Background information

The City of Charles Sturt has a significant amount of industrial zoned land in the context of Metropolitan Adelaide, comprising around 560 hectares in 22 separate industrial precincts scatted across much of the Council area.

The residential growth and employment targets outlined in the State Government’s 30 Year Plan identified to Council a critical need to maintain a balance of jobs and new dwellings in Charles Sturt.

The need to preserve and revitalise employment land was also identified in previous studies undertaken by Council, namely the Industrial Land Study, 2008 and the Emloyment Revitalization Plan, 2011.  The Studies highlighted the importance of preserving employment lands and revitalising the local economy to provide the community of Charles Sturt with opportunities to live and work in close proximity.

In 2013, Council endorsed its Strategic Directions Report, which further identified the need to undertake investigations to improve planning policy in the Industry Zone to enhance employment opportunities in these areas.

What is an Industry Zone?

A zone that primarily accommodates a wide range of industrial, warehouse, storage and transport land uses that fulfil an important employment function for the surrounding residential areas and region.

What are the Project Stages?

The stages outlined below represent an indicative project timeline of the DPA process and maybe subject to change as the DPA process progresses:

Stage 1: Mid-2014 - Early ‘Pre DPA’ Investigations and Engagement

Stage 2: Late 2014 – Review of consultation outcomes and development of a draft Statement of Intent (SOI)

Stage 3: Early 2015 – Seek agreement of the draft SOI from Council and the Minister

Stage 4: Mid to late 2015 – Seek Council approval of the Draft DPA for statutory public and Agency consultation

Stage 5: Mid to late 2015 - Opportunity to comment on a Draft DPA during the statutory consultation period

Stage 6: Late 2015 – Public hearing and review of submissions received during consultation

Stage 7: Early 2016 – Review of submissions and Council approval of Draft DPA to be sent to the Minister for authorisation

Where can I get more information?

If you would like to discuss the pre-DPA consultation process, please contact Jim Gronthos, Council’s Senior Policy Planner on (08) 8408 1265 or by email on

How will my feedback be used?

The pre-DPA engagement process is seen as a key first step before commencing the draft Urban Employment Zone DPA investigations.

This process will assist Council to identify issues early within its Industry Zone before proposed new draft policy is prepared.

Following the completion of this process, all feedback received will be reviewed.

A draft SOI will be developed to seek agreement between Council and the Minister for Planning on the invetsigations proposed to be undertaken in a draft Urban Employment Zone DPA. 

Once agreement is made between Council and the Minister for Planning, investigations will be undertaken and a draft Urban Employment Zone DPA will be prepared.

How do the policy changes affect me?

If you are a land owner and/or business within the City’s Industry Zone, you must obtain development approval from Council to undertake changes on your industrial site if these changes are defined as development, as defined by the State Government’s Development Act 1993.

The following provides a broad overview of activities that require Development Approval in relation to the City’s Industry Zone:

  • Where a change of land use is proposed.
  • Where development has structural detail that is defined as building work.
  • Demolition

What will not be included in the scope of the draft Urban Employment Zone DPA investigatons?

It will not investigate the rezoninig of Industry Zone land with the exceptions of minor amendments to correct a misalignment of current zone boundaries.

Note: Submissions seeking rezoning will be reviewed and considered further as part of a separate process. The considerations could lead to a Developent Plan Amendment or further investigations, the commencement of which is yet to be considered by Council.

?It will not investigate policy changes to land not located in the Industry Zone.

What are the objectives of the draft Urban Employment Zone DPA investigatons?

The objectives of the DPA process are proposed to include but are not limited to:

?  Encourage a range of new industrial land uses together with other related employment and business activities that can assist in generating employment for the City.

?  Investigate specific planning policy for all Industrial Precincts.

?  Protect the operations of existing idustrial land uses in the industry Zone.

?  Discourage new industrial development that is defined as special industry ie. industry that may have detrimental impacts to surrounding areas by way of dust, fumes, vapours, odours, gases.

?  Maintain and enhance industrial interface areas to provide a transition between core industry areas and adjoining residential areas.

?  Develop concept plans for the City’s Industrial Precincts (where required) to ensure future development is orderly and provides a visual representation of the key policy guidance outlined in the Development Plan.

?  Investigate the application of the draft Urban Employment Zone Module from the South Australian Planning Policy Library.

How will planning policy changes be made?

The Development Plan is a statutory document that contains development assessment policies that guide future development in the City of Charles Sturt. 

Changes to a Council’s Development Plan policy occurs through a process called a Development Plan Amendment (DPA).  A DPA investigates opportunities to make amendments to Council’s Development Plan to keep in touch with the aspirations of the City’s community and State Government policy direction. The proposed changes to be investigated for Council’s Industry Zone will occur through a future draft Urban Employment Zone DPA.

Will there be further opportunity to make comments?

Further engagement will be undertaken with the community to seek its views on a future draft DPA through a statutory consultation process.