Papunya and Hermannsburg Area Plans

urbanplan has successfully achieved the Endorsement of the Community AreaPlans for Papunya and Hermannsburg to set the direction for Aboriginal communities’ growth.  This outcome represents the skill set and experience to achieve the delivery of services for Indigenous community planning.  The success of achieving the Endorsement of the Area Plans was premised on the following process:

  • Establishing background knowledge and context about the Community and Country through research, aerial photography analysis, liaison with all levels of government and detailed community engagement. 
  • Multiple meetings to develop a trustworthy working relationship with the government officers of the Department of Infrastructure Planning and Logistics Central Land Council, and federal government General Business Managers of the respective Communities.
  • Significantly developing a trusting relationship with Elder and Traditional Owners of the communities was imperative.

Humpty Doo, Darwin, Area Plan

The purpose of the Humpty Doo Rural Activity Centre project was to devise a statutory area plan and undertake a critique of the previous implementation process and devise a new planning instrument.

The aim was to prepare components of a proposed planning scheme amendment required to facilitate development of the Humpty Doo Activity Centre including:

  • Area Plan including planning principles and guidance;
  • statutory provisions to facilitate development in accordance with the Area Plan; and
  • statutory mechanism to implement Development Contributions.

This Humpty Doo Area Plan is in two parts:

Part 1 forms the explanatory section giving background context and analysis of service infrastructure;
Part 2 is the statutory implementation section, which provided thorough content suitable for the planning instrument to be applied elsewhere in the Northern Territory Planning Scheme.


Pioneer Football Club Scheme Amendment and Development

To prioritise fund-raising initiatives in support of Club operations around youth support programmes, rather than alcohol based revenue raising functions, the Pioneer Football Club commissioned urbanplan to expanded this initiative by leveraging a scheme amendment and development approval of Lot 5812 Stuart Highway.  This enabled the Club to achieve financial sustainability and remove itself from pursuit of government grants.  Achieving financial sustainability underpins indigenous self-determination.

The Pioneer Football Club is now pursuing progressive development of Lot 5812 commencing with expanding potential land use including a Service Station, take-away food outlets and bakery in the amended classification of the land as Commercial Zone.

Proposed Development Larapinta Drive

The purpose of the dual application was to achieve approval for the change of use and a built form strata subdivision for hostel premises, having demonstrated fulfillment of the development requirements of Part 4 and those of the MR Zone in the NT Planning Scheme.

The objective of the applications, particularly the change of use referencing development and improvements, was to demonstrate to the Development Control Authority that the renovation of the built form meets requisite performance criteria and provides a quality living environment with exceptionally large community outdoor living area.

Ragonesi Road Tourism Village Development

urbanplan undertook a design critique of the planned expansion of a tourism accommodation facility on Ragonesi Road.  The purpose of the design critique was to demonstrate to the client the benefit of maintaining clusters of remnant vegetation and realigning internal access ways to envelope existing amenity and build on the sense of place adjacent the Todd River.

The design critique process involved a review of the existing stage one development and subsequent proposed staged siting and design of accommodation modules with reference to the requirements of the NT Planning Scheme.  The outcome of the critical analysis was an asymmetrical re-design of accommodation into enclaves clustered around remnant vegetation.