Darwin Regional Land Use Plan
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DARWIN REGIONAL LAND USE PLAN 2015 38 George Goyder set up camp at the foot of Fort Hill in 1869 and commenced the first surveys of land in the Northern Territory. This camp, which served as the Territorys first Lands Office and accommodated the incoming population, subsequently grew into the town of Palmerston (now Darwin). Darwin has evolved from these humble beginnings to become the vibrant capital of the Northern Territory and a critical hub of Australias north. The CBD of Darwin is the focus of significant economic activity and employment as the seat of government, and the primary regional commercial and tourist hub. Future infill and redevelopment opportunities within the urban area will enhance our unique lifestyle. Retail activity is focused on the regional centre at Casuarina in the northern suburbs with associated commercial and community uses. Broad hectare land with potential for development in Darwin is virtually exhausted. An increasing proportion of dwellings will be supplied by infill on remnant vacant sites or redevelopment of underdeveloped sites. Priority will be given to maintaining the character of existing suburbs while maximising self-containment through development of localised economies focused on activity centres close to high frequency public transport routes. Casuarina will be a focus of such development and in combination with walkable local activity centres will provide alternatives to car travel and increasing housing choice. Further detailed planning for specific activity centres and transport routes will be informed by ongoing community consultation. The Darwin Rates Act Area comprises land outside the Darwin Municipality and includes Charles Darwin National Park, Berrimah Farm and the East Arm Peninsula. The peninsula is the focus of significant regional industrial development and major transport infrastructure (railway and deep water port). Darwin Components: Darwin Municipality, Waterfront Precinct and the Darwin Rates Act Area Area Illustrated: 143 km2 Location: From Lee Point in the north to East Arm of Darwin Harbour in the west and south and east to Vanderlin Drive the Stuart Highway and Pinelands Population: 81 670 (ABS - June 2013 Estimated Resident Population) Characteristics: The dynamic and cosmopolitan capital city of the Northern Territory The Gardens, Stuart Park and Darwin City.
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