Darwin Regional Land Use Plan
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17 Greenfield Development The land use plan also recognises the role of greenfield development in maintaining housing choice and mitigating housing affordability risks. The Lee Point locality in Darwins northern suburbs and the eastern suburbs of Palmerston are the final greenfield developments possible within existing urban boundaries. Without new greenfield development opportunities, completion of these two areas would result in sole reliance on infill development. Of the other opportunities for greenfield development in the region, some are close to established urban areas, while others are more remote but create opportunities for private sector contributions to urban development. Localities providing opportunities for both public and private development create synergies and the potential to improve the economic viability of providing the required major infrastructure. Holtze The Holtze locality (to the north of Palmerston within the Litchfield Municipality) is the selected site for a new hospital. Development of the hospital, on the northern side of the Stuart Highway opposite Temple Terrace, will create a focus for urban development of previously undeveloped land between the Palmerston CBD and Howard Springs Road. Preliminary concepts being considered for residential development in this locality include opportunities for mixed use and compact urban development in association with activity centres, traditional urban residential lots and rural residential lots. These concepts will be refined in the context of ongoing investigations related to the hospital and required new infrastructure. The early estimates suggest a potential total yield of 9500 dwellings, but will depend on these investigations. Future preparation of an Area Plan will provide opportunities for community consideration of the detailed concepts for future development. Weddell The future city of Weddell (south of Palmerston and bounded by the Elizabeth and Blackmore rivers, Middle Arm Peninsula and the Stuart Highway) has been a key component of all Darwin Regional plans since 1984. Scenarios for future development of Weddell and associated development areas around Hughes and Noonamah are evolving. Within this context Weddell remains a strategic opportunity to accommodate at least 40 000 residents. LAND USE STRUCTURE Greenfield Development
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