Palmerston City Centre and Periphery Area Plan

The Palmerston community is encouraged to get involved in the development of an Area Plan for Palmerston’s city centre and surrounding key employment centres.

The Commission is reviewing the Palmerston City Centre Planning Principles and Area Plan, with a view to providing the Palmerston community with a more contemporary Area Plan for the city centre and its periphery areas.

The draft Area Plan will build on previous work and studies done, and will incorporate land use, transport and infrastructure planning to deliver more cost effective outcomes for the community, while also considering environmental and heritage values.

The draft plan will also build on the comprehensive work done by City of Palmerston in developing its City Centre Master Plan, released in 2015.

The study area for the project will include the Palmerston Business District, Charles Darwin University, Yarrawonga, the Oasis Shopping Village, the Farrar medical precinct and the Palmerston Water Park.

Palmerston City Centre and Periphery Area Plan - aerial image with study area outlined. Study area includes the Palmerston CBD, Yarrawonga and university. Robertson Barracks and Palmerston Regional Hospital are noted as areas of influence.

The Area Planning process

The Planning Commission will develop the Area Plan over three stages:

Stage One from 10 November 2016 to 16 December 2016 includes the release of a discussion paper and first round of up front community consultation.

Stage Two 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, and be involved in, the preparation of this important strategic plan for Palmerston’s future

Come along to an information session, provide a written submission, or come along to one of our information stalls in local shopping centres during the next few weeks.

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

  • what you would envisage the future Palmerston CBD and periphery to include
  • what housing options should be available
  • how the CBD will interact with surrounding areas including Yarrawonga, Palmerston Regional Hospital and the Gateway retail complex
  • and other visions for the area
All feedback from this consultation will help us develop options for the draft Area Plan for further consultation in 2017.

Write to us

Use our contact form or send us an email or letter with your thoughts about the future of the Palmerston City Centre and surrounding areas.

  • Fill in the Contact form
  • Send an email to
  • Write to the Planning Commission at:

    Palmerston City Centre and Periphery Area Plan
    NT Planning Commission
    GPO Box 1680
    DARWIN NT 0810

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.


Thursday 10 November 2016

Industry briefing (by invitation)
Quest Palmerston

Saturday 12 November 2016
9.00am - 5.00pm

Palmerston Shopping Centre

Sunday 13 November 2016
9.00am - 3.00pm
Palmerston Recreation Centre
11 The Boulevard, Palmerston
Wednesday 16 November 2016
9.00am - 5.00pm
Palmerston Shopping Centre 
Wednesday 23 November 2016
9.00am - 5.00pm
Oasis Shopping Centre 
Friday 25 November 2016
9.00am - 7.00pm
Palmerston Shopping Centre 
Monday 28 November 2016
9.00am - 5.00pm
Oasis Shopping Centre 

Saturday 3 December 2016

2.00pm - 3.00pm - Information Session
3.00pm - 4.30pm - Drop in session

Palmerston Community Centre (Library)