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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 21 Public notice inviting comments on the Consultation Paper Towards a Katherine Land Use Plan Regional Economic Development Committees The Northern Territory Government established Regional Economic Development Committees to focus on strengthening and growing the economic base of the Territorys regional centres. They identify and prioritise local economic development opportunities, and develop and implement proposals that drive economic growth in the region. On 19 February 2014, the Planning Commission briefed the Katherine Regional Economic Development Committee on the Katherine Land Use Plan. The Commission explained the rationales and planning considerations around a regional transport hub, a second commercial centre, and population projections. The Commission also presented to the Alice Springs Regional Economic Development Committee on 24 June 2014 to introduce the Planning Commissions work to revitalise the Alice Springs CBD. Influencing and shaping plans Joint Select Committee on Developing Northern Australia On 17 February 2014, the Planning Commission made a submission to the Joint Select Committee on Developing Northern Australia. Its work specifically related to the Committees Terms of Reference such as identifying critical economic and social infrastructure needed to support long term growth, and ways to support planning and investment in that infrastructure. Gary Nairn, Chairman of the Planning Commission and James Teh, Manager of the Planning Commission Secretariat, appeared before the Joint Select Committee on 20 May 2014. Gary provided an overview on how the Planning Commissions strategic plans will position the Territorys regional centres to capitalise on opportunities arising from future development. Collaborating with the community and stakeholders Throughout 2013-14, the Planning Commission delivered 14 presentations to stakeholders. The Commission also used a variety of consultation methods and processes in developing strategic plans. These methods can include but are not limited to: - Land Use Forums - Discussion Papers - Public Information Displays, and - Letterdrops and Surveys In developing strategic plans and planning policy the Commission received 294 submissions. The Commission publishes discussion papers and information about its activities on the website. www.planningcommission.nt.gov.au Have your say on the Consultation Paper - Towards a Katherine Land Use Plan The Northern Territory Planning Commission (NTPC) has prepared a Consultation Paper Towards a Katherine Land Use Plan. The Consultation Paper identifi es future areas for industrial, residential, commercial and retail land. Katherine is ideally placed to capitalise on opportunities in mines and energy, agribusiness, defence and tourism. To ensure all stakeholders have an opportunity to comment on the Consultation Paper, the NTPC will hold various land use forums throughout July 2013. There will be an Information Open Day and display stall during the Katherine Show on 19-20 July 2013. The Consultation Paper is open for comment until Friday 2 August 2013. Comments and feedback can be sent to ntpc@nt.gov.au or via mail to: Northern Territory Planning Commission GPO Box 1680 DARWIN NT 0801 To download the Consultation Paper, visit www.planningcommission.nt.gov.au For further queries and to request hardcopies and CDs, contact the Planning Commission Secretariat on (08) 8924 7941 or ntpc@nt.gov.au Case Study 1: Planning for Katherine Extensive consultation was conducted by the Planning Commission with both the community and major stakeholders during preparation of the Katherine Land Use Plan. In preparing the Land Use Plan, the Commission took into account comments to a Consultation Paper that considered future land use in Katherine. The Consultation Paper was released for public comment from 14 June to 2 August 2013. The paper highlighted potential demand for industrial, residential, commercial and retail land, and the future potential impacts on valued environmental and productive assets. Four Land Use Forums were held in Katherine on 25-26 July 2013. The Forums were based around the themes of Urban and Rural Living, Economy, Sustainability and Infrastructure. Participants included representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, property development and real estate industries, Defence Force, community organisations, Territory government agencies and the Katherine Town Council. The local Katherine community raised numerous issues including population growth, water, tourism, indigenous and social housing, agriculture, horticulture and transport. A summary of feedback on the Consultation Paper was then prepared into a Summary Report. The report documented and discussed the major themes arising from the consultation. These reports also inform the community on the wide range of issues that must be considered in developing strategic plans. Public notice inviting comments on the Consultation Paper Towards a Katherine Land Use Plan Case Studies