Darwin Regional Land Use Plan
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DARWIN REGIONAL LAND USE PLAN 2015 24 Coolalinga Rural Activity Centres Litchfield The early 1980s saw rural district centres identified to provide local community facilities and services for the increasing rural population. The lack of water supply and sewerage infrastructure has generally constrained the concentration of activities envisaged in these centres. The exception has been Humpty Doo, where reticulated water and sewerage supported development, over time, of a wide range of activities including commercial, service commercial, light industry, community uses and some urban style residential. Large rural lifestyle lots continue to be valued by many and this regional plan generally endorses continuing the rural land uses and lifestyles. However, there is increasing interest in alternatives to larger lots, particularly from some older residents seeking retirement options and younger people seeking more affordable options to enter the housing market. The availability of some undeveloped land close to existing and planned centres creates opportunities to establish the viability of essential service infrastructure, the critical population mass required to support a concentration of activities and increased housing choice outside urban areas. Smaller appropriately serviced residential lots in rural activity centres could also increase the sustainability of larger rural lifestyle lots by reducing the impacts of future population growth on natural resources, particularly groundwater, and expanding local facilities and services and new employment opportunities. The land use plan recognises the benefits accruing from the development of appropriately serviced rural activity centres. These benefits will include housing affordability, local employment opportunities, environmental and economic sustainability, strong and connected communities, and accommodating continued regional growth without compromising the amenity of established rural living areas, the environment or natural resources. The range of uses and infrastructure provision within each of the centres will depend on the preparation of Area Plans. These plans will be informed by detailed planning which has been undertaken in recent years and by ongoing investigations focusing on the identification of synergies between opportunities for a range of land uses and the provision of infrastructure. The underlying aim of detailed planning for rural activity centres will be to enhance the range and scale of local facilities and services and housing choice available to existing and future residents in the sub-region. A priority of this work will be the identification of the core of the centre proving commercial and community facilities and urban residential lots and a transition of density to minimise impacts of these centres on the amenity of the majority of the established rural lifestyle areas. Although the Howard Springs Pine Forest has been the subject of ongoing discussion over many years there has been only limited investigation or consideration of future opportunities. The identification of the area as a rural activity centre recognises the potential for the future development of this strategic site to provide increased Howard Springs Berry Springs Humpty Doo residential options in the rural area while recognising the need for future investigation and planning to establish detailed proposals. While the Hughes and Noonamah locality is identified as an urban and peri-urban area that will support an extensive range of facilities and services, it is likely initial development will be served by a limited range of services effectively akin to a rural activity centre. Finniss Previous regional land use plans identified the potential for appropriately located and serviced centres in the Finniss Subregion to meet the needs of residents on existing and planned rural lifestyle lots. This land use plan continues to recognise the long term potential for rural activity centres to provide a range of community and commercial land integrated with some smaller residential lots if a suitable, sustainable and reticulated water supply can be established at appropriate sites.
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