Townships and Urban Areas Development Plan Amendment

What Council is proposing
Adelaide Hills Council has prepared and has sought community input on a draft Development Plan Amendment (DPA) to amend the Adelaide Hills Council Development Plan.

Background of proposal
The DPA introduces new policies that relate to all townships and residential areas throughout the Adelaide Hills Council area.  Specifically, the DPA reviews the Country Township Zones, the Country Living Zone, the Residential Zones and the settlements within the Watershed (Primary Production) Zone. An information sheet identifying the proposed policy changes is available, and these changes are also noted below under 'Key Features of the Revised Policy'.

Click here to download a consultation information sheet.

The consultation has now closed, however the DPA is still available in six parts for ease of downloading.
Table of Contents
Explanatory Statement
The Amendment
Zone Maps
Policy Area Maps
Other Maps

Or visit one of the following libraries to view a copy:
  • Coventry Library | 63 Mount Barker Road, Stirling
  • Woodside Library | 26 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Woodside
  • Gumeracha Library | 47 Albert Street, Gumeracha

Click here to view opening hours.

Information Sessions
Four information were held:

  • Wednesday 25 May, 6:30pm | The Pavilion, Rostrevor College, Woodforde (off Heather Avenue)
  • Wednesday 8 June, 6:30pm | 36 Nairne Road, Woodside
  • Thursday 16 June, 6:30pm | 63 Mt Barker Road, Stirling
  • Monday 20 June, 6:30pm | 47 Albert Street, Gumeracha

Written submissions closed on Monday 27 June 2016 and a total of 55 submissions were received.

Community Meeting
A community meeting was held in Woodside on 14 July 2016 to allow submittors to speak to their submissions.

Next steps
Council will respond to public submissions by:

  • acknowledging all written submissions;
  • summarising all submissions for consideration by Council's Strategic Planning and Development Policy Committee (SPDPC);
  • holding a community meeting to enable submitters to speak in support of their submissions; and
  • advising all submitters of the decision made on their submission after the SPDPC meeting.

Subsequent changes to the DPA may occur as a result of this consultation process. Alternatively Council may decide not to proceed with the DPA.

When Council has considered the comments received and made appropriate changes, a summary of Consultations and Proposed Amendments will be sent to the Minister for Urban Development and Planning for consideration.

The Minister will then either approve the DPA (with or without changes), or refuse the DPA.

Further Information
For further information on this process please contact
Mike Flehr, Senior Strategic and Policy Planner
(08) 8408 0503


In general terms, this DPA:

  • will not change town or urban area boundaries (minor change to the northern Birdwood boundary, and three Public Purpose Zones  rezoned);
  • anticipates identified future development requirements for diverse residential and economic development within the existing town and urban area boundaries;
  • provides consistent and contemporary development controls for all forms of 'urban' and 'settlement' areas;
  • matches development potential to infrastructure provision; and
  • addresses key social, environmental and economic issues.

Policy Change Objectives
Council has prepared a number of reports and studies which have informed various aspects of this DPA and provided a series of clear objectives for the planning policy in this DPA.  The policy objectives, as adopted by Council, are:

  1. consistent planning policy across the District in terms of structure, format and expression;
  2. planning policy providing clear direction for applicants, the community and Council planners;
  3. suitable housing for Council's diverse community, with particular emphasis on housing for older people;
  4. higher density housing in appropriate locations in response to the findings of the Housing Study and State Planning Strategy;
  5. urban character protected through the preparation of Desired Character Statements;
  6. townships and urban areas growth matched to the capacity of existing infrastructure;
  7. existing town boundaries retained;
  8. development with minimal environmental impact;
  9. home-based businesses encouraged within residential areas;  and,
  10. town centres which are sufficient in area and provide clear guidance for retail and business development.

Proposed policy changes

  • introduction of formal zones and Policy Areas for the townships within the Onkaparinga and Torrens Valleys;
  • introduction of separate Policy Areas for 'Stirling and Aldgate' and 'Bridgewater' within the Country Living Zone;
  • criteria which, if satisfied, would allow for the creation of smaller allotments in some townships and urban areas;
  • the introduction of 'Desired Character Statements' which describe how a particular place should be developed in the future;
  • providing further opportunities to construct housing for older and local young people;
  • improving policies relating to energy efficiency;
  • a 'Settlement' Policy Areas within the W(PP) Zone to provide specific guidance appropriate to such closely settled areas in a way that is not addressed in the current W(PP) Zone itself;
  • a 'Lobethal Abattoir' Policy Area within the W(PP) Zone to provide specific guidance for this high impact activity in a way that is not addressed in the current W(PP) Zone itself;
  • a Mixed Residential Zone around the Stirling District Centre and Crafers Local Centre Zones to provide a greater range of accommodation types close to shops and transport;
  • expansion of the Public Purpose Zone system of community managed lands into areas close to towns within the remainder of the District;
  • amalgamation of four of the five Residential Zones in Rostrevor, Woodforde and Teringie into one Residential Zone with two Policy Area;
  • rezoning three properties in Stirling/Aldgate from Public Purpose Zone as these properties are no longer in public or community ownership;
  • updates of existing tables: Table AdHi/3 – Mount Lofty Ranges Watershed Townships, and Table AdHi/4 - Car Parking Provision;
  • providing further opportunities for home-based businesses; and
  • the introduction of new policies from the State's Planning Policy Library in both the Council Wide (now General) section and in the zones addressed by this DPA.