AFTER twelve months of consultation, stakeholder meetings and public feedback, the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan has been placed on its final public exhibition before being included in the Northern Territory Planning Scheme.
The plan, which was prepared by the NT Planning Commission, aims to shape future development in the Darwin region and establish an overarching framework for that development. It has been reviewed, amended and endorsed by the NT Government.
Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment Peter Chandler said the plan will guide the development of the Greater Darwin region for decades to come.
"The Northern Territory will experience immense growth in the coming decades and it's important we plan well to accommodate this growth," Mr Chandler said.
The Territory Government made two notable changes to the plan presented by the Planning Commission. The proposed 'Lake Elizabeth' has been removed and the site for the future city of Weddell has been moved slightly inland closer to the Stuart Highway.
"During the consultation process it became clear that there were mixed views on the damming of the Elizabeth River to create a lake, with many stakeholders indicating that they were opposed to the concept," Mr Chandler said.
"While the Planning Commission maintains this was good planning, government must respond to public opinion accordingly.
"Contrary to the rhetoric from the Opposition, Weddell is still very much on the government's plans for future growth. Slightly moving the site of Weddell better aligns the future city with existing transport corridors and services.
"Weddell is a plan for the long-term, right now the Country Liberals are dealing with the strong demand for land by fast tracking existing land and opening up new opportunities near existing services like Berrimah Farm and Holtze."
More information about the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan 2014 is available from the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment website at <http://www.lands.nt.gov.au/>. The amendment package is also available directly from this link (PDF: 36.01 MB).