Northern Territory

New dual occupancy housing rights proposed for Northern Territory

NORTHERN Territory's Chief Minister, Paul Henderson, this week announced a new housing initiative as part of the Territory Government's strategic housing package.

Under the initiative, the government is proposing to introduce a Dual Occupancy option to give owners of residential blocks of at least 1,000 square metres the opportunity to build a second residential dwelling onsite to promote alternative housing options.

"The Territory is going through a high growth phase, and we need to be flexible when it comes to our housing market… This announcement today is one part of our plan to create more housing options for Territorians," Mr Henderson said.

"Dual Occupancy will give owners of residential blocks of at least 1000 square metres the opportunity build a second residential dwelling onsite."

The proposed amendment to the NT Planning Scheme would allow dual occupancy development on land zoned SD (Single Dwelling Residential) in certain circumstances, such as where:

  • The lot has a site area of at least 1,000 square metres;
  • There is no dependent unit on the lot;
  • There are no more than two dwellings on the lot; and 
  • The development meets all the Planning Scheme requirements for multiple dwellings.

The Chief Minister said the new initiatives complement strategic housing initiatives already developed, including:

  • Extending the Build Bonus scheme until 30 June and increasing purchase limits to make building more attractive to buyers;
  • Calling for proposals to build a Short-Stay Accommodation Village in Marrara to increase temporary accommodation options; and
  • Establishment of a new Affordable Housing Rental Company to help low to middle income earners get into the rental market.

"These are carefully planned initiatives developed in line with the Territory 2030 strategy to maintain our enviable lifestyle and offer affordable, appropriate housing to meet the needs of all Territorians and our short-term guests," Mr Henderson said.

The proposal is open for public comment for 28 days from 3 February. Submissions will then be assessed by the independent Development Consent Authority. More information is available from the Northern Territory Lands Group website at <http://www.nt.gov.au/lands/planning/scheme/psa_exhibit.shtml>.

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