Planning Reform

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The updated Planning Act 1999, Planning Regulations 2000 and Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020
came into force on Friday 31 July 2020


The NT Government is progressing an initial stage of Planning Reform Phase 2.

Planning Reform Phase 2 Stage 1 is 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 has prepared a single, comprehensive planning scheme amendment that is on exhibition now through to Friday 10 December 2021.

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.


The updated Planning Act 1999, Planning Regulations 2000 and Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020
came into force on Friday 31 July 2020


The NT Government is progressing an initial stage of Planning Reform Phase 2.

Planning Reform Phase 2 Stage 1 is 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 has prepared a single, comprehensive planning scheme amendment that is on exhibition now through to Friday 10 December 2021.

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 draft Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2020 has evolved from three stages of public consultation, and the proposed changes are intended to:

    • be less complex

    • be easier for users to navigate

    • more clearly identify all requirements and considerations relevant to a particular development and how they will influence the exercise of discretion by the consent authority

    • introduce simplified processes for developments with reduced potential for adverse impact.

    It is important to note that the new scheme does not change existing zones or development requirements such as changes to car parking ratios, building heights and densities and minimum lot sizes. Comments outside of the scope of the proposed amendment may not be addressed during this round of consultation and will inform further ongoing work.


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    The Planning Amendment Bill 2020 was introduced into the Legislative Assembly on the 13 February 2020 and is currently going through the legislation making process.

    Some of the proposed changes to the Planning Act 1999 include:

      • expanded purpose and objectives of the Act

      • clearer definition of planning scheme components

      • changes to the Development Consent Authority (DCA) appointment and termination requirements

      • changes to public notification requirements

      • more enforcement powers.

    In order to implement the changes proposed in the Bill consequential amendments will be required to the Planning Regulations 2000.

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