Darwin Regional Land Use Plan
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iii Darwin is a unique place a tropical, harbour city situated in a dynamic region, with a prosperous economy, diverse population, range of cultures, enjoyable lifestyle and magnificent natural environment. For Darwin, strategically positioned as Australias closest capital city to South-East Asia and a leader in advancing the development of Northern Australia, high quality regional planning is vital. As Darwin continues to grow, so too does the requirement for a regional land use plan that provides a clear, coherent framework for the future development of the city and the region. The key purpose of this Darwin Regional Land Use Plan 2015 is to identify the essential characteristics and needs that will shape future growth in the region and establish an overarching framework for future development. With the future growth of Darwins population together with continuing regional development, services and infrastructure will be expanded, and business, tourism, trade, education and other opportunities will be increased, reinforcing the status and important role of the city and the region in a national and international context. An important priority of the plan is to ensure that the Darwin Region continues to evolve as a place that is affordable, prosperous and sustainable, integrating existing and new urban areas to provide for individual character, identity, choice and a diversity of lifestyles for residents. This plan provides a strategic framework to anticipate and manage future growth in the Darwin Region. The framework and policy approach established by the plan will result in better integrated land use, transport and infrastructure planning, to deliver more sustainable and cost-effective outcomes, and provide for economic and community growth in balance with protection of the environment. This regional land use plan is the result of an extensive process that has involved broad consultation, incorporating strategic planning work undertaken by successive NT Governments and the NT Planning Commission, together with input from local government, key stakeholders and the community. I am pleased to endorse the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan 2015 which will provide a strong foundation for the continued growth and prosperity of the Darwin Region into the future. Hon Dave Tollner Minister for Lands and Planning June 2015 Foreword
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