Development Plan

A Development Plan contains zones, maps and policies and is the part of the Planning System that provides people with guidance on what kinds of development they can and can't do.

This development plan must be read in conjunction with any amendments published in the Government Gazette, but not yet consolidated in the plan

Council's Development Plan can be located by searching for "Adelaide Hills Council Development Plan" on the website or can be downloaded here.

A Development Plan Amendment or DPA is a formal process for changing a Development Plan.

A DPA can be started either by a Council or by the Minister for Planning.  A Council DPA process involves a number of approvals from the Minister for Planning to proceed to the next step, and also involves formal community consultation before it can be approved and made law.

The essential steps for a Council DPA are:

  • agreement on the subject matter or scope of the DPA with the Minister
  • investigations and formal DPA document preparation by Council
  • consultation with key government agencies and the public on the DPA, including receiving written submissions and holding a public meeting – managed by Council
  • review of the consultation outcomes and refinement of the DPA if required – by Council
  • decision by the Minister (which may include approving or refining all or part of the DPA)

Council currently has one DPA in the preparation stage which is close to moving into the public consultation stage.


The Townships and Urban Areas Development Plan Amendment (DPA) is the largest DPA that has been undertaken by this Council.  It is a review of all planning policy relating to the District's townships and urban residential areas.

This DPA was first proposed in the 2003 Section 30 Review of the Council's Development Plan (also called a Strategic Directions Report), the precursor to the recently completed Strategic Directions Report 2012.


To this point, Council has:

  • Undertaken an extensive public consultation process (early 2008);
  • Received a consultant's Directions Report on options (February 2009) (see below for downloads of the document and its maps);
  • Undertaken public consultation on the Directions Report (April/May 2009);
  • Considered the public comments on the Directions Report, but deferred consideration in order to review a number of essential issues relating to possible expansion of town boundaries, and appropriate forms of development (November, 2009).  This matter was subsequently referred to the Minister for Planning (December 2009) for consideration and the response received in March 2010 was in essence that township boundaries shall not be expanded;
  • Again considered the submissions on the Directions Report (May 2010);
  • Provided Council's consultants with a policy development brief (December 2010);
  • Received the consultant's draft policies (April 2011);
  • Prepared a review of Council Wide Policies to provide a complete and comprehensive policy suite (May to October 2011);
  • Reviewed consultants' draft township and urban area policies (May to November 2011); and
  • Prepared consultation versions of Council Wide (General Section) and Zone PDCs for Strategic Planning & Development Policy Committee (SPDPC) review (November 2011 to May 2012)
  • Worked with the Dept. of Planning Transport and Infrastructure to resolve governmental issues prior to public consultation (April 2013 to present)