Council's Development Plan


1. Council's Development Plan 

View the City of Onkaparinga's Development Plan

Role of the development plan

Development plans:

  • inform the community about how an area is expected to be developed
  • inform neighbours about the kinds of development they can expect in their neighbourhood
  • inform applicants about the type of development that is encouraged in an area, therefore the type of information that may be required in a development application
  • provide the basis against which development assessment decisions are made
  • provide the basis upon which any appeal decisions are made.

Development plans separate land within each council area into a number of different zones, including commercial zones, residential zones and industrial zones amongst a range of others. This aims to ensure that the lifestyle needs of residents and business can be achieved in the most beneficial manner. Development plans outline what land uses are envisaged in a zone and those uses which are not contemplated.

Development plans contain objectives, principles, desired character statements and policies that will control and affect the design and location of proposed land use activities. These policies cover a range of social, environmental and economic matters and have been established to support the longer term direction of the State’s Planning Strategy.

For more information on development plans, refer to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure's webpage Development plans and their use.

For information on the Council’s Development Plan, please contact:

  • our Development Policy team on 8384 0546 for potential policy changes,
  • our Development Services team on 8384 0666 in relation to assessment of a development proposal.

Changes to the planning system

Later in 2020 the Development Plan will be replaced by a state-wide Planning and Design Code.   For more information on the Planning and Design Code refer to the SA Planning Portal.

Development Plan Review

The South Australian Planning Strategy sets out the state government’s strategic directions for land use and the physical development of the state. The Planning Strategy is comprised of several volumes covering the different geographic regions of the state. The relevant volume applicable to the City of Onkaparinga is The 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide.

Under the Development Act 1993 (the Act), the state government must review and update each volume of the Planning Strategy at least once every five years. All councils must ensure their Development Plans are consistent with the relevant volume for their area. The statutory process for achieving this alignment is set out in section 30 of the Act and is known as the ‘section 30 review process’.

The section 30 review process requires all councils to review the policies in their Development Plans and produce a Strategic Directions Report (SDR) following any significant alteration to the Planning Strategy. Councils must produce an SDR not less than every five years.

The SDR is intended to outline a strategic vision for growth in the council area by means of a program of Development Plan Amendments (DPAs) to translate the strategic vision into Development Plan content.

In particular, the SDR should identify the council’s priority actions for:

  • achieving orderly and efficient development through the implementation of planning policies
  • integrating transport and land-use planning within its area
  • implementing the relevant policies and targets in the Planning Strategy
  • implementing the affordable housing policies in the Planning Strategy
  • infrastructure planning (including both physical and social infrastructure)
  • any other projects or initiatives considered to be of strategic importance by the council.

The last review commenced in 2011 which was in response to the introduction of The 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide into the State Planning Strategy

2. Statements of Intent

Once council has determined that a Development Plan Amendment (DPA) is required, it must reach a formal agreement with the Minister regarding the matters to be considered and the processes to be undertaken when changing the Development Plan.

This agreement is called a Statement of Intent (SOI).

The Statement of Intent is effectively a ‘project brief’ which:

  • describes why the DPA is needed and what is being proposed
  • confirms the relevant Planning Strategy policies that will be addressed through the DPA
  • identifies the link between the proposed DPA and council's Strategic Directions Report
  • identifies the current policies in the development plan and related policies that will be considered through the DPA
  • outlines the nature of the investigations and who will be consulted on the DPA
  • outlines the DPA's proposed process and timetable
  • gives assurance that the documentation standards in the DPA will be produced to an acceptable technical standard.

Ideally, the SOI’s proposed scope will be concise and manageable, by addressing a single issue or confining the proposed amendment to a single area.

Once the SOI is agreed by the council and the Minister, the DPA process can commence.

Council has adopted the following SOIs which were agreed between the Council and the Minister for Planning, for DPAs currently being developed for consultation:

Old Reynella Former Winery Site Mixed Use Statement of Intent(PDF, 6MB) (5.5Mb)

Former Hardy's Winery Site at Old Reynella - fact sheet (342K)


3. Development Plan Amendments

A Development Plan Amendment (DPA) is a document that proposes changes to council’s development plan. 

The development plan outlines objectives to guide the type and location of future development across the council area. It also provides detail for the assessment of individual development applications by establishing a network of zones and policy areas over the council area, which describes the desired future character for that particular area. 

Development Plans should be updated regularly to ensure they reflect the needs of the community, the economy and the environment.

Development Plans are updated through a formal statutory Development Plan Amendment (DPA) process, specified in the Development Act 1993. DPAs can either be undertaken by Council or by the state government (through the Minister for Planning). They also may be externally funded. Download a copy of Council’s Externally Funded DPA Procedure(PDF, 185KB) (117K).

For more information on DPAs, refer to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure's website Development plans and their use.

DPA Consultation period Status
General Residential and Miscellaneous 30 May to 26 July 2017 DPA approved by Minister and consolidated into Development Plan as at 19 December 2017.
Employment Lands DPA 25 July to 19 September 2017 DPA approved by Minister. DPA came into effect 6 February 2018.
Old Reynella former winery site Draft DPA

TBA Statement of Intent agreed to by the Minister for Planning’s delegate, 13 July 2018(PDF, 6MB)
Hackham South (externally funded) TBA Investigation
Aldinga Urban Lands (externally funded) 21 March to 18 May 2018 DPA approved by Minister and gazetted on 13 December 2018