Development matters and land uses are controlled by Council to ensure orderly development throughout the City and also to protect the quality of residential and business life in Mitcham.
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 the Council Civic Centre, Blackwood and Mitcham Libraries, or a pdf copy of the Plan can be downloaded from the Government of South Australia 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.
Changes in land use, the erection of new buildings or structures, advertising signs and building alterations all require planning and building approval. In hills areas, excavation and filling of land (more than nine cubic metres) requires Council approval. The division of land also requires planning approval. Development approval is also required for any tree damaging activity to a significant tree.
Please click here for details on regulated and significant trees and the additional controls which affect the City of Mitcham as declared by the Minister.
Special circumstances also apply within Colonel Light Gardens where due to its State Heritage Area status, the sphere of control is extended to all sectors including State agencies, utilities providers and Council staff.
Before starting any development please discuss your intentions with Council as your time and money can be saved by knowing your obligations, responsibilities and rights in advance.
Applications which are Category 3 Development notices are advertised in The Advertiser and are available by clicking here.
Planning Reforms 2014
The State Government has established an Expert Panel on Planning Reform to review the state's planning system, and to provide advice to the Government and Parliament for potential reforms. More information on this can be found here.