Designing Better – Supporting Territory Business

14 July 2020

Making sure our designing and planning standards in the Territory reflect and protect the NT climate and lifestyle is important to the Territory Labor Government.

This week marks the completion of stage one of the Northern Territory Planning Commission’s Designing Better consultation report.

Consultation has been underway with key stakeholder groups regarding better designing practices.

Designing Better is a NT Planning Commission and Northern Territory Government initiative that seeks to enable and promote quality and well-designed apartments and mixed use developments which:

Overall the Designing Better report will see our unique way of life maintained by making planning and building design requirements which support the Territory lifestyle and help to make the Territory a great place to live and work.

The Territory Labor Government also recently delivered a key election commitment in restoring the integrity and confidence in the Northern Territory’s Planning System with passing the Planning Amendment Bill 2020.

This Bill will see improvements in community consultation and making the application process more efficient.

To find out more about the Designing Better project and view the Planning Commissions’ Stage One Consultation Report visit

Quotes from Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler:

“The Designing Better plan seeks to encourage and enable our apartments and mixed use buildings in the Territory to respond to our unique Territory context and climate.

“This is great work by the NT Planning Commssion as this plan will see the improvement of amenity to our units and apartments in the NT, making it a great place to live and work.”

Quotes from NT Planning Commission Chairman, Dr David Ritchie:

“The public, industry and local government have helped frame their key ideas put forward as part of the Designing project, with a number of additional specific suggestions made by a stakeholders on details including streetscapes, landscaping and setbacks.”




Source:  Northern Territory Government -

Date of Original:  5 July 2020

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