Northern Territory

NT Planning Minister announces dual occupancy review

NT Planning Minister Nicole Manison last week announced a review of planning policy surrounding dual occupancy which currently automatically allows for two homes to be built on single dwelling residential blocks greater than 1,000 square metres.

In announcing the review, Ms Manison said many people felt the decision to allow dual occupancy by the previous Country Liberal Party Government was rushed and more extensive consultation was required with Territorians to get it right.

Alice Springs, NT
Above: Alice Springs, Northern Territory / by CameliaTWU.

"Dual Occupancy could have a big impact on the Territory's cities and towns, and it is not a decision to be rushed like the previous Government. It is important that we take the time to get this right," Ms Manison said.

"An Interim Development Consent Order (IDCO) will be placed on dual occupancy applications which will allow more work to be done to determine whether the dual occupancy changes should continue."

"Since the changes were announced, one application has been received by government and that will be allowed to proceed through the Development Application stage, given it occurred prior to the IDCO being applied.

Ms Manison said the government had also been lobbied to reverse another decision by the previous CLP Government to rezone land for a residential development in The Gardens.

"In relation to the proposed Blake St development, the Government does not plan to intervene in the current process going forward to the Development Consent Authority.

"While many people, myself included, are on the record opposing the Blake St development, it is important that Government allow the process to go forward in the correct manner. It is at an advanced stage now and I do not intend to change the zoning in the development area.

"That would send the wrong signals to the development community who are entitled to certainty in planning matters in order to give certainty to their financial investment plans.

"However, the Government does not support rezoning any of the remaining undeveloped land in The Gardens. It is an important area close to our Botanic Gardens so planning for this area must be carefully considered.

"Urban planning is a complex process that requires deep thinking, genuine consultation and a real effort to engage all who have an interest in the process," Ms Manison said.

Photo: Alice Springs, Northern Territory / CameliaTWU / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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