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Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Planning Commission



Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Planning Commission

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ANNUAL REPORT 202021 | 2 Successful communities are not made by planners they are made by the people who live there. Understanding this, the work of the Planning Commission is to lay out a framework that enables safe, convenient, attractive and sustainable communities. This means understanding the needs of existing communities and giving them priority. This is why all plans prepared by the Commission are based on extensive engagement with affected communities and stakeholders. For much of this year, the restrictions necessary to keep Territory communities safe from Covid 19 required the Commission to adapt the way we engaged the community and stakeholders in our work. This was done by implementing a more comprehensive and user-friendly on-line service. Improved on-line services have had the welcome knock-on effect that the level of engagement by the community in Chairmans Message the work of the commission has increased significantly this year. This year the Commission completed planning and stakeholder engagement on the Central Palmerston Area Plan and the Gunn Point update to the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan. The Central Palmerston Area Plan was formally made part of NT Planning Scheme on 16 April 2021. The work to update the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan was in response to the increased interest in Gunn Point and new more reliable data on soil and groundwater capability from the Mapping the Future project. The Planning Commission is looking forward to working with the community throughout 2021 and 2022 to progress the Palmerston Environs Subregional Land Use Plan, and commencement of an Area Plan for Greater Holtze. The Planning Commissions work with the community and stakeholders to plan for these regional centres responds to the fact that this area continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in the Territory. Engagement with the community will provide an understanding of what the community most values, the demand for social and physical infrastructure and what land use changes will be needed to support anticipated future growth. As well as planning for individual communities, the Planning Commission has continued work on the all-embracing project on built form: Designing Better that will contribute to the Territorys unique character and encourage innovation. The commission is also working on a Territory wide scale in developing the NT Strategic Directions Planning Policy. This policy will sit at the apex of the strategic planning framework within the NT Planning Scheme 2020 and set broad objectives to be achieved across strategic planning and decision making in the Territory. Finally, I would like to welcome Allan McGill to the board and also thank fellow commissioners for maintaining their enthusiasm and support throughout a year of video conferencing. All of us on the Commission extend our thanks to our support staff who have adapted to the new working arrangements with energy, good humour and professionalism.