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Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Planning Commission



Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Planning Commission

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Tabled Paper 388


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21 | NORTHERN TERRITORY PLANNING COMMISSION Designing Better Project status: Ongoing Designing Better is a territory wide project that seeks to encourage and enable commercial, residential apartment and mixed use buildings in the Northern Territory to: respond to context and celebrate local and regional differences; respond to climate and contribute to the Territorys built form character; embrace innovation through flexible, best practice design solutions; and make great places that provide meaningful, vibrant and liveable spaces for people. Stage One of Designing Better consultation occurred over three sub-stages in 2019-20. Using the feedback received during Stage One, the Northern Territory Planning Commission prepared a suite of draft development requirements and guidance notes that specifically relate to apartment and mixed use buildings in: Zone MR (Medium Density Residential) Zone HR (High Density Residential) Zone CB (Central Business) Zone C (Commercial). The draft development requirements were central to the Planning Commissions second stage of engagement and were structured to give community and industry a clear understanding of what may be amended within Part 5 of the NT Planning Scheme 2020, should the proposed development requirements be included within the Scheme. Stage Two consultation was undertaken between 10 March 2021 and 16 April 2021. Over 1500 industry representatives and land owners were targeted via direct mail out and email to provide details of the project and encourage feedback, with more than 60 people across industry providing their views and input either by attending briefing sessions, one-on-one meetings, or via written submission. The key themes during consultation focused on: Density controls for apartments; Residential setbacks for apartments; and Height controls for mixed use building. While there were mixed views, overall stakeholders were supportive of policy and potential development requirements that promote better design outcomes, noting that the proposed recommendations will have positive impacts for streetscape, amenity, the built form and energy efficiency of buildings. With two stages of consultation complete, the Planning Commission looks forward to finalising the Designing Better draft development requirements and guidance notes and anticipates recommending those to the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics for consideration as a proposed Planning Scheme amendment in 2021-22. Reforming Planning Systems

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