A list of key strategic Council projects helping to facilitate the planning, growth and development of the district:
Open Space Plan
Adelaide Plains Council has developed an Open Space Plan to guide the provision, development and management of open space across the district for the next 10 years and more. The Plan relates to open space that is owned or managed by Council and includes parks, sportsgrounds and natural areas. The Open Space Plan includes concept masterplans for the design and future development of the Mallala, Two Wells and Dublin Oval sites.
The management and development of the Adelaide Plains Council’s coastline presents an ongoing challenge in balancing the competing demands of the coast as a valuable environmental, social, cultural and economic resource. Coastal projects and studies are undertaken by Council to help protect the coastal environment and promote appropriate activities as the Council population increases.
Coastal Settlements Adaptation Study
The University of South Australia (UniSA) was commissioned by the Adelaide Plains Council to undertake work on a Coastal Settlements Adaptation Study in May 2013.The prime focus of the study was to evaluate how rising sea levels will impact on the settlements of Parham, Webb Beach, Thompson Beach and Middle Beach and to propose adaptation strategies to cope with changes in sea level and sea flooding.
Coastal Settlements Adaptations Study: State of Play Report (October 2013)
Coastal Settlements Adaptations Study: Framework Reports (August 2014)
Community Emergency Management Plans (CEMP)
The predicted impacts of climate change, including sea level rise and an increase in the frequency and height of storm surge events present a potential risk to coastal settlements and their communities, as well as to Council assets.
Following a recommendation from the Coastal Settlements Adaptation Study, Council is working collaboratively with local coastal communities, the Emergency Services and service and infrastructure providers in the district to prepare for future flood events through the development of Community Emergency Management Plans (CEMP).
Using information provided in the CEMPs, landowners and residents are strongly encouraged to develop their own Household Emergency Management Plan (HEMP). A HEMP template has been developed to assist landowners/residents with this task.
A summary of the Middle Beach CEMP has also been provided in the form of a magnet and poster:
Storm Water and Flood Management
Areas within the Adelaide Plains Council are subject to flooding from a variety of sources including the Light River, the Gawler River and from localised urban surface water runoff. Flooding from Salt Creek can also occur due to the Light River and the Gawler River.
Gawler River and Light River Floodplain Mapping
Floodplain mapping for the Gawler River and the Light River has been prepared by Australian Water Environments to help guide development decisions, infrastructure works and mitigation measures in flood-prone areas.
Two Wells Stormwater Management Plan
Adelaide Plains Council has prepared a Two Wells Stormwater Management Plan (SMP) to help plan future infrastructure upgrades in the township. The Two Wells SMP sets out key actions that are considered priority responses for improved stormwater management in Two Wells.
Primary Production, Horticulture and Rural Lands
The Northern Food Bowl
The 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide provides a strong commitment to growing the State’s food industry, making the best use of water resources and protecting areas of valuable primary production land.
As part of the Northern Adelaide Plains ‘food bowl’, the Adelaide Plains Council district is an area of major primary production and horticulture significance which is vital for the economic future, not only of the Adelaide Plains district, but also the entire Northern Adelaide Region.
A number of regional and district wide studies have been undertaken in the last few years to help plan for the long-term sustainability of broadacre farming and the horticulture industry in the region. Copies of these studies are available below:
An amendment to the Development Plan which investigated the need for changes to planning policies and Development Plan Zones to secure the future development and sustainability of Council’s food production areas was prepared in 2017. The Draft DPA was endorsed by Council at its Ordinary Meeting on 20 November 2017 and formally submitted to the Minister for approval on 6 December 2017.
The Food Bowl DPA includes the expansion of Council’s existing Horticultural Policy area and the creation of ‘Precinct 5 Horticulture’ which sets a reduced minimum block size of 4 hectares in two new areas, one north of the Gawler River, to the east of Old Port Wakefield Road, and the other at Port Wakefield Road/Middle Beach Road, Two Wells. The designation of two new Urban Employment Zones provides for a mix of business and employment activities that have a focus on food processing, packing and manufacturing. The DPA also includes updated mapping of both the Gawler River and Light River.
The DPA was formally approved by the Minister for Planning on 15 February 2018 and gazetted on 20 February 2018 to form a new consolidated version of Council’s Development Plan.
Two Wells Town Centre Redevelopment
Two Wells services a residential population of approximately 800 persons and also operates as a service centre for the wider retail catchment.
Approval of the Two Wells Residential Development Plan Amendment (DPA) in 2013 facilitated the expansion of the Two Wells township by an additional 3,000-3,500 dwellings which will accommodate between 8,000 and 11,000 new residents.
The current level of services located within the Two Wells town centre are not sufficient to cater for the predicted increased demand in residential population and it is proposed that land to the south of Old Port Wakefield Road will eventually form a new expanded commercial, retail and community heart of Two Wells. A Two Wells Town Centre DPA was approved in April 2016 to facilitate the future development of the town centre.
All rezoning and planning policy amendments proposed through both the Two Wells Residential DPA and the Two Wells Town Centre DPA have now been incorporated into Council’s current Development Plan. Key background documents to the DPAs can be accessed below: