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Darwin Regional Land Use Plan



Darwin Regional Land Use Plan


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Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment

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Darwin (N.T.)

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49 14% 18% 14%27% 27% Table 3 - Short Term Forecast Dwellings by Greenfield and Infill. Greenfield Dwellings Darwin Northern Suburbs 680 Palmerston and Litchfield 2 220 Sub-Total 2 900 Infill Dwellings Darwin CBD 930 Darwin Inner Suburbs 800 Darwin Northern Suburbs 360 Palmerston and Litchfield 770 Sub-Total 2 800 Total 5 700 Long term projections suggest that 48 000 additional dwellings will be required to cater for a further population growth of 100 000 people. With existing development areas such as Palmerston nearing capacity, new opportunities for greenfield development will be required. Infill development will continue to provide dwelling stock in areas where opportunities exist. Land for Retail Development As population growth has a direct relationship with retail expenditure growth; demand for retail floor area will increase as the population increases. Figure 2 compares retail spending behaviour of Darwin Region residents with the Non-Metropolitan NT and Australian averages. Retail spending per person of Darwin residents is slightly above the Non-Metro average and about 14 per cent more than the national average. While some of this spending will be online, the above average figure may suggest that the present Darwin population supports larger retail floor area per person than the Australian average. However, it may also reflect typically higher retail prices in Darwin than the Australian average. This would mean future retail floor space requirements may not differ greatly from the per person Australian average. Also, with the trend towards more online spending, future demands in floor space may be more in warehousing than retail. Figure 2 - Retail Spending per Person REGIONAL CONTEXT AND POLICIES Figure 3 - Retail Floor Space Comparison Darwin 2.2 m2 per person 2.48 m2 per person Australian Average As shown in Figure 3, Darwin exhibits an unusual retail hierarchy when floor space provision is compared with the Australian average. The focus on the provision of floor space is in principal activity centres at the expense of neighbourhood and local centres.

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