At what stage is this current Code Amendment?
- The Minister for Planning approved the Proposal to initiate a Golden Grove Neighbourhood Zone Code Amendment on 28 April 2023 and the developer is responsible for progressing the investigations. Significant investigations have already occurred since July 2021.
- You can track the progress of the Code Amendment via the PlanSA website. Select the relevant Code Amendment and add your email address at the “Subscribe to be notified” link.
Why have there been so many different versions of the Proposal to Initiate a Code Amendment?
The Code Amendment has been initiated by developers and they have adjusted the scope as circumstances have changed. Each of the adjustments have triggered a formal change which needs to be approved by the Minister for Planning. In summary there have been four versions:
- Golden Grove (Rural Living Zone to Neighbourhood-type Zone) Code Amendment (Council-led and withdrawn)
- Golden Grove Commercial/Retail Code Amendment (Developer-led and withdrawn)
- Golden Grove Neighbourhood and Commercial Code Amendment (Developer-led and withdrawn)
- Golden Grove Neighbourhood Code Amendment (Developer-led and active)
Who is responsible for leading the current Code Amendment process and undertaking the investigations?
What are the conditions that the Minister for Planning has imposed on the current Proposal to Initiate?
The key conditions imposed by the Minister are summarised as follows:
- For land within 300-500m of the quarry boundary investigations must be undertaken to the satisfaction of the EPA on noise monitoring and air quality (outside of a La Nina year).
- Public engagement in relation to rezoning of land within the 300-500m radius can only occur with approval from Planning & Land Use Services (PLUS).
- Public engagement for rezoning of land beyond 500m of the quarry boundary may be undertaken at any time from now without the approval of PLUS.
- Prior to approval of the Code Amendment all deeds and agreements regarding infrastructure have been executed to the satisfaction of all parties.
- Consultation with specified stakeholders and in accordance with the Community Engagement Charter.
- Prior to adoption of the Code Amendment, the Minister for Planning must be satisfied that all necessary agreements or deeds are fully executed as required to secure the funding or delivery of all necessary infrastructure to accommodate the development of the area that will be rezoned.
Will the community have an opportunity to have their say and when?
- Community engagement is a legal requirement (under the Planning Development and Infrastructure Act).
- Once the investigations are completed the community can comment on the draft policies and rezoning proposal which are detailed in the draft Code Amendment.
- The exact timing of when formal community engagement will commence is not set at this stage.
- The timing of community engagement will depend on how long other steps in the process take, including all the investigations.
- The developer is responsible for undertaking community engagement and presenting the feedback in an Engagement Report that will be presented to the Minister for Planning.
Has Council made a decision on this rezoning?
- No, Council has not made a decision on the rezoning. Council is no longer leading the amendment process however the developer will continue to engage with Council in particular in relation to the provision of road, stormwater and social infrastructure.
Traffic and bushfire issues
- These issues are being considered, along with other important issues, as part of investigations.
- The investigations will also consider upgrades to One Tree Hill Road.
What other investigations will cover
Detailed investigations are being undertaken on the matters below:
- Aboriginal and historical heritage
- Ecology and fauna
- Utility services
- Environmental due diligence
- Social infrastructure
- Demand for rural living land
- Infrastructure schemes
- Residential land supply and demand
- Environmental food production area
- Noise and air quality – the Minister for Planning has required specific investigations into air and noise quality over a 12-month period.
How do I register my interest for a block of land?
- The sale of housing allotments will be managed by the developer or their agents, not by Council. You might like to monitor the developers websites: YAS Property & Development and Villawood Properties
- The rezoning needs to occur first, and there’s no guarantee this will happen, then a master plan for land division needs to be prepared and approved before the first stage of allotments can be released to interested purchasers by the developers. This could take several years.
- Allotments will be released in stages over 10 to 15 years.
Who owns the land proposed to be rezoned?
- The land is owned by private land owners.
How was it decided which developers will develop the area?
- As each land holding is privately-owned, the two developers have negotiated agreements with the majority of land owners regarding a rezoning of their properties with the intention of developing the properties for housing and commercial uses.
- Council has no part in negotiations between the land owners and the developers.
- The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act allows developers and landowners to undertake a Code Amendment.
- Council has received a financial contribution from the developer towards the costs of undertaking investigations.
Is there additional infrastructure planned?
- The development will include the infrastructure required to support a new development of this scale and will include the usual storm-water networks, roads, street lighting, street trees, telecommunications, sewer, water, etc.