NORTHERN Territory Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment, Peter Chandler, last week announced the inclusion of the Katherine Land Use Plan within the NT Planning Scheme, following approval of Amendment No. 343.
Mr Chandler said the Katherine Land Use Plan is the first major piece of work from the NT Planning Commission and he described it as a plan that will establish the strategic direction for future development and place the town in a position to respond to opportunities for growth.
"Katherine will grow as a regional hub for mining, agriculture and defence and it is important this growth is underpinned with good planning," the Minister said.
"The plan makes specific mention of the importance of protecting the conservation, heritage and landscape values of the region.
"Evidence of the plan's priorities are already happening on the ground with a development agreement for a new residential subdivision in Katherine East signed earlier this month with local company Downes Graderways."
Mr Chandler said that when complete, the new residential development in Katherine East will accommodate more than 1,500 people and boost Katherine's population by almost 25 per cent.
In preparing the Katherine Land Use Plan, the Planning Commission considered comments to a Consultation Paper and insights from local stakeholders in a series of targeted Land Use Forums in 2013.
More information about the NT Planning Scheme Amendment No. 343 is available from the NT Government's Land and Planning Services website at <http://www.lands.nt.gov.au/>.