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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.


The draft Alice Springs Regional Land Use Plan is available for comment until mid-December 2015.  The plan will establish a long term vision and framework for future development in the region.



The Darwin Inner Suburbs Draft Area Plan is the culmination of two months of community consultations and infrastructure studies to plan for our growing community.

Find out more and see our schedule for consultations.

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The Planning Commission is seeking community feedback upfront on a discussion paper for the development process of the Darwin Mid Suburbs Area Plans.




The Planning Commission is seeking community feedback upfront on a consultation paper for the development process of the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan.

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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

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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NT Planning Commission (NTPC) 2014-17 Strategic Plan

The NTPC finalised the 2014-17 Strategic Plan at the 14th meeting on the 17th February 2015. The Strategic Plan is a high level document that articulates the NTPC’s vision, priorities and projects over a three-year period.  It is intended to be a flexible document whereby projects can be added as the need arises.

NT Planning Commission (NTPC) 2014-17 Strategic Plan


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