THE Northern Territory Government is seeking comments about the inclusion of the Darwin City Centre Master Plan as a guideline document in the NT Planning Scheme, which would require all development applications to demonstrate consideration of the plan.
The Darwin City Centre Master Plan, which has been endorsed by the City of Darwin, includes a blueprint and set of principles to guide Darwin's growth over the next 20 years, with a focus on liveability, connections into the CBD and potential areas for new development.
The Property Council of Australia's Director of the Northern Territory Division, Ruth Palmer, described the inclusion of the Master Plan to the NT Planning Scheme as welcome news for the Property Council and its members.
"We have been long advocating for the Darwin City Centre Masterplan to be finalised and endorsed to ensure we have strategic planning and guidelines in place that future developments and projects must follow," Ms Palmer said.
Ms Palmer added that it shows that the NT Government is committed to working with the City of Darwin to make our CBD vibrant and active.
"We need commitment from all tiers of Government, the private sector and the community to activate our CBD and to accommodate the expected population growth," she said.
"Darwin is the best place to live, work and play. The Master Plan has identified over 70 projects that will reinvigorate, reenergise and boost the local economy while also providing jobs for local Territorians.
"Darwin has an exciting future as long as we remain committed and have the right strategic planning that will see us continue to grow well into the future," Ms Palmer concluded.
The Darwin City Centre Master Plan was funded by the Australian Government ($250,000), the Northern Territory Government ($125,000) and the City of Darwin ($125,000).