As part of the state's planning and development system, a Development Plan applies to the City of Port Adelaide Enfield. While the Development Plan bears the Council’s name, the content is ultimately determined by the Minister for Planning.
The Development Plan is the key statutory document used in assessing development applications that are lodged under the Development Act 1993.
When a development application is lodged for approval, the relevant authority (in most cases Council) must not grant Development Plan Consent if development is deemed to be ‘seriously at variance’ with the Development Plan.
From time to time, Development Plans are updated through the rezoning of land or rewriting of existing policies. This update process is known as a Development Plan Amendment (DPA), and must follow the requirements of the Act. While the Minister for Planning or the Council can initiate a DPA, only the Minister can approve a DPA.
There are four DPAs applying the Council area. Three DPAs are being conducted by the Council, and one is being conducted by the Minister for Planning:
Council is reviewing the land use policies applying to a large area of underutilised industrial zoned land at Days Road and Regency Road, Croydon Park. The DPA is privately funded, and the affected area is under the ownership of several different parties. The zoning review is intended to enable the future development of the land for residential, retail, and commercial uses.
The Council's Statement of Intent was submitted to the Minister and agreed to in December 2016. Negotiations are continuing between the affected landowners, which must be finalised before the amendment can be progressed.
Council is reviewing the zoning of a tract of Council-owned land in the suburb of Angle Park. The land is presently under two zones, being the Recreation Zone and the Light Industry Zone. The land however is underutilised and an alternative residential zoning may enable it to be better used to meet the objectives of the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide.
The Council's Statement of Intent was submitted to the Minister and agreed to in March 2019. Council is finalising the documentation for the rezoning, with a view to conducting public consultation in early 2020.
Council is reviewing the zoning of two parcels of land along Days Road measuring some 8 hectares in size. Both parcels are zoned as the Community Zone. The DPA will be funded by a private proponent, with an intention to rezone the land for a new housing estate. The Minister agreed to the Council's Statement of Intent in August 2019. The Council is reviewing the proponent's technical site investigations, in accord with the Council policy for developer-funded amendments.
The Minister is reviewing the zoning of 37 Belford Avenue, Devon Park. The site measures about 8,000m² and is zoned as a Light Industry Zone. It is intended to rezone the site as a Residential Zone, to enable up to 40 new dwellings of up 3 storeys in height. The public consultation phase of the DPA has been completed, with Council preparing written and verbal submissions to the State Planning Commission. Further details are available from the State Government's webpage below.