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The Northern Territory Planning Commission

An effective, independent and forward thinking leader in guiding strategic planning for the Northern Territory

The Planning Commission prepares strategic land use plans to manage growth in anticipation rather than in response.

The Planning Commission proactively sets the strategic framework for better integrated land use, transport and infrastructure planning, delivering more sustainable and cost-effective outcomes for the community, with sensitivity to environmental and heritage values.

We are an independent and advisory statutory authority that:

  • develops strategic plans and planning policies, and
  • advises on significant development proposals.

To commence this area planning process, the Planning Commission invites you to have your say on how the inner suburbs can meet the challenges associated with a growing population. 

Where you will see us next:
  • The Darwin Mall - 14 August (11.30am-2.00pm)
  • Winnellie Shopping Centre - 19 August (4.00-6.00pm)

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The locality of Holtze has been identified in the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan 2015 as suitable for future urban and peri-urban development.  With planning for the Palmerston Regional Hospital well underway, it is timely to consider the proposed land uses for the area adjacent to the hospital in more detail.

For this reason, and to provide certainty for future infrastructure needs in the area, the NT Planning Commission has consulted with the community on a draft Area Plan and proposed Planning Principles for the area.  

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The Planning Commission is reviewing planning scheme provisions for Alice Springs CBD.  A Discussion Paper and Draft Built Form Guidelines have been released and were on exhibition until Wednesday, 17 December, 2014.

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The Minister for Lands and Planning recently approved the final Darwin Regional Land Use Plan 2015 and has included the plan into the NT Planning Scheme.

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The Northern Territory Planning Commission thanks the community and stakeholders for providing feedback on the draft conceptual plan to guide the potential development of two sites at Myilly Point:

Community consultation on the draft conceptual plan was undertaken between 1 May and 11 June 2014.

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Latest News

Media Release - Statement by Gary Nairn AO, Chairman, NT Planning Commission

During a debate in the NT Legislative Assembly on 25 August 2015, the Member for Nelson, Gerry Wood, made a number of statements with respect to the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan and the inclusion of a plan of the Noonamah Hughes region. 

Nairn Statement on Woods


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Chairman's Update - June 2015

The most recent meeting of the NT Planning Commission (NTPC) held on 2 June 2015 was preceded by a site inspection to Holtze, the subject of a current Draft Area Plan.  All members attended the site inspection along with NTPC staff as well as Department of Lands, Planning & Environment (DLPE) staff.  While on site we also met with approximately 25 residents from Wallaby Holtze and Taylor Roads.

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NTPC Chairman's Update - April 2015

The second NTPC meeting for 2015 was held on the 14th April and it was the first for the newly constituted body following the expiry of the term of a number of members. Firstly, the new Minister for Lands & Planning, the Hon Dave Tollner MLA, determined that he would appoint only two of the possible additional five members as specified in the Planning Act thus allowing the secondment of additional members as required depending on the needs of individual planning projects.

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