Statewide wind farms amendment
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The Statewide Wind Farms Development Plan Amendment (DPA) - was approved by the Minister for Planning by notice in the South Australian Gazette on 18 October 2012.
The Statewide wind farms DPA community information sheet - provides details about the amendment and the amendment process.
A statement by the Minister - explains what changes were made to the DPA to address the concerns raised during the consultation process.
Purpose of the amendment
The purpose of this DPA is to review land use policy applying to wind farms, with a view to providing greater clarity and certainty for communities and investors about renewable energy development.
The DPA introduces new and amended policies for wind farms and ancillary development at the general (council-wide) level and in zones where such facilities are appropriate and therefore more likely to be located.
The policies in the DPA recognise wind farm facilities as an envisaged form of development in some zones of relatively low population densities. It also recognises that wind farms may need to be located in prominent locations to take advantage of the wind required for effective operations.
Area affected by the amendment
Consultation on Ministerial DPAs is conducted by the Development Policy Advisory Committee (DPAC), an independent statutory committee which provides advice to the Minister for Planning.
Public consultation on the amendment closed on 13 December 2011. Four public meetings were held:
- Tuesday 17 January 2012 at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, Adelaide
- Tuesday 24 January 2012 at the Naracoorte Town Hall, Naracoorte
- Tuesday 31 January 2012 at the Port Wakefield Soldiers Memorial Hall, Port Wakefield
- Thursday 2 February 2012 at the Peterborough Town Hall, Peterborough.