Humpty Doo Rural Activity Centre


The Commission wants to hear from local land owners, residents and businesses to help prepare an Area Plan for the Humpty Doo Rural Activity Centre.

Creating an Area Plan follows the inclusion of the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan in the NT Planning Scheme in July 2016. The Subregional Land Use Plan introduced land use concept plans for Litchfield’s Rural Activity Centres, including Humpty Doo.

Our focus on planning in the Activity Centre will help maintain the amenity and lifestyle of the rural area, ensuring there are reticulated services available to the growing population, and help protect the rural area from ribbon development.

Whilst the land use concept plan for Humpty Doo in the Subregional Plan provides a high level vision for the locality, the Area Plan will provide a decision making framework to inform future rezoning and development decisions.

Area Plans do not automatically rezone land. Any applications for rezoning must be made through the Minister responsible for administrating the Planning Act.

The additional guidance from an Area Plan will give certainty and confidence to all stakeholders, including current and future residents, landowners and investors, service providers and government agencies, to help us plan for the future.

What are Area Plans?

Area Plans provide a detailed framework for land use change, to guide the future use and development of land. There are two main components to an Area Plan. The map shows where opportunities for land use change exist, while the planning principles clarify the vision and requirements that apply to future development in the areas covered by the Area Plan.

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.

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.

The process to create the Area Plan

The Planning Commission will develop the Humpty Doo Rural Activity Plan over three stages:

Stage One happening through to 29 March 2018 includes the release of a discussion paper and the first round of up front community consultation.

The Commission will also be engaging with the Humpty Doo Community Advisory Group members.

At the same time as stage 1 activities, consultants will be coordinating information from service authorities about the current infrastructure capacity, and will start to develop an infrastructure strategy to support growth within the Rural Activity Centre and transition area.

Humpty Doo Rural Activity Centre Area Plan - Three Stage process.

Stage Two is expected in 2018. This stage will include preparing options for a draft Area Plan based on community feedback and other information obtained during stage 1.  There will be opportunities for further community consultation at this stage.

Stage Three is the final stage of the project.  The Planning Commission will finalise and recommend the Area Plan and associated documents to the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics for public exhibition as a proposed amendment to the Northern Territory Planning Scheme.

Resources and reading material

Background Resources

Get involved

Learn about, be involved in, the preparations of this important strategic plan to guide the future development of the Humpty Doo Rural Activity Centre.

Come along to an information session, provide a written submission, or drop into one of our information stalls at the Humpty Doo Woolworths and Coolalinga Central during the next few weeks.

Stage 1 of the public consultation, happening now is an opportunity for you to be involved in the planning process by telling us:

  • How you see Humpty Doo changing over time to provide housing options and commercial opportunities?
  • What range of housing types and building heights should be considered, and how far should new residential growth extend?
  • How could local traffic be managed to maintain a pedestrian-friendly environment around the commercial centre?
  • How could mosquito breeding be managed without adversely impacting the natural amenity of the lagoons/waterways

These questions are just the starting point – use them to help you with writing a submission or asking for further information.

All feedback from this consultation will help us develop options for the draft Area Plan for further consideration in 2018.

Write to us

Use our contact form or send us an email or letter with your thoughts about the future of the Humpty Doo Rural Activity Centre.

Humpty Doo Rural Activity Centre Area Plan

NT Planning Commission

GPO Box 1680


Come and talk to us

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




Tuesday 20 February 2018

3.00pm – 6.00pm

Woolworths Humpty Doo

Popup Stall

Thursday 22 February 2018

3.00pm – 6.00pm

Woolworths Humpty Doo

Popup Stall

Friday 23 February 2018

11.30am – 8.00pm

Coolalinga Centre

Popup Stall

Saturday 24 February 2018

8.00am – 1.00pm

Freds Pass Markets

Popup Stall

Tuesday 27 February 2018

6.00pm – 8.00pm

Taminmin College

Community Information Session

Thursday 1 March 2018

3.00pm to 6.00pm

Woolworths Humpty Doo

Popup Stall

Saturday 3 March 2018

10.00am – 12.00pm

Taminmin College

Community Information Session

Tuesday 6 March 2018

6.00pm – 8.00

Taminmin College

Community Information Session

Friday 9 March 2018

3.00pm – 6.00pm

Woolworths Humpty Doo

Popup Stall

Saturday 10 March 2018

9.00am – 12.00pm

Taminmin College


(Register for this event via email to

Wednesday 14 March 2018

3.00pm – 6.00pm

Woolworths Humpty Doo

Popup Stall


The workshop previously planned for Sat 17 March has been rescheduled. The workshop will now be held on:

Saturday 24 March 2018.

Taminmin College, Challoner Circuit

9.00am to 12.00pm

Saturday 17 March 2018

9.00am – 12.00pm

Taminmin College


If you have previously registered to attend the event, there is no need to re-register.

If you have not registered, and would like to attend the workshop on Saturday 24 March please email

*To attend the Workshops you must register prior to the event. This can be done at our popup stalls, information sessions or via email