THE Northern Territory Planning Commission last week announced the public exhibition of the Darwin Mid Suburbs Draft Area Plan, which provides a framework to guide and manage change into the future.
"The Draft Area Plan is Stage 2 of our consultation process and follows preliminary consultations in November 2015 with community and stakeholders," said Planning Commission Chairman, Gary Nairn.
"This is a long-term plan that will ensure future land use in the Mid Suburbs keeps pace with the changing needs of our community while retaining the tropical character of the area," he said.
"In Stage 1, we wrote to around 10,000 residents and property owners and spoke with around 200 people at industry and group meetings, shopping centres and markets. We met with industry, government and community stakeholders and held community meetings and a design workshop.
"We received 29 submissions and a wide range of face-to-face feedback about the issues that matter to the Darwin Mid Suburbs.
"This feedback has been used to help shape the Draft Plan. We have also incorporated the results of several recent infrastructure studies, including social infrastructure, to assist in planning any upgrades to essential services.
"Planning is a detailed and complex process that works best when the community and stakeholder engage with planners at multiple points along the planning journey.
"The draft plan is ready for you to view and discuss with us. We will again hold information stalls at local markets and shopping centres – details will be on our website," Mr Nairn said.
Stage 2 consultations continue until 24 March 2016. A revised plan will then be developed for exhibition as a proposed Planning Scheme Amendment within the Northern Territory Planning Scheme.