Development Plan

Development Plans & Assessment

The Development Act 1993 establishes Development Plans as the primary legal document to guide new development in South Australia.  The Development Plan for each council area contains the zones, maps and explicit rules that guide and control what can and cannot be done on any piece of land within the area.  They are also the basis upon which applications for new development will be assessed and any appeal decisions are made.

Development Plans outline which land uses are envisaged in a zone and those uses which are not supported.  Development Plans contain objectives, principles and policies that will control and affect the design and location of proposed land use activities. The Plans can also spell out the desired character for a given area or zone.

View Council's Development Plan

Development Plan Amendments

Development Plans are regularly amended to reflect updated local council or State Government policy, introduce changes to zoning, or to implement a new vision for future development. Policies contained within Council's Development Plan can only be changed through a formal, statutory Development Plan Amendment (DPA) process, which is prescribed in The Development Act 1993. The statutory Development Plan Amendment process can be commenced by either Council or the State Minister for Urban Development and Planning. The Planning SA website contains further information regarding the DPA process.

Current Development Plan Amendments

It is the Council’s responsibility to continuously review and amend its Development Plan to ensure continued consistency with the South Australian Planning Strategy and to ensure that planning policy adapts to suit current and emerging development trends.


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