Darwin Regional Land Use Plan
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57 REGIONAL CONTEXT AND POLICIES Land may be inherently suitable for a range of land uses, so the balance in deciding which use is to be preferred will be determined by other factors, such as the extent of the land available and values of the competing land uses to the community. Another consideration may be potential impacts on the natural environment and sustaining regional resources. For example, groundwater resources may present opportunities for development on land above the aquifers to exploit the water resource. However, if the land use is not appropriate, the resource may be irrevocably polluted or accelerated runoff associated with development might deny the essential annual recharge to ensure the resource is sustainable. The lack of underlying aquifers may be seen as a constraint but, equally, can be perceived as an opportunity to locate development where aquifer pollution and interruption of recharge are avoided. Climatic, amenity and functional factors may also influence land uses being planned and established in locations where the natural land capability is poor. For example, the location of efficient port infrastructure must be influenced by marine conditions even if construction costs and impacts on coastal environments present challenges. Premium urban residential developments may be located where topography or coastal proximity provide views and cooling breezes, despite underlying rocky soils with poor land suitability for use and extra costs associated with providing services and constructing dwellings. Notwithstanding the variable considerations, mapping soils, vegetation and landform (presented as land units) provide a useful guide to identifying the suitability of land to various uses. The Darwin Region does present challenges for some land uses, but responsible planning can identify opportunities leading to positive outcomes. Source: NT Department of Land Resource Management, Flora and Fauna Sites of Conservation Significance
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