Existing heritage policies in the Adelaide Hills Council Development Plan
The Development Plan identifies Local Heritage Places within the Council Area.
Policies and listings for the former Stirling District Council area were incorporated into the Adelaide Hills Council Development Plan on 28 September 2000 via the Adelaide Hills Council-Stirling (DC) Local Heritage Places and Historic Conservation Policy AreasPAR (Plan Amendment Report). That PAR was based on the Stirling District Heritage Survey undertaken in March 1997.
Policies and listings for the former East Torrens District Council area were introduced into the East Torrens (City) Development Plan on 25 March 1999 via the District Council of East Torrens Heritage PAR. That PAR was based on the East Torrens Heritage Study.
Special provisions were introduced into the Adelaide Hills Council Development Plan for the Mount Torrens State Heritage Area on 5 December 2002 via the State Heritage Area (MountTorrens) PAR.
The existing policies within the Adelaide Hills Council Development Plan comprise:
Why is a property listed as a Local Heritage or State Heritage place?
Local Heritage places
A Development Plan may designate a place as a place of local heritage value if:
(a) it displays historical, economic or social themes that are of importance to the local area; or
(b) it represents customs or ways of life that are characteristic of the local area; or
(c) it has played an important part in the lives of local residents; or
(d) it displays aesthetic merit, design characteristics or construction techniques of significance to the local area; or
(e) it is associated with a notable local personality or event; or
(f) it is a notable landmark in the area; or
(g) in the case of a tree (without limiting a preceding paragraph)-it is of special historical or social significance or importance within the local area.
Source: Development Act 1993 Section 23(4)
Properties must satisfy one or more of the above criteria in order to be designated as a local heritage place. Table AdHi/2 which lists the current Local Heritage Places indicates the relevant criteria that applied at the time of listing.
A citation on each property can be found in the Stirling Heritage Survey or East Torrens Heritage Study - contact Development Services on 8408 0558 for assistance with finding citations.
State Heritage places
To be entered in the SA Heritage Register a State Heritage Place must satisfy one or more of the following criteria:
*a. It demonstrates important aspects of the evolution or pattern of the State's history.
*b. It has rare, uncommon or endangered qualities that are of cultural significance.
*c. It may yield information that will contribute to an understanding of the State's history, including its natural history.
*d. It is an outstanding representative of a particular class of places of cultural significance.
*e. It demonstrates a high degree of creative, aesthetic or technical accomplishment or is an outstanding representative of particular construction techniques or design characteristics.
*f. It has strong cultural or spiritual associations for the community or a group within it.
*g. It has a special association with the life or work of a person or organisation or an event of historical importance.
Source: Heritage Places Act 1993, Section 16
The Development Plan includes an updated list of State Heritage places for the entire Adelaide Hills Council area - refer to Table AdHi/1 - but currently the table does not include any relevant criteria as to why the property has been included in the South Australian Heritage Register. Please refer enquiries directly to the State Heritage Branch of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR):
GPO Box 1047
ADELAIDE SA 5001
Phone: (08) 8124 4960
Fax: (08) 8124 4980
Adding further Local Heritage places
Council has initiated a Local Heritage DPA to update existing heritage policies in the Development Plan and to include additional places as Local Heritage places. As part of the process to identify additional potential Local Heritage places, two Heritage Surveys for the areas within the former District Councils of Onkaparinga and Gumeracha have been carried out:
Each survey provides the necessary justification as to why additional places should be included in the Local Heritage Places table. It is intended to use the recommendations of these two surveys as the basis of updating and extending existing policies, and the inclusion of additional places of local heritage value and areas of historic character. Stage 1 of the Local Heritage DPA is likely to be completed within 12-18 months commencing April 2012.
Development proposals affecting an existing Local or State Heritage place
Most activities associated with heritage places require development approval, including fencing, painting and re-roofing.
State Heritage Places
All development applications received for State Heritage places must be referred to the State Heritage Branch of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), and a statutory referral fee applies. If you require advice pertaining to a State Heritage place, please contact the Conservation Heritage Project Officer at the DEWNR:
Telephone: 8124 4960
Local Heritage Places
If you require advice pertaining to a Local Heritage place, Council's Local Heritage Advisor is available for a free of charge consultation (paid for by Council) on a fortnightly basis. Applicants are encouraged to meet with Council's Local Heritage Advisor before proceeding with plans and a development application. Bookings can be arranged through Karen Savage (8408 0522).
Applications that have received the Heritage Advisor's input and/or support are more likely to be consistent with Development Plan policies. While Council can't guarantee that development approval will be granted, pre-application advice should identify and hopefully address any major issues.
Adelaide Hills Council also refers development applications for Local Heritage places to the Heritage Advisor, although no fee is charged for those non-statutory referrals.
Further information about the development application process can be obtained from Development Services team on 8408 0558.
Existing Local or State Heritage places - grants or funding assistance schemes
State Heritage Grants
The Department for Environment and Natural Resources administers State Heritage Grants on a July to June financial year basis. Applications for grants are called for annually by notices in The Advertiser newspaper and the Heritage South Australia Newsletter. Applications for Grants close on 30 June of each year. Applications are expected to be called by March of each year. For information about how to apply, see http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/Heritage/Grants or contact the Heritage Branch.
Before applying, persons are required to seek heritage advice and discuss the merits of their project. Funding is highly competitive, and it will be to their advantage to develop their proposal in accordance with the criteria for the relevant category, and to gain the support of Council's Heritage Advisor before completing an application for a grant.
For information about allocation of State Heritage Grants refer to the DEWNR website at http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/Heritage/Grants.
Local Council Heritage Incentives Schemes
Council does not provide funds to assist owners of local or State heritage places, with Council's assistance extending only to the free heritage advisory service.