THE Northern Territory Planning Commission has released a discussion paper to help inform the preparation of the Central Darwin Area Plan, which will provide long-term guidance for land use and development from Frances Bay and the Waterfront through to Cullen Bay and all areas in between.
Chairperson of the NT Planning Commission, David Ritchie, said the area plan for Central Darwin would bring together previous work and consultation with the views along with the current aspirations of the community.
The Territory Government has initiated a range of projects aimed at revitalising the Darwin CBD, and while these are distinct from the Planning Commission project, the Central Darwin Area Plan is expected to provide a framework to guide all land use into the long term.
"By building on what we already know about the area, we can create an Area Plan that encourages the integration of the CBD with surrounding areas, identifies appropriate areas for growth or change, and guides the efficient delivery of necessary infrastructure and services," Mr Ritchie said.
The release of the discussion paper and a dedicated website forms the first stage of the Central Darwin, with the public invited to attend pop-up stalls, information sessions, and drop in sessions across the city and surrounding suburbs over the coming weeks.
Feedback received during this stage will help the Planning Commission prepare a draft area plan that will be taken back to the community for comment in Stage 2 of the project.
"We would like to hear views and ideas from interested people. I encourage residents, landowners, businesses, and other users of the Central Darwin area to become involved and contribute positively to the area-planning process," Mr Ritchie concluded.
More information is available from the NT Planning Commission website at <https://planningcommission.nt.gov.au/projects/central-darwin-area-plan>.