional plan builds on the overarching direction provided by the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan (2015).

The preparation of the subregional land use plan for Holtze to Elizabeth River seeks to:

  • help the community to understand the land use challenges and contribute to a land use plan for the longer term
  • confirm and consider transport and service infrastructure corridors
  • identify extensive areas for open space and/or conservation
  • identify the capability off land and environmental values
  • respond to the  opportunities and constraints present
  • respond to expectations around recreational uses of the Pine Forest
  • identify optimal land uses within the study area to support the hierarchy of activity centres, with consideration given to the primacy of the Palmerston City Centre.

Further information is available within the Discussion Paper which is available to download from here – Stage One Discussion Paper.


Extract of Darwin Regional Land Use Plan

What is a Subregional Land Use Plan?

Subregional plans contain principles and objectives to give the community, industry and decision-makers confidence about future changes to land use. This subregional plan will build on the broad direction in the overarching Darwin Regional Land Use Plan (DRLUP) 2015.

Both the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan and subsidiary subregional plans use broad land use categories. These categories group land uses such as residential, commercial and community purpose land uses into an Urban classification. Peri-urban term refers to small rural land holdings and similar.

It is a long-term plan that provides for urban growth in key locations, supports rural land uses and protects environmental and cultural assets within the subregion.


The Planning Process

The Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan is being developed over three stages.

Stage One

Occurring from 27 May 2021 through to 25 June 2021, Stage One of the preparation of the Subregional Land Use Plan provided an opportunity for the community to get involved and provide comments and feedback on the Discussion Paper.

This stage involved information gathering and undertaking inquiries of the study area.

Responding to feedback received, the Planning Commission has renamed the project to now be referred as the Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan.

Read more about what we heard through Stage One and next steps in the Consultation Snapshot

Stage Two

A draft Subregional Land Use Plan will be released for comment.

The draft plan will be prepared taking into account feedback and information received during Stage One.

Stage Three

Feedback from Stage Two will be used by the Planning Commission to finalise the draft Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan.

The Planning Commission will then recommend that the Minister for Infrastructure Planning and Logistics include it into 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.

PESLUP 3-stage process image


Resources and Reading Material

Stage One

Background Resources