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Annual Report 2013/2014 Northern Territory Planning Commission



Annual Report 2013/2014 Northern Territory Planning Commission

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PMS 401 PMS Cool Grey 11 PMS 173 Northern Territory Planning Commission | Annual Report 201314 14 The strategic location of the town, on major transport routes linking the Northern Territory to the rest of Australia, strengthens the role of the town for a wider region. Katherine has an increasingly important role as a regional centre and as a significant tourist destination. In June 2013, the Commission published a Consultation Paper for public comment. Land Forums for targeted stakeholders were held during July 2013. The local Katherine community raised numerous issues including population growth, water, tourism, indigenous and social housing, agriculture, horticulture and transport. Further details on the community consultation methods and process can be found at page 21. After considering feedback, the Katherine Land Use Plan was prepared and submitted to the Minister in November 2013. This plan positions the town to respond to potential growth in mining, tourism and agribusiness sectors in a way that meets the needs of residents and protects valued conservation, heritage and landscape assets. Features of the plan include: - urban residential growth on undeveloped land adjoining Katherine East - a possible future heavy vehicle bypass and a southern extension of Chambers Drive with a link to Giles Street to potentially address traffic management on Katherine Terrace - future development of an integrated transport hub adjacent to the railway - identification and protection of prime agricultural land - potential location for a future health precinct in Katherine East to accommodate a new hospital in the event that flood mitigation infrastructure to protect the existing facility is not feasible or economically viable The Katherine Land Use Plan was introduced into the NT Planning Scheme on 23 June 2014. Milestones Achieved - Hold Land Use Forums: 25 -26 July 2013 - Complete plan: 29 November 2013 Katherine Land Use Plan The Planning Commission completed the Katherine Land Use Plan that establishes a strategic framework for future development.