Designing Better Project

The Designing Better project is a suite of suggestions by the Northern Territory Planning Commission that specifically relates to apartment and mix use buildings. 

Designing Better is Territory-wide in scope and seeks to encourage and enable residential apartment and mixed use buildings in the Northern Territory to:

  • respond to context and celebrate local and regional differences;
  • respond to climate and contribute to the Territory’s built form character;
  • embrace Innovation through flexible, best practice design solutions; and
  • make great places that provide meaningful, vibrant and liveable spaces for people. 

This project draws upon feedback received from the community and industry through other projects and targets a number of key design elements for improvement.  

The Designing Better project will ultimately inform revised development requirements in the Northern Territory Planning Scheme and be complemented by the locality-specific guidance of Area Plans. 

The Discussion Paper document is a working draft. To view the Discussion Paper please visit https://haveyoursay.nt.gov.au/designing-better.

The Planning Commission will be holding the following engagement sessions:

  • Alice Springs Tuesday 1 October 2019 12pm – 1pm Green Well Building
  • Darwin Thursday 17 October 2019 12.30pm – 1.30pm Energy House
  • Darwin Wednesday 23 October 5.30pm – 6.30pm Energy House

To register your attendance please email ntpc@nt.gov.au or call the project team on 8924 7540. 

If you are unavailable to attend these sessions, or would prefer to discuss the project with the team one-on-one or with a small group of your colleagues, please feel free to contact us on 8924 7540 to arrange an alternative time. 

Please send you feedback and queries to the NT Planning Commission:

  • by email ntpc@nt.gov.au
  • by post to GPO Box 1680 Darwin NT 0801
  • or call the project team on 8924 7540

Your input and comment by 1 November 2019 is encouraged and appreciated.