Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Planning Commission
Tabled Paper 388
Tabled Papers for 14th Assembly 2020 -; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
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Northern Territory Government
Planning for Major Centres 15 | NORTHERN TERRITORY PLANNING COMMISSION Central Palmerston Area Plan Project status: Complete Palmerston is the family capital of the Territory. The NT Planning Commission has prepared the Central Palmerston Area Plan as a framework to guide growth and development for Central Palmerston that: prioritises investment in the Palmerston City Centre as an employment, living and entertainment hub; retains Yarrawonga as a key industry and employment hub for the Darwin Region; promotes a connected, multi-modal movement and transport network; and fosters improved amenity to create a sense of place for residents and visitors. The Area Plan returns the focus to the city centre and envisions Central Palmerston as a thriving destination, reflecting the energy and opportunities of the growing and diverse community. High quality built form and welcoming public spaces will further establish the city centre as an engaging civic heart with a focus on lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. Central Palmerston is to have a balanced mix of commercial, retail, community, residential and recreational opportunities, underpinned by an efficient multimodal transport network. The Central Palmerston Area Plan considers the role Central Palmerston plays in providing key services and employment opportunities to the wider region that includes East Arm, Holtze, Howard Springs, Coolalinga, Virginia and Humpty Doo, with focus areas being the Boulevard Precinct, North Link and South Link. Since 2017, the Planning Commission has undertaken extensive consultation over two stages. Feedback was collected from all areas of the community, including residents, landowners, local government, businesses and industry. Key outcomes sought by the community for Central Palmerston were for: more green spaces and shading; a welcoming City Centre; more recreation facilities for all age groups; and better walking and cycling experiences. Concerns have also been taken into consideration, including the key concern from the business community about the economic viability of the City Centre, noting the impact of addional commercial developments in Yarrawonga and the broader region. With consultation complete, the Planning Commission finalised the Area Plan and recommended the Minister consider amending the Planning Scheme to include the Central Palmerston Area Plan. Following a period of public exhibition and submissions, the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistic amended the NT Planning Scheme to include the Central Palmerston Area Plan as part of the strategic framework on 16 April 2021. The Central Palmerston Area Plan will now provide the future planning policy for Central Palmerston when assessing requests to vary planning scheme provisions, change land use and/or rezone land. Central Palmerston Area Plan
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