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, with a fifth being announced. Three DPAs are being conducted by the Council, and two are 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.
In December 2016, Council obtained agreement from the Minister on a Statement of Intent. Negotiations are continuing between the affected landowners, which must be finalised before technical site investigations can be completed.
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.
Council submitted a Statement of Intent to the Minister, who agreed to it in March 2019. Council is currently undertaking technical site investigations in conjunction with appointed consultants.
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, and the intention is to rezone the land to allow for a new housing estate. Council endorsed a Statement of Intent for this purpose in April 2019, and has submitted a Statement of Intent to the Minister. Council is awaiting the Minister's agreement to proceed.
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 DPA has been released for public consultation. Further details are available from the State Government's webpage below.
The Minister has announced a plan to rezone over 80 hectares of land (to the south of Grand Junction Road) that has been deemed surplus to State Government requirements. Council understands that the land may be redeveloped for medium-density housing and related commercial/employment uses. The DPA is being guided by the Oakden/Gilles Plains Structure Plan that is being led by Renewal SA. Media reports have implied that the DPA will be released for consultation in September or October 2019. Further details are available from the Renewal SA webpage below.