Media response - Old Reynella former winery site

Published on 21 August 2019

ENQUIRY - Southern Times Messenger

On the DPA, is the council concerned about potentially losing 7000sqm of open space due to requiring Tarac to have a buffer zone between the existing homes? Why is the buffer needed?


Comments attributed to Alison Hancock, Director Corporate & City Services.

Council is not requiring Tarac to provide a buffer, so the reporting about “potentially losing 7000sqm of open space due to requiring Tarac to have a buffer zone between the existing homes” is incorrect. Reports that Tarac “will have to amend its plan to include the buffer zone and re-lodge it with council” are also incorrect.

At its meeting of 6 August 2019, council’s Strategic Directions Committee (SDC) considered the Draft Old Reynella Former Winery Site Draft Development Plan Amendment (the DPA) to commence public consultation. The draft DPA did not propose a buffer, but instead requires a ‘Low Density Residential Interface’. This would be a transition area between the existing lower density residential area and any new residential uses to achieve a continued level of amenity for existing residents at the boundary of the site.

At that meeting, there was some discussion to include an additional ‘buffer zone’ and it was resolved that the DPA come back to Council with an amendment that includes a concept for a buffer zone on the edge of the lower density residential interface.

At Council’s meeting of 20 August 2019 Council reconsidered this approach but approved the (original) draft DPA for community consultation without the requirement of a buffer.

There are no requirements in council’s Development Plan to provide a buffer between a residential use and another residential use.

Council made this decision because the original draft DPA has been guided by sound planning principles that buffers are generally provided to ‘buffer’ the impacts between different land uses (and different zones), such as between industry and housing, such as currently exists on the south-east corner of the site between the Bunnings and the existing residential area.

Council is keen for the community to have their say on the DPA during the public engagement period, which will run from 2 September to 29 October 2019. We will keep the community informed throughout the process via During the consultation period anyone can make a written submission about any of the changes the DPA is proposing.

Council will also be holding two drop-in information sessions at the Woodcroft Morphett Vale Neighbourhood Centre at 175 Bains Road, Morphett Vale, on:

  • Wednesday 18 September 5pm-7pm
  • Monday 23 September 10am-12pm

All submissions will be presented to council for consideration and a public meeting will be held to hear from anyone who would like to speak on the matter personally.


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