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Residential Development Plan Amendment

On 4 October 2017 the Minister for Planning announced his decision to approve the changes proposed within the Council's Residential Development Plan Amendment (DPA). 

The approved changes have now been incorporated within the Port Lincoln Council Development Plan and affects approximately 300 hectares of land in Port Lincoln where residential development was previously restrained by former zone provisions.  Essentially all of the land in the Rural Living Zone and some land in the Rural Landscape Protection Zone may be subdivided and further developed subject to formal development approval. 

The rezoning of the land will meet demand for new housing for at least 15 years, with enough land readily zoned to build up to 5000 houses.  

City of Port Lincoln Development Plan - consolidated 4 October 2017

Property owners wishing to pursue development of their property for residential purposes should contact Council's Development & Environmental Department or visit Council's Residential Land Division website page for further information about the lodgement process to gain relevant approvals under the Development Act 1993.

Steps undertaken

Public Consultation

On November 2, 2015 the City of Port Lincoln endorsed the recommendation of its Strategic Planning & Development Policy Committee and released the Port Lincoln Council Development Plan Amendment Report (the DPA) for statutory consultation. 

Public consultation concluded on the 21 January 2016.

The DPA proposed the rezoning of targeted parts of the Council for future residential development in a manner that positively responds to the state and regional strategic framework, potential future township growth and regional economic opportunities.

It follows an extensive review of land within the City currently zoned for residential purposes.  The aim of the review was to ensure that there is an adequate supply of suitably zoned land to accommodate growth and provide housing choice for existing and future residents. The review considered drivers for housing demand such as underlying population growth, export markets for agriculture and aquaculture, mining, and oil and gas exploration outcomes.  As well as these considerations Council was required to align future planning with the State’s Planning Strategy for the region (the Eyre and Western Region Plan).

What changes were proposed

The DPA proposed changes to the Port Lincoln Council Development Plan (Development Plan) included to rezone all of the areas within the Rural Living Zone and parts of the Rural Landscape Protection Zone to the Residential Zone or Residential Hills Zone.  Specific changes to the Development Plan were set out in the DPA document with a summary provided below:

  • Update the Design and Appearance and Orderly, Residential, Sloping Land and Sustainable Development General Section modules of the Development Plan

  • Rezone sections of the Rural Landscape Protection Zone and the Rural Living Zone to Residential Zone

  • Replace sections of the Rural Landscape Protection Zone and Rural Living Zone north of Happy Valley Road with the Residential Hills Zone module from the SA Planning Policy Library Version 6

  • Revise or update policies and precinct boundaries in the Residential Zone to reflect the intended future development for the zone

  • Remove the Rural Living Zone

Two public information sessions were held on 24th November 2015.

Public meeting

A public meeting was held on Monday 8 February 2016, at 7.30pm at the Civic Centre, Port Lincoln Council, Level One, 60 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln for the public to be heard by the Committee.

Viewing submissions

Copies of all submissions received were made available to the public for inspection by interested persons at the Civic Centre, City of Port Lincoln, Level One, 60 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln from 22 January 2016 to 8 February 2016.

What happened following the public consultation period

Council considered the submissions and decided to proceed with the DPA as publicly exhibited and forwarded to the Minister for Planning for his final approval.

The parties and agencies that raised comments were advised in writing of the decision made by the Council in respect of their submission.

The Minister approved the DPA and notice was given in the South Australian Government Gazette on the 4 October 2017 and the development plan was amended accordingly.

Further information

If you would like further information about the DPA, contact Customer Service at the City of Port Lincoln, 08 8621 2300 or email with subject heading noted as “Information Request – Residential DPA”.

City of Port Lincoln
City of Port Lincoln ABN: 80 776 127 243
PO Box 1787, PORT LINCOLN SA 5606
Level One, Civic Centre, 60 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln
Telephone: 08 8621 2300 | Fax: 08 8621 2399 | Email:
City of Port Lincoln ABN: 80 776 127 243
PO Box 1787, PORT LINCOLN SA 5606
Level One, Civic Centre,
60 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln
Telephone: 08 8621 2300 | Fax: 08 8621 2399
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