Draft Laneway Management Policy Open For Feedback

Published on Thursday, 1 September 2022 at 5:13:00 PM

Katherine Town Council is seeking community feedback on its draft Laneway Management Policy.

The Draft Laneway Management Policy provides important pedestrian connectivity for many of our residents. Where concerns are raised around the safety of laneways and closure is requested, this policy aims to provide a clear decision-making process to ensure that all impacts, treatments, and facts are considered.

About Council’s laneways: 

  1. There are 30 laneways across Katherine’s three suburbs, namely Katherine East (26), Katherine North (3), and Katherine South (1). 
  1. Some laneways provide an overland flow path for stormwater during high rainfall events. 
  1. While laneways are not used in current subdivision planning, they do provide an important link in the path network within Katherine’s suburbs providing easier access to shops, schools, public transport and open spaces (parks and reserves). 
  1. The majority of laneways are constructed on land designated as road reserve; others are constructed on open space lots. 
  1. Laneways are not considered the cause of anti-social or criminal behaviour however they may be used opportunistically by a small minority within the community, which has caused concern for and impacted nearby residents. 
  1. The Control of Roads Act and Regulations describe the process to permanently close a laneway that includes public consultation and Ministerial consent. 
  1. Most laneways have underground services crossing or along them (typically power, water sewer,telecommunications and stormwater).


A copy of the policy can be viewed here.

Comments are open until Friday September 30. Please email records@ktc.nt.gov.au.

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