South Australia

Proposed legislation introduced to protect Barossa and McLaren Vale

PROPOSED legislation that aims to protect Barossa and McLaren Vale from urban sprawl and inappropriate industrial development was introduced to South Australian Parliament yesterday.

Minister for Urban Development, Planning and the City of Adelaide, John Rau, said the legislation would be subject to a four-week consultation period to give the community a final chance to consider the measures for the two tourism, wine and agricultural districts.

An interim Development Plan Amendment (DPA) for the Barossa and McLaren Vale districts, which complements the proposed legislation, has been effected by the Minister and is operative immediately.

The DPA will require the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) to consider any development applications that may be at odds or inconsistent with the new legislation.

"The DPA will work to avoid an influx of inappropriate development applications prior to the legislation being enacted," Mr Rau said.

He said the legislation, developed following an extensive six-week community consultation process, would protect the districts by restraining certain types of development.

"While the legislation will end urban sprawl, it will also improve opportunities for appropriate development that will support the character of the areas, such as sympathetic tourism and wine industry projects," Mr Rau said.

Under the Bill, the independent DAC will be appointed as the authority to assess applications for land divisions in the Barossa and McLaren Vale.

The legislation says the DAC must refuse applications that propose additional allotments for residential development, or industrial development that would be detrimental to the special character of the districts.

"In other words, under the Bill no new residential development will be allowed outside town boundaries in the Barossa and McLaren Vale districts," Mr Rau said, adding that industrial development will only be allowed if it fits with the character of the districts.

The legislation stipulates a review within five years of its commencement, with the responsible Minister required to table the review report in both Houses of Parliament.

The government said the legislation, the Character Preservation (McLaren Vale) Bill 2011 and the Character Preservation (Barossa Valley) Bill 2011, was designed after a public consultation period that attracted more than 220 submissions.

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