Katherine East Area Plan

Introduction

Map - Draft Katherine East Area Plan, including capable land The Northern Territory Planning Commission is now commencing the second stage of community consultation on draft Area Plan for the suburb of Katherine East.

This is an opportunity to build on the vision expressed in the Katherine Land Use Plan 2014 and to provide long-term guidance for land use and development in both residential and commercial land in Katherine East.  The Katherine community are being asked to have a say on planning for important land uses in Katherine East, including the three focus areas.

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.

What are Area Plans?

Area Plans are land use and development policies within the Northern Territory Planning Scheme which guide the future use and development of land and provide a detailed framework for land use change.  These plans contain planning principles and objectives to give the community, industry, and decision-makers confidence and understanding about potential land uses.

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 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.

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 1999, including public exhibition.

The draft Katherine East Area Plan

The draft Katherine East Area Plan builds on the overarching direction provided by the Katherine Land Use Plan 2014.

Community feedback will be a key influence in assisting in preparing the Area Plan. Preparing the Area Plan also provides an opportunity for services authorities like Power and Water Corporation and local councils to plan for future infrastructure services such as power, water, sewerage, roads and drainage.

The draft Area Plan is  supported by a draft Land Capability and Needs Assessment document, which contains a record of investigations, and additional studies that were undertaken during stage one.  The intention of the Needs Assessment is to sit within the background documents section of the NT Planning Scheme.  It is recommend that where there are questions about interpretation or policy position of the draft Area Plan that the Needs Assessment is utilised as a reference.

The process to create the Area Plan

The Katherine East Area Plan is being developed over three stages.

Stage one occurred from 9 November 2018 to 14 December 2018, and included the release of a discussion paper and community consultation.

Stage Two is happening now until Friday 21 June 2019 and includes the release of the Draft Area Plan (11.5 mb) and the Draft Land Capability and Needs Assessments (12.6 mb) for consultation.

3 stage process image. Stage 2 is highlighted as the current 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.

Get involved

Stage Two is an opportunity for you to be involved in the planning process.

All feedback received will help us develop the final Area Plan, so come and visit the community information displays at Equalitea Café or stop past our pop-stalls at Katherine Community Markets or Katherine Central Shopping Centre during the next few weeks.

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.

DateLocationEvent
Saturday 18 May
8.00am to 1.00pm
Katherine Community Markets
(Lindsay Street)
Pop-up Stall
Friday 24 May 
10.30am to 3.00pm
Equalitea Café
(First Street)
Community Information
(talk to a planner)
Saturday 25 May
8.30am to 1.00pm
Tourist Information Centre Pop-up Stall
Friday 31 May
10.30am to 3.00pm
Equalitea Café
(First Street)
Community Information
(talk to a planner)
Thursday 6 June
10.00am to 2.00pm
Katherine Central Shopping Centre Pop-up Stall
Friday 14 June
10.30am to 3.00pm
Equalitea Café
(First Street)
Community Information
(talk to a planner)
Saturday 15 June
8.00am to 1.00pm
Katherine Community Markets
(Lindsay Street)
Pop-up Stall
Tuesday 18 June 
10.00am to 2.00pm
Katherine Central Shopping Centre Pop-up Stall

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