Preparing a Subregional Land Use Plan for Holtze to Elizabeth River

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The Northern Territory Planning Commission has started Stage Two of a three-stage process to develop a subregional land use plan for the area surrounding Palmerston. The areas include Greater 11 Mile, Greater Holtze, Virginia South-West, Archer and Mitchell West.

The Northern Territory Planning Commission is pleased to release the first draft of the Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan (HESLUP) for comment.

A starting point in developing this first draft of the subregional plan is the message heard from the community during our first stage of consultation - that open space has community, economic, and environmental value and must be retained.

Stage One consultation was completed in June 2021, during which the Northern Territory Planning Commission sought input from the community on the Discussion Paper. More information on Stage One can be found in the Consultation Snapshot and Stage One Consultation Report.

The Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Plan will be a plan for the long-term and will shape the growth of the area into to the future. It will support a strategy of maintaining a supply of serviced land for development and include consideration of transport and service infrastructure as well as land capability and environmental values.

Average population growth in this subregion is expected to continue at approximately 2.5% p.a. The Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan will build on the overarching direction provided by the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan (2015) and prepare for change brought about by this population growth.

The draft subregional land use plan seeks to:

  • help the community to understand the challenges and contribute to a land use plan for the longer term.
  • respond to the opportunities and constraints present.
  • identify extensive areas for open space and/or conservation.
  • respond to expectations around recreational use of the Pine Forest, which is freehold land.
  • identify optimal land uses within the study area to support a hierarchy of activity centres, with consideration given to the primacy of the Palmerston City Centre.

Further information is available within the draft subregional land use plan and supporting documentation.

What is a Subregional Land Use Plan?

A Subregional Land Use Plan is part of the strategic framework that forms part of the NT Planning Scheme. Subregional plans contain principles and objectives to give the community, industry and decision-makers confidence about future changes to land use.

The Holtze to Elizabeth River subregional plan will build on the broad direction in the overarching Darwin Regional Land Use Plan (DRLUP) 2015.

Both the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan and subsidiary subregional plans use broad land use categories. These categories group rural land uses such as agriculture, horticulture and rural living into a ‘Rural’ classification. Similarly residential, commercial and community purpose land uses are categorised into an Urban classification. Peri-urban refers to small rural land holdings and similar.

It is a long-term plan that provides for urban growth in key locations, supports rural land uses and protects environmental and cultural assets within the subregion.

Find out more and get involved

The tabs below lead to further information and opportunities to provide feedback on the draft Subregional Land Use Plan.

Details of when and where you can talk to the Planning Commission team in person are coming soon.

There is a ‘Drop a Pin’ function available on the interactive map below. This is similar to a sticky note that supports comments being provided about an area that is of interest to you. For example if you would like to draw attention to an area of the remnant pine forest and provide some brief words on why that specific area is important, you can ‘drop a pin’ on the precise location.

The Northern Territory Planning Commission has started Stage Two of a three-stage process to develop a subregional land use plan for the area surrounding Palmerston. The areas include Greater 11 Mile, Greater Holtze, Virginia South-West, Archer and Mitchell West.

The Northern Territory Planning Commission is pleased to release the first draft of the Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan (HESLUP) for comment.

A starting point in developing this first draft of the subregional plan is the message heard from the community during our first stage of consultation - that open space has community, economic, and environmental value and must be retained.

Stage One consultation was completed in June 2021, during which the Northern Territory Planning Commission sought input from the community on the Discussion Paper. More information on Stage One can be found in the Consultation Snapshot and Stage One Consultation Report.

The Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Plan will be a plan for the long-term and will shape the growth of the area into to the future. It will support a strategy of maintaining a supply of serviced land for development and include consideration of transport and service infrastructure as well as land capability and environmental values.

Average population growth in this subregion is expected to continue at approximately 2.5% p.a. The Holtze to Elizabeth River Subregional Land Use Plan will build on the overarching direction provided by the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan (2015) and prepare for change brought about by this population growth.

The draft subregional land use plan seeks to:

  • help the community to understand the challenges and contribute to a land use plan for the longer term.
  • respond to the opportunities and constraints present.
  • identify extensive areas for open space and/or conservation.
  • respond to expectations around recreational use of the Pine Forest, which is freehold land.
  • identify optimal land uses within the study area to support a hierarchy of activity centres, with consideration given to the primacy of the Palmerston City Centre.

Further information is available within the draft subregional land use plan and supporting documentation.

What is a Subregional Land Use Plan?

A Subregional Land Use Plan is part of the strategic framework that forms part of the NT Planning Scheme. Subregional plans contain principles and objectives to give the community, industry and decision-makers confidence about future changes to land use.

The Holtze to Elizabeth River subregional plan will build on the broad direction in the overarching Darwin Regional Land Use Plan (DRLUP) 2015.

Both the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan and subsidiary subregional plans use broad land use categories. These categories group rural land uses such as agriculture, horticulture and rural living into a ‘Rural’ classification. Similarly residential, commercial and community purpose land uses are categorised into an Urban classification. Peri-urban refers to small rural land holdings and similar.

It is a long-term plan that provides for urban growth in key locations, supports rural land uses and protects environmental and cultural assets within the subregion.

Find out more and get involved

The tabs below lead to further information and opportunities to provide feedback on the draft Subregional Land Use Plan.

Details of when and where you can talk to the Planning Commission team in person are coming soon.

There is a ‘Drop a Pin’ function available on the interactive map below. This is similar to a sticky note that supports comments being provided about an area that is of interest to you. For example if you would like to draw attention to an area of the remnant pine forest and provide some brief words on why that specific area is important, you can ‘drop a pin’ on the precise location.

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Do you have a place of interest that you think should be considered in the draft Subregional Land Use Plan? 

Click on the + symbol to grab a pin and drop it on the map. Use the comments field to let us know about that place and why it is important to you.

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Page last updated: 30 November 2021, 12:00