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.
- Open Space Plan - Directions Report - September 2016
- Open Space Plan - Background Report - September 2016
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).
The first CEMP can be accessed below:
Using information provided in the CEMP, landowners/residents are strongly encouraged to develop their own Household Emergency Management Plan (HEMP). A HEMP Poster and HEMP Magnet have been developed to assist landowners/residents with this task.
Coastal Access Strategy
The Adelaide Plains Council is preparing a Coastal Access Strategy to facilitate protection of the coastal environment for present and future generations to enjoy, whilst providing access and facilities for compatible recreational pursuits as well as for educational purposes and scientific research.
Consultation with the community and key stakeholders will be undertaken on the Coastal Access Strategy once a draft report has been prepared.
Stormwater 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
The Adelaide Plains Council has prepared a DRAFT 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 Mallala District is an area of major primary production and horticulture significance which is vital for the economic future, not only of the Mallala 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:
- The Northern Food Bowl: Virginia and Northern Adelaide Horticultural Plains – A Framework for Future Action (2013)
- Virginia and Northern Adelaide Horticultural Plains Study – State of Play Report (2013)
- Mallala Broadacre Farming Study (June 2015)
- Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme: Market Proving Study (February 2015)
Council is currently in the process of preparing an amendment to the Development Plan which will investigate the need for changes to planning policies and Development Plan Zones to secure the future development and sustainability of our food production areas.
You can view progress of the DPA here:
Horse keeping is largely focused within Council’s Animal Husbandry and Rural Living Development Plan Zones as an ancillary use within existing residential allotments. Within the district there are very limited facilities that meet the needs of recreational horse riders and the use of local reserves for horse riding activities can often be incompatible with other recreational land users.
In 2015, an Equestrian and Horse Keeping study was undertaken to investigate whether the establishment of an equestrian/intensive horse keeping precinct is warranted for Council’s area and whether there are suitable land parcels that can be facilitated for such a use in the future.
- Equestrian/Horse Keeping Study – Stage 1a Interim Report (May 2015)
- Equestrian/Horse Keeping Study – Stage 1b Report (October 2015)
Further consideration of facilities for equestrian activities and / or horse keeping, particularly via changes to Development Plan policy, will be undertaken through a Development Plan Amendment.
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:
Salt Creek Remediation Working Party
The Salt Creek Remediation Working Party was formed in May 2013 as a result of a resolution of Council. The resolution was passed following requests from a group of community members to address recreational boat access in and out of Salt Creek.
The purpose of the Working Party is to:
• Consider and discuss options and proposals that will remediate and enhance the recreational use of Salt Creek between the Middle Beach boat ramp and western edge of the Middle Beach lagoon, a distance of approximately 400 metres.
• Develop concept plans and general cost estimates of a preferred solution.
• Consider projects that will utilise materials made available during the remediation process.
• Develop grant applications that can capitalise on future funding opportunities.
• Coordinate key stakeholder input into the preferred solution.
• Identify potential funding sources that minimise community and Council funds.
More information below: