PLanning Bazaar

PLanning Bazaar

You are invited to hear from real people who are tackling the issues facing the Territory today.

Community activists and organisations bring you updates and stories.

PLan: the PLanning Action Network hosts a talk fest at Jervois Park, Jervois Road, Darwin.

Next to the Deck Chair Cinema.

Sunday 23rd September 2018 4pm - 5pm

$100 Door Prize - drawn on the day!

Food for the mind, bring your own tucker and a chair.

For more details see the PLan website: or call Nick Kirlew 0447 499 794.

Planning Bazaar V4

7 Brinkin Terrace

Exceptional Development Permit application for a Dual Occupancy

URGENT CALL OUT Closing Date midnight Friday, 24 August, 2018 - more details below.


1.     At present there is, on the internet, on the 'NT Planning Notices/development applications online' an Exceptional Development Application (EDP).

This is to allow a second building, and a subdivision, on an SD (Single dwelling zoned lot, and would not normally be allowed. This is Brinkin Lot 8857, at 7 Brinkin Terrace. The present size of the lot is 1200sm. Thus the subdivision would be a ‘dual occupancy’ resulting in two 600sm lots.  

2.    Planning is based on zoning, using appropriate types of land for particular uses.  Zones have different colours on maps. Compatible uses are arranged close to one another, and vice versa. Land ‘lots' vary in size with their intended appropriate uses.

3.    Brinkin is a respected, well planned and established suburb, with a range of residential uses separated into different sections.   

This application is to subdivide one of the largest standard lots (1200sm) near the foreshore. Here big impressive homes and gardens are characteristic.

4.1    'The NT Planning Scheme  at Clause 5.1 (1) states that the primary purpose of Zone SD is to provide single dwellings on individual lots.’ ...

[Note: 'Undefined uses are prohibited in this zone.’]

4.2    The lots in this part of Brinkin being of a similar size - over 1000sm, to cut one in half, and build on it  would change the character of this part of the suburb.

4.3    Most SD’s in the whole Northern Suburbs are 800sm, or more.

4.4    One subdivision/dual occupancy here would start a precedent on similar lots which is not supported by the NT Planning Scheme, and does not have its endorsement. This could ultimately cause difficulties with infrastructure, and social impact.

4.5    The application is not in the public interest. Except for the immediate neighbours who were asked directly for their support, many do not support the proposed subdivision believing the lots would be too small for their environment. This is shown by the advertising signs on nearby homes.

Their signs say:    "LET US PRESERVE WHAT WE HAVE"

4.6    It is often said that planning should provide certainty. This is spot rezoning which does not fit any standard model - two anomalies.

4.7    Approving the application would almost certainly lower property values on Brinkin Terrace and Kuru Court.  Since Brinkin is regarded as one of the best real estate ‘locations' in Darwin, a similar response could be expected with such densification of lots, in Hibernia, and/or Claymore.

4.8     Big established gardens and space, particularly handsome large front setbacks, contribute much to the impressive streetscape, character and amenity of Brinkin. In contrast at no. 7, the streetscape and the two lots would be crowded.

4.9    It is expected that the amenity in the adjacent lot in rear, on Claymore would be adversely affected.

4.10     SD’s are usually presumed to be family homes.  If there is to be rented commercially to several entities, difficulties with parking can be expected. Especially if there is provision only for no more than two off road parking spaces for each of the two SD’s.

4.11    Many local residents are not happy with how the application might affect them.

4.12    PLEASE NOTE: The NT Planning Scheme does not support ' Dual Occupancy ‘ as type of development.

[After a period for public consideration under an Interim Order by Minister Manison, NT Planning Scheme Amendment 483 of 6.10.2017, was issued. It deleted the provisions that would have allowed dual occupancy on Zone SD (Single Dwelling residential) lots.]  

5.    Submitting information

Closing Date Midnight Friday, 24 August, 2018

For personal emails use a pdf, and address to:

The Manager,
Urban Planning,
Development Assessment Services
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OR if you prefer it:

The full details of the application  Exceptional Development Application(EDP) are at 'NT Planning Notices/development applications online’  with a download.

There is a place there to submit your submission electronically, but it is a good idea to copy it before you send it.

Planning Act Amendment put up by Planning Minister Tollner on the last day of the Giles Parliament

Attachment below is a copy of a Letter to the Leader of the Opposition. This amendment gives the NT Planning Commission power over the NT Planning Scheme, and reduces the public and local government's right to comment on proposed changes.

pdfPlanning Act Amendment 2016

Below is Plan's media release after the bill was passed. This was passed on the last day of the Parliament, in spite of being opposed by the Opposition.


Help Save the Gardens Suburb Community

The Gardens is a small suburb almost hidden between the Botanic Gardens and the Stuart Highway. A tight nit community has chosen to live here, supposedly out of harms way. They are now literally campaigning to save their community from destruction by high rise development. On Saturday 30 August, about 100 of them rallied close to the proposed site. Lot 7820 is at the corner of Blake Street and Gardens Hill Crescent (look it up in a directory if you don't know where).

A yellow sign alerted them to a Planning Notice for the following:

To rezone Lot 7820 Town of Darwin (4 Blake Street from Zone CP(Community Purpose) to a Specific Use Zone

This means there has been an application for a lot officially zoned for a community use to be rezoned for the construction of a development. In this case, the ultimate objective is to build two nine storey apartment buildings which would be totally out of character with the suburban area. It has a mix single detached dwellings, and modest one to two storey town houses, perhaps with the odd three storey.

Full details of the proposal, and how to object, are under 'Details of Proposed Planning Scheme Amendments'.on the internet at 'NT Planning Notices', or 'One Stop Shop NT'.

Closing date for objections is 12 September 2014

The decision is to be made by the minister for Planning after a hearing by the Development Consent Authority at which all objectors can attend and speak.  Local residents are objecting strongly to the prospect of Community Purposes land being taken for development, and see this as the 'thin end of the wedge' for the complete destruction of their much loved suburb and community which they have invested in, and call home.

THE GARDENS COMMUNITY would welcome more objections based focussed on the use of Community Purposes zoned land for residential densification. (See also more details below).

There is a email address for supporters to contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please download/print out the following document:


EIS about the new Fighter Aircraft due soon in the Top End

The new Australian Fighter Aircraft will be the F35A LIGHTNING II.  Details of the Environmental Impact Statement(EIS), other relevant information, and comments will be at

Pitch Black Air Exercises 2014

There will be aircraft noise during  PITCH BLACK quite separately.  This has a major disrupting effect on parts of Darwin, which  affected people may want to minimise. People have asked at least for a timetable, and monitors at various parts of Darwin to record sound levels.

Complaints may be made to the Air Services website.

Reports about  all types of air noise complaints can be found here. Very few complaints have so far come from Darwin.

Draft Darwin Regional Land Use Plan

The NT Planning Commission now has on exhibition a copy of the  Draft Darwin Regional Land Use. This is the next stage on from the Towards a Darwin Regional land Use PLan, and is supposed to reflect the consultation on that document. The plan is the big picture future plan. The Commissioner Gary Nairn has commented that the plan does not look very different, but the noters with it contain a lot of information for consideration.

The Draft can be downloaded from:

If you cannot download, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request a hard copy or USB.

There are big changes proposed, so please have your say, particularly Do not dam the Elizabeth River.



Old Hospital Site (Myilly Point) Draft Proposal

The Northern Territory Government, via the NT PLanning Commission, has at last put together a draft proposal about the OLD HOSPITAL SITE/MYILLY POINT/FLAGSTAFF PARK/KAHLIN.

Unfortunately it proposes that over 60% of the land would be taken up by residential development  'to pay for' making green open space available.  Not really appropriate when it is all crown land which we already own, and support through out taxes.   I do not know where our  government's have got this concept of charging us twice for what is ours, and what has been neglected for years. (The ALP had proposed a 20% to 80% public balance, which was bad enough).


View the concept plan here

More useful details for members who want to express an opinion to the NTG by the cut off date 11 June, 2014, will find more detailed information at  Territory Planning Commission

Feel free to make your own posted submission if you want to say more than the online response seems to allow. Your opinion is important.

Proposed Nightcliff Foreshore Cafe/Restaurant

After a long delay, City of Darwin finally announced its consultation on the idea of building a Cafe/Restaurant on the Nightcliff Foreshore near the Nightcliff Swimming pool.

Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim made it quite clear on ABC TV News (25.3.2013) that those who are totally against any such building here on the foreshore headland, that is who are for the 'status quo', can say so now, in the consultation process.

The attachment below from the C of D website provides an outline of the situation.

rtfNightcliff ForeshoreCafe/Restaurant

There is additional information on the C of D website which you can find by searching 'Nightcliff Foreshore Consultation'.

Council's online survey has great detail about preferring one of the two optional buildings, but there is nowhere you can state you are against any buildings at all in this location.

The consultation will close at 5pm on 6 May, 2013.


For further information please contact the City of Darwin, Anna Malgorzewicz, Senior Community Engagement Officer on (08) 8930 0404 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


After two people searched unsuccessfully to find within the 'consultation survey, a place to vote for the 'status quo' , that is, NO CAFE/RESTAURANT, a call was made to Council.


Just check carefully, as the rest of the 'consultation survey' is about the two built options.

Please note that this survey is for anyone who cares, not just the residents of Nightcliff.

The consultation survey is on the main City of Darwin website. Just wait for the Nightcliff Foreshore feature as it roll around onto the screen.


This proposal has been put together by a group of Nightcliff residents calling themselves Friends of Nightcliff. The group includes Simon Scally an architect and Marisa Fontes a landscape architect and other community members.

Like many of us, they do not want a restaurant, but  love the Nightcliff foreshore for relaxation. They see this time of focus as the occasion to improve the Nightcliff Headland for the enjoyment of all residents and ratepayers. The greatest urge seems to be for a cafe/coffee shop, rather than a restaurant. 

The  main suggestion is to improve safety and landscaping on the area and improving the pool infrastructure, modernising it, and tucking a cafe into the  end of the refurbished pool building. There would be no 250sm+ $1.5 million+ restaurant on the headland, on the eroding cliffs.. Other costs would need more carefully managed.

A major feature would be the re-routing of the walking/running circuit around to the sea side of the pool, away from Casuarina Drive, and the car parks. This would eliminate clashes between cars and pedestrians.

Here is the Masterplan, with key references shown below on the map. PLan suggests you may wish  to vote NO at question 6, on the Council Survey,  and instead support some of these ideas for improving the precinct. for everyone. Voting NO leaves the options open.

pdfNightcliff Pool Precinct Masterplan

Margaret Clinch
Convener Plan

Palmerston CBD Masterplan

Palmerston City Council is exhibiting a draft Masterplan for their CBD for comment and consultation.

The coloured draft masterplan brochure is NOW on display at

The link is on the main website page, and all pages can be opened and viewed.

Details are given about the consultation process.

Greater Darwin Plan Scuttles the Darwin Town Plan Values - A Densification Bulldozer

On the morning of 1 March, 2012, Chief Minister Paul Henderson announced his Greater Darwin PLan for our beautiful tropical city by one of the best natural harbours in the world. It introduces chaos, and leaves residents living in uncertainty.

Largely as a result of having attracted INPEX LNG Plant here, the Northern Territory Government (NTG) expects Darwin to grow at an exponential rate. We have already been experiencing housing shortages, with unaffordable rents and home prices. However, this is not the answer Darwin residents need, or can tolerate.

Our old Darwin Town Plan set the minimum size for the single dwelling (SD) house lot in Darwin at 800 square metres for tropical living.

The NTPS also lists this as a minimum size lot for a house. This size was a step down from earlier minimums of 1000 square metres and 1200 square metres still much sought appreciated in suburbs like Nightcliff.

Most of Darwin was planned in the days of the Commonwealth administration, up to 1978.

The Northern Territory Planning Scheme (NTPS) was introduced in 2007, supposedly to have Territory wide uniform effect. Since that time, it has been amended over 200 times. Its greatest impact has been through through special conditions (SU's) for suburban developers.

New housing in Palmerston was on much smaller lots. than in Darwin. The NTG had become dependent on developers for new suburbs, IT agreed to smaller lots for projects oh more than 50 homes. That later spread to Lyons and now Muirhead.

Planning means planning for appropriate uses in appropriate places and relationships. Needed are areas for various types of residential, commercial, industrial, community uses, such as schools, tertiary education, aged care, hospitals, libraries, museums, community centres, child care centres, youth drop ins, etc., and parks for sport and recreation, and environmental conservation. Infrastructure is essential, and planning must respect land capability constrains such as water supplies and storm surge.

Darwin suburbs each have their own character. People choose the amenity of the place where they purchase or live.

The Henderson Greater Darwin Plan brings home the insecurity thrust this year on rural dwellers, to your own suburb.

We have already seen a series of spot rezonings for multiple dwellings and apartment blocks. Now we face dual occupancy before its ramifications have been thought out.

Your way of life would be destroyed if two or three neighbours go for dual occupancies for profit in this plan, or if there is a deceased estate. Trees and gardens are at risk, as is tropical design, as houses closer together will need airconditioning.

We have already seen rezonings of Community Purposes land for residential projects, as by Charles Darwin University at Palmerston. Exceptional Development Permit (EDP) applications have become the rage, In Conigrave Street, Fannie Bay, the NTG has already approved an EDP for two four bedroom houses side by side on one lot, despite objections.

Strange that Department of Planning staff assert that such changes based on policy, some of which predate actual amendments to the NTPS, will not increase density, nor affect the amenity of particular suburbs, precincts or neighbourhoods.

This is not good planning.


For more information, visit our Shop 23 in the Rapid Creek Business Village in Trower Road, Rapid Creek.

We are open Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-5 pm. In addition, we will also be open on Sunday, March 4 and 11 12noon-3pm to discuss these issues.


pdfGreater Darwin Plan (Full Version)

pdfGreater Darwin Plan (Stakeholders Version)

Urgency to densify the suburbs of Darwin

In unseemly urgency to densify the suburbs of Darwin, the Northern Territory Government wants to undermine rules of the Northern Territory Planning Scheme (NTPS)-again. This time the catchword is 'DUAL OCCUPANCY'

The idea is to amend the rules so t that the Development Consent Authority (DCA) could consent to two houses on any single lot zoned for a SD(Single Dwelling). That is if it is at least 1000 square metres in area. This, it seems, could be ANYWHERE in an ordinary residential suburb. There goes choice and certainty. THIS WOULD BE IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THE MINIMUM LOT SIZE FOR AN SD LOT IS 800 SQUARE METRES. THIS WOULD MAKE A NONESENSE OF THE NTPS.

Some may welcome the opportunity. However, the impact on the community and its tropical lifestyle could be greatly negative. This is densification of our tropical lifestyle by stealth.

The attachment below contains the details of the proposal - and I feel sure this is a real planning amendment, not a review. HOWEVER YOU ARE INVITED TO COMMENT. THE QUICKEST WAY IS TO SUBMIT A COMMENT IS BY EMAIL (via 'This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.')

Address it to: Strategic Planning, Department of Planning.

Identify ' Planning Amendment 2011/0935' DUAL OCCUPANCY'

Provide your name, address and contact, and list of your reasons against having two houses in each of your neighbour's back yards.

These might include perhaps loss of privacy, loss of gardens, noise, smells,cutting off of shade and breezes, more traffic, and strained infrastructure services.

Then there is possible loss of house values, and perhaps higher council rates because of your lot's new development potential.


Home Ownership Risk

Your home ownership may be at risk in the future if you’re the owner of a strata titled unit.  See the Unit titles Scheme.

S15 Termination by resolution

A scheme may be terminated if:

  1. the body corporate of the scheme decides to terminate the scheme by a unanimous resolution; or
  2. all of the following conditions are satisfied:
    1. this paragraph applies under the management module;
    2. the scheme has existed for at least 20 years after the commencement of this Act (May 2009)
    3. the body corporate of the scheme decides to terminate the scheme by a resolution prescribed by regulation that is supported by unit owners holding at least 90% of the total interest entitlements.

The Property Council would like to reduce that to 75%.  pdfRead more

Arafura Harbour

In a lull in CBD development a proposal was made by Even Lynn of Gwelo Investments and Hans Vos to develop a huge canal estate from East Point to Coconut Grove. There was a huge organised public reaction against this, until the Chief Minister Paul Henderson announced that because the land involved is crown land the development could not go ahead.

Looking at the tidal mouth of the Ludmilla Creek is seems an unlikely development, which was claimed to be ten times as large as Cullen Bay which has not been without its problems.

Canal estates are banned in NSW and Victoria, and strongly limited in Queensland and WA. They have had major and costly environmental impacts, some of which are not apparent until long after they are built.

They are particularly questionable in times of global warming, stormy weather, sea rise, flooding events, and increased storm surge risk. A recent special Commonwealth report has detailed these negative implications.

Old Hospital Site

Very disappointingly, in proposing the redeveloping of this site, the NT Government mandated that 20% of its area must be used up by residential blocks to pay for the cost of the park. In a compromise response to local consultation, the NT Government will move these proposed residential apartments away from the Lambell Terrace (Larrakeyah) side, where they would have overlooked houses. However, it will not reduce their height. Through public consultation on the draft design, the public opted for a more natural and less costly park, with an easier to maintain design, than the interstate consultants promoted. It was hoped this reduced cost would lower the height and mass of the apartment buildings ‘required’ to cover costs. There are some nice features in the park. The basic design was settled early in 2009, after a report from government appointed local cultural consultant Dr Mickey Dewar.

Flagstaff Park and the Sudden Appearance of the Mystery Restaurant

Historically Flagstaff Park is a distinct area beyond the fence at the end of Myilly Point. This is where the NT Army Commander, and later Mr Justice Blackburn, lived in Flagstaff House, before Cyclone Tracy blew it away in 1974. There remain relics of a large tropical garden with tennis courts and flagpole. It is a beautiful site, with high harbour views and natural breezes.

When the NT Government decided on parkland in the central section of Myilly Point, it threw in Flagstaff Park with the rest, as if it had no special historical significance. Local consultant GHD, provided a layout for on-line public comment. It had a list of numbered features on the plan with a key. Surprisingly, a site for restaurant was, without explanation, mysteriously superimposed. It took the prime landmark viewing site looking towards East Point, and was not included in the GHD numbering.

Flagstaff Park was zoned in the time of the previous government for Tourist Development (B5). Beginning in about 1999, a community group, familiar with the site, worked with PLan to have the area recognised and rezoned as a landmark headland park, for public recreation and picnics. When the ALP won government in 2001, Chief Minister Clare Martin fulfilled an ALP election promise, publicly announcing that the park was saved from tourist development. She announced the return of this park to the people. Flagstaff Park was then rezoned as public open space.

PLan waited patiently through years of delays between the government and Darwin City Council about who should pay for and manage this neglected park for the People.

It is outrageous, in the face of the ALP government’s election promise, that any attempt is made to superimpose a large restaurant site on the park, by business interests. A promise is a promise! This would change the prime usage of the park back to tourism, with traffic making it unsafe for children. The restaurant could easily be located, as we have suggested, with equally good views to East Point, in the middle section of the Myilly Point park.

So frequently PLan, now in its sixteenth year, finds previously made promises and public expectations are being ignored or eroded.

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