Development Plan & Policy

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.

Development Plan Amendments

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 Council can initiate a DPA, only the Minister can approve a DPA.

As of April 2017, Port Adelaide Enfield is subject to four active DPAs (and one proposed DPA), as listed below:

Industry/Business (Gepps Cross Gateway) Review DPA

Council is reviewing the land use policies applying to 600-714 Main North Road, Gepps Cross.

The review is intended to enable the future development of a large 'Discount Outlet Centre', supermarket, and indoor recreation facility (along with possible future expansion of an existing distribution centre). The DPA is privately funded.

The DPA was released for public consultation from 14 December 2016 to 18 February 2017. This was followed by a public meeting on 1 March 2017. Council is reviewing the submissions that were raised during the public consultation period. The link below contains:

  • A copy of the DPA;
  • An Information Sheet that provides an overview of the DPA;
  • The studies undertaken to inform the DPA;
  • Copies of public submissions made during the consultation period.

Gepps Cross rezoning consultation

Kilburn and Blair Athol Urban Renewal DPA by the Minister

The Minister for Planning proposes to amend the planning policies within the suburbs of Kilburn and Blair Athol. This amendment entails the introduction of an Urban Renewal Zone, to encourage new housing stock, mixed uses at increased densities, and a transition away from existing industrial land uses near Grand Junction Road.

This is a Ministerial DPA, with the consultation process being run by the independent Development Policy Advisory Committee. Further details on this DPA are available from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, via the Department's webpage.

Light Industry Zone, Northfield DPA

Council is reviewing the Development Plan provisions that guide the development of land at Northfield in the Light Industry Zone. The review is intended to enable a rezoning or residential, retail and commercial purposes. The DPA is privately funded.

The DPA was released for public consultation from 22 September 2016 until 18 November 2016. This was followed by a public meeting on 6 December 2016. Council is reviewing the submissions that were raised during the public consultation period. The link below contains:

  • A copy of the DPA;
  • An Information Sheet that provides an overview of the DPA;
  • The studies undertaken to inform the DPA;
  • Copies of public submissions made during the consultation period.

Northfield light industry rezoning consultation

Port Adelaide Centre Renewal (Part 2) DPA by the Minister

The Minister for Planning proposes to amend the planning policies of two Policy Areas within the Port Adelaide Regional Centre. The affected Policy Areas are Cruickshank's Corner Policy Area 38, and Port Approach Policy Area 48.

This is a Ministerial DPA, with the consultation process being run by the independent Development Policy Advisory Committee. Further details on this DPA are available from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, via the Department's webpage.

Corner Days & Regency Roads, Croydon Park DPA

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.

The review is intended to enable the future development of the land for residential, retail, and commercial uses. 

In January 2017, Council obtained agreement from the Minister on a Statement of Intent. Negotiations are set to commence between the affected landowners, with technical investigations for the site expected to begin later in 2017.

Strategic Directions Report

Under Section 30 of the Act, Council is required to undertake a periodic review of its Development Plan, to ensure it is consistent with the State Government's Planning Strategy (the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide). The review process culminates in a document known as a Strategic Directions Report.

Council began its review in May 2011, and its findings were released for public consultation in October 2011. In accordance with the Act, the report was furnished to the Minister for Planning, with final acceptance in December 2012 from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (State Government).

The Strategic Directions Report contains a 5-year work program of Development Plan Amendments intended by the Council. Implementation of the program is subject to factors such as resourcing and alignment with State Government policy.

The report is available below, in two formats:

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