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

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 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
  • 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.