NORTHERN TERRITORY Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Nicole Manison, last week announced the start of a process to improve the Territory's planning system and create a shared vision for the future, with the release of a new discussion paper.
Ms Manison described the 'Planning for a Vibrant Future and Planning Reform – Review, Reframe, Renew' discussion paper as a significant step towards creating a planning system that is accessible, progressive, considered and shared by all Territorians.
"Planning for a Vibrant Future sets out a strategic vision for the Territory, from Darwin to Alice Springs and all areas in between. It sets out a proposed vision for our cities and towns, which considers all elements from population growth to economic development, infrastructure to community character and culture," the Minister said.
"Every region needs to plan strategically for the future. I really encourage your feedback on this Territory vision document. It's important we set our vision for the Territory together.
"The Planning Reform – Review, Reframe, Renew gets down to the detail of planning, how planning decisions are made and how the process works."
According to the Ms Manison, the document was informed by the six principles of:
- Providing certainty;
- Balancing competing interests;
- Ensuring transparency;
- Reducing complexity;
- Incorporating meaningful community participation and consultation; and
- Expanding opportunities for decisions to be reviewed.
More information is available from the NT Government's 'Have Your Say' website at <https://haveyoursay.nt.gov.au/planningsystemreform>. The consultation period ends on 8 December 2017.