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Development Plan

Development plans explain how an area is expected to be developed and are used to assess development applications. There is a development plan specific to each Council area.

Either the Council or the Minister for Planning may initiate changes to a development plan, but the Minister is ultimately responsible for the content, structure and layout.

Development plan policies cover a range of social, environmental and economic matters.

For more information on development plans, refer to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure's Guide to Development Plans and Development Plan Amendments or visit sa.gov.au for Development plans and their use.

Click here to view the official download page for the Adelaide (City) Development Plan.

Download: Map of Zones and Policy Areas (PDF, 2MB)

By Minister for Planning

Capital City Policy Review (Design Quality) Development Plan Amendment (DPA)

The Minister for Planning has initiated the Capital City Policy Review (Design Quality) Development Plan Amendment (DPA).

The DPA proposes the following changes to the Adelaide (City) Development Plan:

  • New policy to reinforce design quality for new development.
  • Additional requirements for ‘over-height’ developments including increased emphasis on high quality building design as well as sustainability.
  • Amending the policy related to podium design to allow for greater flexibility for building design to respond to the immediate context.
  • Amending Capital City Zone Desired Character Statement to include greater design statement and strengthening the Desired Character Statement along Rundle Street to provide greater guidance and protection to the established character.
  • Providing some allowances for a lesser bicycle parking rate for dwellings in certain circumstances. 

The consultation period for this DPA has closed.  Council has provided a written submission to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure which you can view here:

DOWNLOAD: City of Adelaide Submission – Capital City Policy Review (Design Quality) Development Plan Amendment

For more information please visit the SA Government website or contact the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure on: (08) 7109 7005. If you would like to talk to Council about this DPA, please call (08) 8203 7185 and ask to speak to a Policy Planner. 

By Council

Residential and Main Street Development Plan Amendment

The formal consultation process for this Council DPA has closed. Following adoption by Council, the draft DPA was split into two parts by the Minister. Part 1, the main part of the DPA was authorised on 30 October 2014. The second part has not yet been authorised, and is awaiting a final decision by the Minister. This deals with the Manitoba Housing Complex (now a State Heritage Place) in Adelaide’s south-east and a proposed Historic Conservation Area in Adelaide’s south-west.

Find out more here.

City Centre Heritage Development Plan Amendment

The DPA, affecting the Capital City Zone, was initiated to implement Local Heritage Place recommendations from a 2008-9 heritage survey. In early 2012, the Minister for Planning advised that the DPA would be split into two parts:

Part 1 was completed in March 2013 resulting in 37 new Local Heritage Places being designated and protected (from 77 granted ‘interim protection’ concurrent with consultation in 2012).
Part 2 with the remainder of the proposed Local Heritage Places was not released for consultation but placed ‘on hold’.

Time to complete the Part 2 DPA has been extended because of the implications of State Government planning reforms which are still unresolved. It is possible that new legislation addressing local heritage will be developed and resolved during 2016 but there are few details available at present.

Find out more here.

North Adelaide Large Colleges and Institutions Development Plan Amendment

Formal consultation for this Council DPA occurred late 2015. On 31 August 2016, the Minister responded to Councils response following consultation.  

The Minister for Planning agreed to the Statement of Intent for a new Heritage Places (Institutions and Colleges). However, the Minister for Planning requested Council to submit the whole of the original North Adelaide Large Institutions and Colleges DPA for consideration.


On 27 September 2016, Council has returned the whole of the DPA to the Minister for Planning. Council has requested to commence a new Heritage Place DPA prior to the gazettal of the North Adelaide Large Institutions and Colleges DPA. The Minister has requested the Local Heritage Advisory Committee to review the New Heritage Places DPA prior to consultation.

On 18 October 2016, the Local Heritage Advisory Committee (LHAC) reviewed the New Heritage Places DPA.

Council has responded to the Minister for Planning's requested changes in respect to the DPA (view the Lord Mayor's response letter here and view the Minister for Planning's letter here). In respect to this response, to read the Council report:

DOWNLOAD: Strategic Planning and Development Planning Committee Agenda 28 February 2017 (PDF, 1.5MB)

DOWNLOAD: Adelaide City Council minutes 28 February 2017 (PDF, 1.8MB)

Council is awaiting a response from the Minister for Planning in relation to the DPA. The Minister will have the final decision on the DPA and the new Heritage Places DPA. 


Next Steps

The Minister for Planning needs to make the next decision on the North Adelaide Large Institutions and Colleges DPA.

This will be to either accept the DPA as proposed by Council or make changes.

Click here for more information.

North Adelaide Former Channel 9 Site Development Plan Amendment

In 2015 Channel 9 moved its operations from Tynte Street in North Adelaide to Hindmarsh Square - Mukata in the City.

The site in North Adelaide has a number of heritage listed buildings and also presents an opportunity for redevelopment in a prime location.

In April 2016 Council started to review its policies regarding the conservation of the historic buildings and the replacement of disused television station buildings on the former Channel 9 site.

Council successfully obtained an agreement from the Minister for Planning to start a Development Plan Amendment (DPA) process including community consultation.

Formal consultation for this Council DPA occurred in August and September 2016 during which a total of 23 public submissions and 3 government agency submissions were received. A Public Hearing was held on 10 October 2016 at which 8 verbal submissions were heard.

All submissions were carefully considered and changes were made to the DPA with consideration to feedback received as well as further investigations undertaken. The finalised DPA was presented to Council for its endorsement on 28 February 2017.
To view the Draft DPA as endorsed by Council, with results of further investigations and responses to public submissions, please refer to the Committee report:

DOWNLOAD: Strategic Planning and Development Planning Committee Agenda 28 February 2017 (PDF, 1.5MB)

Next Steps

All submissions will be reviewed and considered to determine what changes are needed to the DPA before it is finalised for submission to the Minister for Planning for approval.

The DPA has now been sent to the Minister for Planning for approval.

The Minister for Planning will make the next decision on the North Adelaide Former Channel 9 Site DPA. This will be to either accept the DPA as proposed by Council or to make changes.

Find out more here.

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