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Charles Sturt Development Plan

A Development Plan Amendment (DPA) may be prepared by the Minister or Council. As part of this process draft policies are available for public comment for at least two months and Council must consider all submissions made and report to the Minister on these submissions and its responses. The final draft must be approved by the Planning Minister before it can come into legal effect as part of the authorised Development Plan.

SA’s Planning Reforms

In April 2016, Parliament passed the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act) to implement a new planning system which will replace the current system under the Development Act 1993.

This new legislation introduces the biggest changes to the South Australian Planning System in 25 years and will affect how development applications are lodged and assessed.

New land use planning documents will be introduced to replace the Development Plan and South Australian Planning Strategy.

Changes include: 

  • Establishing an independent State Planning Commission.
  • Establishing a new Community Engagement Charter.
  • Delivering new planning tools for professionals and the public.
  • Developing new assessment pathways and a planning professional accreditation system.
  • Delivering an online planning portal as a one-stop-shop for planning information and lodging development applications.

The new PDI Act will be implemented in stages during the next three to five years.

The City of Charles Sturt is continuing to undertake strategic planning and assess development applications under the current planning system, while preparing for the transition to the new legislation.

For more information on the implementation of the new planning system visit the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure's SA Planning Portal at

Grange Road, Findon Development Plan Amendment (DPA) (Privately Funded)

The City of Charles Sturt is undertaking investigations to re-zone the Affected Area as shown on the map below.  These investigations are being privately funded by ALDI Stores (A Limited Partnership). 

The DPA investigations will consider amendments to the current planning policy to facilitate retail development opportunities within the Affected Area, which is currently located in the Mixed Use Zone. 

Following the completion of the investigations a draft DPA may be prepared and released for public consultation.  Further details on the proposed consultation process and how submissions can be made to Council will be provided at that time. 

For more details please contact Jim Gronthos, Senior Policy Planner on (08) 8408 1265 or