Katherine East Area Plan

Introduction

Aerial image of Katherine with boundaries of study area The Northern Territory Planning Commission has started work on developing an Area Plan for Katherine East.  The project is being referred to as Katherine East Area Plan.

This is an opportunity to build on the vision expressed in the Katherine Land Use Plan 2014 and ensure that it will be reflected in this plan.

Katherine is central to the regions' tourism, agribusiness and defence sectors and sits at the junction of the Stuart and Victoria Highway linking north to south and out to Western Australia.

Katherine is a major service provider to all communities from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the WA border.

Katherine East has been identified as the future suburban growth area of Katherine.  Long term land use planning will consider how and where development should occur to maximise investment in infrastructure, use land efficiently and create enjoyable spaces for people.

What are Area Plans?

Area Plans provide a detailed framework for land use change, to inform future rezoning decisions 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.

The Area Plan for Katherine East will build on the overarching direction provided by the Katherine Land Use Plan 2014. Planning is informed by population and infrastructure studies with stakeholder and community feedback being a key influence.

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 Katherine East Area Plan is being developed over three stages.

Stage One, happening now until 14 December 2018, includes the release of a discussion paper (8.9 mb) and first round of up front community consultation and the undertaking of background investigations.

Stage One in the preparation of the Katherine East Area Plan is an opportunity for the community to get involved and provide comments and feedback on the Katherine East Discussion Paper (8.9 mb).

3 stage process for creating an Area Plan - Stage 1 highlighted

Stage Two will  include the release of a draft Area Plan. The draft Area Plan will be prepared taking the community feedback and background investigations from Stage One into account.

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.

Get involved

Stage 1 consultation activities have now commenced.

You can get involved  by visiting us at Katherine Central or drop into one of our information sessions at the Katherine Government Centre and Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Cultural Centre. Event dates and times are listed below.

You can also provide a written submission.

All feedback from this consultation will help us develop the final Area Plan which will be recommended to the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics for public exhibition as a proposed Planning Scheme amendment.

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.

Date

Location

Event

Saturday 10 November 2018

8.00am - 12.00pm

Katherine Central Shopping Centre
(Woolworths Katherine)

Popup Stall

Tuesday 13 November 2018

1.00pm – 5.30pm

Katherine Central Shopping Centre
(Woolworths Katherine)

Popup Stall

Thursday 15 November 2018

6.00pm – 8.00pm

Katherine Government Centre

Community Information Session
(presentation and discussion from 6.00pm)

Friday 16 November 2018

12.00pm - 6.00pm

Katherine Central Shopping Centre
(Woolworths Katherine)

Popup stall

Saturday 17 November 2018

9.00am - 11.00am

Katherine YMCA
(Big Arts and Craft Market)

Popup stall

Saturday 17 November 2018

11.00am - 1.00pm

Cultural Centre

Community Information Session
(presentation and discussion from 11.00am)

Monday 19 November 2018

1.00pm  - 5.30pm

Katherine Central Shopping Centre
(Woolworths Katherine)

Popup Stall

Thursday 22 November 2018

6.00pm – 8.00pm

Katherine Government Centre

Community Information Session
(presentation and discussion from 6.00pm)

Friday 23 November 2018

12.00pm - 4.00pm

Katherine Central Shopping Centre
(Woolworths Katherine)

Popup stall

Saturday 24 November 2018

9.00am - 12.00pm

Council Chambers

Katherine Town Council

*Note venue updated as at 15/11/2018

Community Workshop

**This session has been rescheduled to combine with the workshop on
Saturday 1 December**

Monday 26 November 2018

1.00pm  - 5.30pm

Katherine Central Shopping Centre
(Woolworths Katherine)

Popup Stall

Saturday 1 December 2018

9.00am - 12.00pm

Council Chambers

Katherine Town Council

*Note venue updated as at 15/11/2018

Community Workshop

Please RSVP to attend

Note: It is recommended that people attending the workshop also attend one of the Community Information Sessions

 

Write to us

Use our contact form or send us an email or letter with your thoughts about the future of the Katherine East area

Katherine East Area Plan

NT Planning Commission

GPO Box 1680

DARWIN NT 0810

All feedback from this first stage of consultation will help us develop the draft Area Plan, for further consultation during Stage Two.