Darwin Regional Land Use Plan
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DARWIN REGIONAL LAND USE PLAN 2015 22 Because of the dynamic nature of retailing it is unlikely that all proposed future development will necessarily fit within the identified Activity Centre Hierarchy. To minimise the impacts of out of centre or out of sequence development, individual proposals should be considered in the context of detailed evaluation of existing and future retail demand, the implications on roles and functions of established centres and the hierarchy and net community benefit that may be delivered by the project. A range of vibrant activity centres throughout the region will contribute to improving the efficiency of transport systems and to the creation of walkable, healthy communities. The centres will be the focus of higher density residential development to improve housing choice and affordability and to assist in addressing the increasingly diverse aspirations of residents in relation to preferred lifestyle and type and cost of housing. Identification of the Activity Centre Hierarchy and factors which should be considered in determining the appropriate location, role and function of future centres The draft Darwin City Centre Masterplan (funded by the City of Darwin, the Northern Territory Government and Australian Government) provides a blueprint to guide growth of the CBD. The vision outlined in the draft is: Darwin is Australias northern gateway capital city Darwins city centre is the primary urban place in the region Darwins city centre is a great place to live, work, play and shop and is the priority setting for officebased employment Darwins city centre is an exciting, engaging and inclusive place Darwin city centre clearly reflects the tropical lifestyle of Darwin. Although the Darwin City Centre Masterplan has not yet been finalised, the redevelopment of the inner city into a vibrant hub providing a range of activities including residential, retail, commercial, entertainment, tourism, recreation and education is well underway. The final masterplan will provide detailed principles to guide future development of the centre as the preeminent centre of the region serving local residents and visitors. The Darwin CBD services are augmented by the hierarchy of primary, secondary, local and bulky goods/ specialised activity centres distributed across the urban areas. Each of these centres fulfils significant economic, commercial and retail functions with individual characteristics influenced by location and catchment populations. Both Casuarina and Palmerston localities have primary activity centres incorporating full line discount department stores and supermarkets. The elevated retail role of these centres contributes to their ability to draw from a wider catchment and support a mix of commercial, service, community, social and entertainment facilities. The Casuarina centre has to date developed as a traditional centre servicing the entire region. Current expansion proposals include a department store and student accommodation serving the nearby Charles Darwin University. There is potential for further expansion of the centre and its ability to serve the broader region. establishes framework to inform more detailed planning and consideration of individual proposals. Darwin CBD performs a critical capital city role and higher order function and is the dominant commercial, cultural, administrative, tourist and civic centre. Previous investments, combined with its historical significance as the home of the administration of the Northern Territory, suggest it will retain its role as the predominant centre of the region. The potential for a critical mass in terms of residential density is important as it will support the continued planning of the Darwin CBD as the key node offering international standard lifestyle and amenity. From a floor space allocation perspective this would mean: a focus on quality office precincts planning for residential environments planning for tourism experiences planning for gaps in the retail market. Darwin City Casuarina Square
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