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The Northern Territory Planning Commission

The Northern Territory Planning Commission will play an important role in ensuring that the planning system in the Northern Territory facilitates sustainable economic growth, protects environmental, cultural and heritage assets and connects people and place.

The Commission's primary role is to develop strategic plans and planning policies.  The Commission will undertake community consultation in preparing integrated strategic plans for regions, towns and centres.

As a secondary role, the Commission will advise on significant development proposals.  These proposals include projects that have a significant impact on the strategic planning of the Territory, the natural environment or existing amenity.

Under the Planning Act, the Commission must perform its functions and exercise its powers independently, impartially and in the public interest, taking into account the objects described in the Planning Act.

The functions of the Commission include:

  • preparing integrated strategic plans;
  • carrying out community consultation;
  • researching future land use and development, taking into account projected economic, social and demographic changes;
  • reviewing the NT Planning Scheme; and
  • preparing guidelines and assessment criteria.

Latest News

Keen community interest in Darwin Regional Land Use Plan

The preliminary planning document Towards a Darwin Regional Land Use Plan has stimulated a high level of interest amongst the community about the future of the Darwin Region, NT Planning Commission Chairman Gary Nairn said today.
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NTPC Chairman Update – March 2014

The second NT Planning Commission (NTPC) meeting for 2014 was held on the 18th March with a full agenda.


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Chairman's Report - Full Program for Planning Commission in 2014

The NT Planning Commission held its first full meeting for 2014 in late January. It had a full agenda signifying a very busy year ahead.

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