Development plan amendments

Development Plans explain how an area is expected to be developed, and the types of development that can be undertaken within a council area.

There is a Development Plan specific to each council area in South Australia. Each Development Plan contains zones, maps and explicit written rules (‘policies’) which guide property owners and others as to what can and cannot be done in the future on any piece of land in that area.

These rules are used to assess development applications received. The policies within each Development Plan cover a range of social, environmental and economic matters.

Amending a development plan

Either the local council or the Minister for Planning may initiate changes to a Development Plan through a Development Plan Amendment (DPA) process, but the Minister is ultimately responsible for the content, structure and layout.

The City of Adelaide and the Minister for Planning have been working on DPAs to improve city design, support residential development, the health and education sectors and retain our heritage assets.

You may be interested in the following Development Plan Amendments:

Initiated by

City of Adelaide

Status

Refused by Minister for Planning – 30 May 2019

Purpose

Seeking nine buildings to be listed as Local Heritage Places.

About

As a part of the North Adelaide Large (Institutions and Colleges) DPA, a number of submissions were received that sought nine buildings be listed as Heritage Places. Council negotiated with the Minister for Planning for a consultation process to be undertaken to consider the proposed Local Heritage Places.

The refusal means that the nine nominated Local Heritages Places will not be listed. You can read more information on the City of Adelaide Your Say page.

Initiated by

Minister for Planning

Status

Approved and gazetted – 30 May 2017

Purpose

To reinforce design quality for new development.

About

Additional requirements for ‘over-height’ developments were addressed in the DPA, including increased emphasis on high quality building design as well as sustainability. The policy relating to podium design was also addressed to allow for greater flexibility for building design to respond to the immediate context. The Capital City Zone Desired Character Statement was altered to strengthen the Desired Character Statement along Rundle Street to provide greater guidance and protection to the established character.

Following a Council submission to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, several changes were agreed to by the Minister for Planning. Council will continue to seek improvements to ensure the city meets its strategic targets.

You can read more information on the City of Adelaide Your Say page.

Initiated by

City of Adelaide

Status

Approved and gazetted

Purpose

To enable the 11 colleges and institutions to continue to support the health and education sectors. All the sites involved in the DPA contribute by providing either residential, student accommodation, education services, hospital services or aged care. These services are important to providing a dynamic and resilient community.

The amendment sets in place policy to balance the potential impacts to residential amenity.

About

All sites contain a high number of Heritage Places and these were retained. A new policy area “Archer West Policy Area 15” has been created and will support the redevelopment of incompatible buildings on large sites.

Other than minor applications, the existing public notification rights have been retained for adjoining neighbours. This will allow neighbours to comment on future Development Applications.

You can read more information on the City of Adelaide Your Say page.

Initiated by

City of Adelaide

Status

Approved and gazetted – 30 May 2017

Purpose

To enable a vacant site to provide an integrated development which is designed sensitively to its surrounding residential locality. The DPA supports the redevelopment of the disused commercial site in North Adelaide. This will assist in meeting the City of Adelaide’s residential population targets.

About

The DPA will enable a 6-storey residential building to be built in the centre of the site. Lower scale 1 to 2 storey buildings will be designed around the existing low scale historic streets.

In addition, the DPA lists the cottages on Tynte Street as a Local Heritage Place. 136 McKinnon Parade has been removed from the Local Heritage Place register due to its structural state.

You can read more information on the City of Adelaide Your Say page.

Initiated by

City of Adelaide

Status

Part 1: approved and gazetted - 30 October 2014

Part 2: unresolved

Purpose

To conserve the heritage and character of the City’s residential areas, whilst encouraging sympathetic developments that will allow for a diverse and vibrant Adelaide, particularly along the main streets.

About

The State Government prepared the Capital City DPA for much of the City centre and released it for consultation in April 2012. The City of Adelaide was to lead the Residential and Main Street DPA, which incorporated the south-east and south-west corners of the city and the main streets. The areas in the Residential and Main Street DPA are unique to the city. They house some of South Australia’s most significant heritage buildings and are home to many of the city’s residents. For these reasons it is important to examine these areas separately to the city centre and involve the community throughout the process.

Part 2 involves the determination of:

  • Manitoba Housing Complex - This was split from the DPA to allow the determination of the State Heritage Place nomination.
  • Historic Conservation Areas

The second part has not yet been authorised and is awaiting a final decision by the Minister.

You can read more information on the City of Adelaide Your Say page.

Initiated by

City of Adelaide

Status

Part 1: approved and gazetted - 27 March 2013

Part 2: unresolved

Purpose

To implement Local Heritage Place recommendations from a 2008 - 09 Heritage Survey.

About

Council sought community feedback on a proposed list of 77 local heritage buildings within the city centre. These buildings were selected by independent experts and then carefully considered by both the Council and the State Government.

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 was extended because of the implications of State Government planning reforms.

As part of the planning reform process, State Government committed to undertake a review of the legislative framework for local heritage and on this basis decided not to reactivate Part 2 of the DPA. A new proposal will be formed once the framework for heritage reforms has been established.

You can read more information on the City of Adelaide Your Say page.

Initiated by

Minister

Status

Approved and Gazetted

Purpose

The purpose of the DPA is to amend the existing Adelaide (City) Development Plan policies which apply to Lot Fourteen to enable its redevelopment as an innovation precinct. The Development Plan policy has not been updated since the former Royal Adelaide Hospital vacated the site. The affected area covers approximately seven hectares of land in the Adelaide Park Lands and includes land bordered by North Terrace, Frome Road, and the Adelaide Park Lands (including the Adelaide Botanic Garden), but excludes two Adelaide University buildings and the new Adelaide Botanic High School at the northern end of the complex.

About

The policy changes:

  • Amend the existing Institutional I3 (University Hospital) Zone so that it does not apply to the Lot Fourteen site and remove reference in that zone to land east of Frome Road and associated land use policies.
  • Introduce a new zone – the Mixed Use (Innovation) Zone – to apply to Lot Fourteen / old Royal Adelaide Hospital site to primarily support education, research, technology and creative and innovative commercial activities, together with tourism, hospitality, entertainment, cultural and retail activities. Building heights will generally be limited to 53 metres (transitioning down to the zone boundaries) with allowance for an over-height centrally located, iconic building.

Key issues arising during consultation on the Draft DPA and the subsequent changes to the DPA are as follows:

  • a. Building heights
    Concern was raised regarding proposed building heights and, in particular, the provision for over-height development. Policy has been amended to provide improved clarity regarding proposed building heights and the transition to adjacent precincts. Policy has also been introduced to strengthen the quality of development where over-height, in line with over-height policy recently introduced in the City of Adelaide Capital City Zone.
  • b. Interface with the Adelaide Botanic Garden
    Submitters valued the relationship to the Botanic Garden and wanted development to minimise any impact on the adjacent Adelaide Botanic Garden and its sensitive plant collections. Policy was introduced that highlights considerations of potential development impacts upon the sensitive plant collections of the adjacent Adelaide Botanic Garden, including overshadowing, stormwater runoff, heat, light and wind direction.
  • c. Open Space and the Adelaide Park Lands Trail
    Submissions sought greater certainty regarding provision of open space and for a link between the Adelaide Park Lands and North Terrace to complete the Adelaide Park Lands Trail which surrounds the Adelaide Central Business District. Policy was introduced to provide improved guidance regarding provision and design of open space, as well as provide for the final link in the Adelaide Park Lands Trail between the Park Lands and North Terrace.
  • d. Introduction of a Concept Plan
    Submissions sought the provision of a Concept Plan as part of the policy framework to provide improved spatial understanding of the site layout. A Concept Plan is proposed detailing site layout, identification of key development sites (State heritage, the Innovation Centre, Cultural Precinct), certainty regarding provision of open space and the preferred location of the Adelaide Park Lands Trail.

The Adelaide (City) Development Plan has been updated with these amendments, effective from the date they were gazetted, and will be used to assess any development applications lodged from that date forward.

New Planning System for SA

The new Planning System for SA will change how development policy is formed and amended and how development applications are lodged and assessed. More information on the timing and scope of the new Planning System for SA is located here.

Need more information?

For more information about Amendments to Development Plans please visit the State Government website.

If you would like to talk a City of Adelaide Policy Planner about any of these DPAs:

8203 7185