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Planning Reform Phase 2 Stage 1 was an opportunity to progress economic recovery actions that address recommendations from the Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission (TERC).

These actions focus on streamlining regulatory processes to reduce application timeframes, while maintaining necessary standards and protections.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is proposing amendments to the NT Planning Scheme 2020 that create opportunity for the streamlining of planning processes while maintaining the influence of strategic land use planning that:

  • incorporate local design responses from area plans into location specific development requirements (LSDRs), to more succinctly inform design and decision making about developments in strategic locations;
  • increase the number of low risk uses that can be interchanged in commercial zones without the need for a development application; and
  • move some uses to permitted and simpler assessment categories within specific zones.

The proposed amendments aim to further enhance the planning system following the implementation of phase 1 reforms in July 2020. They ensure that the wishes of the community and industry, reflected in the area plans, will meaningfully guide development and influence decisions.

Parallel to this work, the NT Planning Commission has, over the past two years, been progressing the Designing Better project. Designing Better is an initiative that aims to better facilitate the achievement of best practice design outcomes in apartment and mixed use development.

Both projects seek to improve processes and outcomes relating to the design of buildings and place. This will be achieved though changes to the development requirements in the planning scheme.

The Planning Reform team prepared a single, comprehensive planning scheme amendment that concluded exhibition on Friday 4 March 2022.

The amendment seeks to incorporate economic recovery actions and Designing Better into the NT Planning Scheme 2020 by:

  • introducing Overlay 3.12 GL – Gateway Locations
  • amending components of Part 4 (Zones and Assessment Tables) and Part 5 (Development Requirements)
  • amending Schedule 2.2. (General Definitions)

For more information on the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics’ Economic Recovery Actions project, visit the Planning Reform website.

For more information on the Designing Better project, visit the NT Planning Commission’s website or here on Have Your Say.


Planning Reform Phase 2 Stage 1 was an opportunity to progress economic recovery actions that address recommendations from the Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission (TERC).

These actions focus on streamlining regulatory processes to reduce application timeframes, while maintaining necessary standards and protections.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is proposing amendments to the NT Planning Scheme 2020 that create opportunity for the streamlining of planning processes while maintaining the influence of strategic land use planning that:

  • incorporate local design responses from area plans into location specific development requirements (LSDRs), to more succinctly inform design and decision making about developments in strategic locations;
  • increase the number of low risk uses that can be interchanged in commercial zones without the need for a development application; and
  • move some uses to permitted and simpler assessment categories within specific zones.

The proposed amendments aim to further enhance the planning system following the implementation of phase 1 reforms in July 2020. They ensure that the wishes of the community and industry, reflected in the area plans, will meaningfully guide development and influence decisions.

Parallel to this work, the NT Planning Commission has, over the past two years, been progressing the Designing Better project. Designing Better is an initiative that aims to better facilitate the achievement of best practice design outcomes in apartment and mixed use development.

Both projects seek to improve processes and outcomes relating to the design of buildings and place. This will be achieved though changes to the development requirements in the planning scheme.

The Planning Reform team prepared a single, comprehensive planning scheme amendment that concluded exhibition on Friday 4 March 2022.

The amendment seeks to incorporate economic recovery actions and Designing Better into the NT Planning Scheme 2020 by:

  • introducing Overlay 3.12 GL – Gateway Locations
  • amending components of Part 4 (Zones and Assessment Tables) and Part 5 (Development Requirements)
  • amending Schedule 2.2. (General Definitions)

For more information on the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics’ Economic Recovery Actions project, visit the Planning Reform website.

For more information on the Designing Better project, visit the NT Planning Commission’s website or here on Have Your Say.


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    The following documents formed the exhibition package for the planning scheme amendment:

    Information Documents

    Summary Paper

    A high level introduction to the proposed amendments

    Detailed Information Paper

    An in-depth explanation of the proposed changes to support interpretation of the Integrated Schedule of Amendments

    Proposed Amendment

    Integrated Schedule of Amendments

    A consolidated, ‘clean’ version of all the proposed changes integrated with the relevant parts of the planning scheme

    Technical Documents

    Appendix A: Individual Project Amendments - Economic Recovery Actions

    A document identifying the changes proposed by the Economic Recovery Actions project

    Appendix B: Individual Project Amendments - Designing Better

    A document identifying the changes proposed by the Designing Better project

    Appendix C: Supplementary information

    New guidance notes to assist interpretation of technical requirements

    Documents are also available on the Planning Reform website.

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