What is a Development Plan?
A Development Plan is a statutory document that provides policies to assess development applications. For a council to ensure development outcomes are in accordance with its strategic management plan, the Development Plan must reflect the council's vision and complement the State's Planning Strategy.
Updating the Development Plan to reflect the council's expectations regarding future development is an important, sustainable way of achieving the council's vision.
Mitcham's Development Plan
The Council has its own Development Plan which guides the way the City grows and assists Council in making planning decisions.
The Mitcham Development Plan was comprehensively amended in November 1998 in respect of residential development. This Plan also reflects the strategic planning directions and imperatives of the State Government. The Plan can be viewed at the Council Civic Centre, Blackwood and Mitcham Library, or a pdf copy of the Plan can be downloaded from the sa.gov.au web site.
The Development Act came into effect in January of 1994 and Council has taken part in a review of the new Act conducted by the State Government.
How is a Development Plan Amended?
Council's can amend and change policies contained within a Development Plan by undertaking a Development Plan Amendment (DPA). A DPA goes through a number of processes including preliminary investigations, consultation with government and non-government agencies as well as public consultation. The Minister for Planning then authorises the DPA as suitable to form an amendment to the Council's Development Plan.