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Darwin Regional Land Use Plan



Darwin Regional Land Use Plan


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Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment

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Darwin (N.T.)

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15 LAND USE STRUCTURE Urban and Peri-Urban Residential Key Urban and Peri-Urban Residential Objectives Identify sufficient suitable opportunities for residential development to ensure an ongoing supply of lots to meet market demand. Encourage a diverse range of dwelling types and residential localities to cater for changing demographics (including single person households and an ageing population), to meet increasingly diverse community aspirations and minimise the impacts of development on established localities. Focus urban and peri-urban development close to established areas or collocated in localities suitable for such uses to enhance the economic viability of required infrastructure. Encourage detailed design that: recognises the contribution natural and cultural sites make to urban character provides for appropriate protection and maintenance of natural and conservation areas is climatically appropriate and avoids the creation of heat islands. Infill Development Over recent years there has been an increasing recognition of infrastructure efficiencies associated with more compact urban forms. As the population of the region continues to grow, the need to balance infill and greenfield development and to achieve a more compact urban form has become a prominent influence on the regional land use structure. The land use plan supports ongoing infill residential development, particularly on underutilised land close to existing transport networks and community or commercial facilities, and where there is potential for mixed-use activity centres. The plan is predicated on the opportunities increased residential densities close to such centres create for improved public transport and for local employment and the associated reduced need for commuter travel. Infill development in areas readily accessible to public transport and local facilities and services will help minimise the impacts of increasing population growth in the region on the majority of existing residential areas. Some sites previously used for industrial purposes may require remediation to address contamination. The potential for appropriate infill development is also influenced by property ownership and the need to upgrade service infrastructure. Irrespective of ownership and assessment of servicing requirements, completing necessary amendments to planning provisions is often a lengthy process requiring consideration of the impacts of such development on established use and development. Examples of recent infill residential developments include: The Heights, Durack a residential community on land previously part of the Charles Darwin University campus, close to the Palmerston CBD The Avenue, Parap a mixed use activity centre on land previously used for industrial purposes. Sites with potential for infill residential developments include: Berrimah Farm the old Darwin Hospital site and Myilly Point former fuel storage sites on the fringe of the Darwin CBD Motor Vehicle Registry site in Parap the Government Bus Depot site in Stuart Park various older public housing sites such as Kurringal Flats in Fannie Bay strategically located underdeveloped sites such as Darwin Post Office and the old Woolworths building in the Darwin CBD. Potential for residential development in association with activity centres is discussed at page 20. The Avenue in Parap

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