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Development Plan Policy

The Development Act 1993 establishes Development Plans as the primary legal document to guide new development in South Australia.  The Development Plan for each council area contains the zones, maps and explicit rules that guide and control what can and cannot be done on any piece of land within the area.  They are also the basis upon which applications for new development will be assessed and any appeal decisions are made.

Development Plans outline which land uses are envisaged in a zone and those uses which are not contemplated.  Development Plans contain objectives, principles and policies that will control and affect the design and location of proposed land use activities. The Plans can also spell out the desired character for a given area or zone.

Note that ‘development’ is legally defined in the Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008.  Generally, development refers to land use, land division, and physical construction.

Download the City of Holdfast Bay Development Plan

Current Development Plan Amendments

It is the Council’s responsibility to continuously review and amend its Development Plan to ensure continued consistency with the South Australian Planning Strategy and to ensure that planning policy adapts to suit current and emerging development trends. The Council is currently working towards the following Development Plan Amendments (DPAs):

Affected Area
Scope of Investigations
Seacliff Park Residential and Centre (partnership project with Marion Council) 17-27 Scholefield Road, Seacliff and Les Scott Reserve, Seacliff
  • Investigate the re-zoning of the Monier/Lorenze/Cement Hill site to allow residential and commercial development.

Statement of Intent approved 31 July 2012

Investigations Phase


Statement of Intent - Seacliff Park Residential and Centre

When Development Plan Amendments are a public consultation, they can be commented on via our online engagement hub Your View.

For further information please contact the Strategic Planning Team on (08) 8229 9999.

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