Darwin Regional Land Use Plan
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33 Waste The Shoal Bay Regional Waste Facility, that receives waste from transfer stations throughout the region, is the primary location for the storage and processing of waste. The facility has a limited lifespan dependent on, but not limited to, population growth, commercial and industrial productivity, and the extent of impact resulting from cyclonic events. A second regional waste facility will be required in a growing economy and as the population base expands. The identification of an appropriate site for a future regional waste facility will depend on the design of efficient systems to handle receipt, storage, treatment, recycling and/or disposal of waste. Ongoing investigations will involve stakeholders at all levels of government to identify a site suitable to provide an additional regional waste management facility to cater for recycling and organic waste, as well as normal domestic and industrial wastes. Site selection will be influenced by the final design of the facility and will be informed by consideration of potential negative impacts the facility may have on adjacent amenity. Transport Integrating transport and future land use is fundamental to ongoing sustainable development in the region. At the regional scale the imperative is to secure the necessary corridors for future infrastructure to provide efficient links between varying land uses and localities. Road Road based transport is likely to remain the primary transport system in the Darwin Region. As the region continues to grow the priority is to identify necessary corridors to provide interconnectivity and the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. Key arterial transport corridors identified on the land use structure in this plan will accommodate high capacity urban roads and premium public transport services. The identified corridors include the links to the strategic industry area at Glyde Point, links around the harbour and to Batchelor and the Weddell arterial linking the Stuart Highway to existing infrastructure at the Elizabeth River bridge. The Glyde Point corridor will provide convenient access between the existing port at East Arm and the future industrial area and between Murrumujuk and higher order urban services available in Palmerston. A second link from the Stuart Highway at Cox Peninsula Road to Glyde Point will connect the future industrial area to the major transport link to southern Australia and limit the potential impacts of heavy transport on the network in built up areas. Routes have been identified for future links that will be required to provide efficient connections between potential developments around the harbour including the second airport site on Blackmore Peninsula. Given the significant investment required for this link it will be a long term proposal in responding to future development of the airport and/or development on Cox Peninsula. The plan also identifies a number of roads which will be important in connecting proposed urban and peri-urban areas with higher order centres. These include the link from Noonamah to the Glyde Point arterial via Humpty Doo and the planned Middle Arm connector link between Cox Peninsula and Channel Island Roads. The original North Australian Rail corridor through Coomalie provides the opportunity for a future arterial link between Batchelor and Darwin River Dam Road with a possible future extension to Adelaide River. This will provide an alternative access to the region from the south and to the many tourist sites in the Coomalie area. It will also solve issues associated with historic land holdings in the north west of Coomalie. Active Transport The land use plan recognises the role of active transport (including cycling, walking and public transport) in fostering liveable and sustainable communities and the contribution it makes to transport networks particularly in, around and between urban and rural activity centres. Public transport is planned to remain road based, moving between the key nodes of Darwin Central Business area, Palmerston and Casuarina to provide an interconnected regional service. The demand for public transport services will grow in line with population growth and the development of new urban centres. The demand for public transport services will also be influenced by the ease of connectedness between residential and employment locations, network efficiency and cost. The demand for public transport will grow and thereby increase the viability of introducing other forms of public transport, including rapid bus lanes along LAND USE STRUCTURE