General Residential and Miscellaneous Development Plan Amendment

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DPA approved by the Minister for Planning 19th December 2017.

The Minister for Planning approved the DPA and it was consolidated into the Onkaparinga Council Development Plan on 19 December 2017.

View Onkaparinga Council Development Plan.

As a result of the feedback received during the community engagement period, we have proposed some changes to the Medium Density Policy Area (MDPA40) boundaries including:

  • removing the previously proposed area in Aberfoyle Park to the south east of the district centre
  • removing the previously proposed area in Noarlunga Downs/Port Noarlunga from the MDPA40 to the south of the regional centre
  • extending the MDPA40 boundary up to Gulfview Road in Christies Beach

The outcomes of this DPA will make a positive contribution to the design of future development in of our council area and will concentrate medium density development to areas nearby our major centres (noting that the policy area has been reduced by approximately 435 hectares).

What areas are affected by the DPA?

All properties within the Residential Zone and in particular the Medium Density Policy Area 40 are affected by the DPA.

To see if this relates to your property, click on the link below to find your property details on our interactive map:

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To explain what is changing and why, we have produced a short, descriptive video that can be downloaded from the link below:


Community Engagement

Statutory consultation on the draft DPA took place from 30 May to 26 July 2017. The draft DPA was granted interim authorisation by the Minister, giving the amendment immediate effect on 30 May 2017 to prevent inappropriate development and promote orderly planning.

Through the consultation period, our comprehensive engagement program included:

  • a direct email to over 158 community contacts and also people who requested to be on our database
  • a mail out to every home in the Residential Zone (approximately 66,000) with a flyer informing people of the DPA engagement
  • three advertisements in the Southern Times Messenger on 31 May, 7 June and 5 July 2017
  • one advertisement in The Advertiser on 30 May 2017
  • a Southern Times Messenger ‘Onka News’ article on 7 June 2017
  • four community information sessions at Noarlunga, Aberfoyle Park and two sessions at Seaford
  • displays at all Customer Service Centres, libraries and Community Centres
  • Facebook and Twitter feeds
  • a public meeting held on 1 August 2017.

General Residential DPA people

What are we changing?

The revised policy reflects the outcomes of the community engagement and incorporates improved design parameters and encourages new housing in close proximity to high quality public transport infrastructure.

The changes seek to encourage medium density development where it works best.

Some areas from the Medium Density Policy Area have been removed and the greatest varieties in housing types (and the highest densities) are encouraged in new ‘Targeted Infill Precincts’. These precincts are located at 200 metres from Regional and District Centres (and Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre).

Minimum allotment sizes will be increased in the remainder of our Medium Density Policy Area 40 and also in the Residential Zone. This may reduce the number of new dwellings possible on a site.

These changes are  supported by design improvements including reduced heights to two storeys (other than in the Targeted Infill Precincts and in the Medium Density Policy Area along the coast and adjoining public open space), increased setbacks and increased on site car parking, improved opportunity for landscaping and bin storage (to name a few).

To view the proposed changes at a glance, download the 'What has changed' fact sheet below.

PDF icon png What has changed fact sheet (336K)

Further information

For development or planning related queries contact Development Services on 8384 0666.

For all queries about the DPA contact Heidi Lacis on 8384 0671 or e-mail: