Draft Employment Lands Development Plan Amendment

Approval by the Minister for Planning

The Minister for Planning approved the Employment Lands Development Plan Amendment (DPA) with the DPA being brought into effect by a Notice in the South Australian Government Gazette on 6 February 2018.

View the Onkaparinga Development Plan

The DPA converted our Industry and Light Industry Zones to the Urban Employment Zone as based on the South Australian Planning Policy Library module. We have made these zoning changes to support the growth of existing industries, changes in existing industries and the emergence of new industries in our council area.

The outcomes of the DPA have made our Development Plan more responsive and better to accommodate the kinds of development that generate and support jobs in the modern, quickly-changing economy.

Our Development Plan is now strongly aligned to our broader economic and investment programs (ON Business) and objectives ensuring the support of business innovation, growth and investment across our City. 

Some of the key changes resulting from the DPA include:

  • introduction of the Main Road Policy Area – to support additional retail (shops) choice and opportunities
  • introduction of the Core Industry Area – to ensure existing industrial activities are maintained and supported
  • introduction of Co-ordinated Development Sites – for areas over 5 hectares to support a mixed use business environment
  • an increase in envisaged and merit forms of development (e.g. offices, consulting rooms and indoor recreation centres in certain locations)
  • a decrease in the number of non-complying forms of development 

What areas are affected by the DPA?

All properties within the Industry Zone, Light Industry Zone and Bulky Goods Zone are affected by the DPA.

You can use the map below to find your property.

Click here to view the map full screen


Community Engagement

Statutory consultation on the draft DPA took place for an eight week period from 25 July to 19 September 2017.

Through the consultation period, our comprehensive engagement program included:

  • a direct mail out to all properties in the Industry Zone, Light Industry Zone and Bulky Goods Zone (approximately 1,150 properties)
  • advertisement in the Southern Times Messenger on 26 July 2017
  • advertisement in the Advertiser on 25 July 2017
  • community information session at Noarlunga office 9 August 2017
  • copies of DPA at all Customer Service Centres and libraries
  • Public Meeting held on 10 October 2017

Response to Submissions

View a copy of the Summary of Consultation and Proposed Amendments (SCPA) report here.

The SCPA contains details of each submission received and a detailed response to the submission, including matters raised at the Public Meeting.

In response to the submissions, the main policy changes proposed include the following:

  • amend the minimum allotment frontage to 20 metres (from 25 metres) for the Home Business Policy Area 17 (consistent with the Urban Employment Zone)
  • amend a zone boundary anomaly (Southern Region Waste Resource Authority (SRWRA) - relating to a recent road closure and opening process that amended allotment boundaries)
  • amend the Infrastructure Policy Area 13 Desired Character (Southern Region Waste Resource Authority) to enable continuation of waste recovery activities and long term adaptably of land uses over the SRWRA site
  • amend the proposed Interface Area of the Urban Employment Zone
    • reduced at O’Sullivan Beach to ensure continuation of existing long standing industrial activities
    • inclusion at Sigma Road Lonsdale to enable greater flexibility of land uses
  • amend the Urban Employment Zone Desired Character Statement to ensure appropriate continuation of existing industrial activities in balance with the protection of adjoining residential development
  • amend the Urban Employment Zone ‘Non-complying Development’ table to allow Horticulture within Infrastructure Policy Area 13 (SRWRA site)
  • amend the envisaged land uses in the Urban Employment Zone Interface Area to include bulky goods outlets and consulting rooms
  • amend the Urban Employment Zone Principles of Development Control 7, 8 and 10 (now 5, 6 and 8) to avoid ambiguity and provide consistency for desired land uses in Interface, Co-ordinated Development Sites and Main Road Policy Area 12.

Further information

For any queries about the Employment Lands DPA, please contact Craig Jones on 8384 0617 or e-mail: developmentpolicy@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au

Key documents that informed the draft DPA

The following studies were undertaken to inform the DPA. 

PDF icon png Employment Lands Analysis (Jones Lang LaSalle 2015) (1.2Mb)
PDF icon png Employment Lands Study (Intermethod 2016) (17.3Mb)
PDF icon png Employment Lands Study Summary (Intermethod 2016) (14.3Mb)