Southern Innovation Area amendment

Current status

The Minister for Planning has released the Southern Innovation Area DPA (13.8 MB PDF) for public consultation from 4 July 2017 to 29 August 2017.


The DPA is intended to support the delivery of zoning improvements to enable integrated land use and transport outcomes from the $620+ million Government Darlington Upgrade Project including the additional freeway extension and extended Tonsley train line to the Flinders University / Flinders Medical Centre site (Flinders Link).

Purpose of the amendment

The DPA will:

  • reflect the needs of a modern and growing university and health precinct through
    the introduction of a new Regional Activity Zone that provides for a greater range
    and mix of land uses
  • provide greater flexibility for intensification of employment, commercial, education,
    health and technology activities, supported by opportunities for high density
  • provide opportunities for medium to high density residential (including housing for
    the aged) and supportive low scale retail and commercial development adjacent key
    activity areas or transport routes
  • encourage creation of a western gateway to Tonsley and extend the ‘high street’
    environment to Marion Road
  • increase opportunities for a range of housing styles and densities
  • provide additional protection to the Warriparinga Wetlands.

Area affected by the amendment

The community information sheet (608.6 KB PDF) includes a map of the site and also provides details about the proposed amendment and the amendment process.

The development plans affected are:

Viewing the amendment

There are three ways to view the proposed amendment:

  1. Download the Southern Innovation Area DPA (13.8 MB PDF) document
  2. View a copy at:
  • City of Marion
    245 Sturt Road, Sturt
    Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
    Phone: 8375 6600
  • City of Mitcham
    Civic Centre, 131 Belair Road, Torrens Park
    Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
    Phone: 8372 8888
  • City of Onkaparinga
    Ramsay Place, Noarlunga Centre
    Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
    Phone: 8384 0666
  • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
    Level 5, 50 Flinders Street, Adelaide
    Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
    Phone: 7109 7007

3. Ask the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to post the document to you.

Consultation process

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.

As part of the consultation process, you may:

  • comment on the DPA by making a written submission to the committee
  • attend a public meeting if you wish to be heard by the committee or raise any matter not previously raised in your written submission.

Making a Submissions

You can make a written submission up to the closing date, 5.00 pm on Tuesday 29 August 2017. The following methods area available:

  • on the SA Planning Portal
  • by post:
    Presiding Member, DPAC
    Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
    GPO Box 1815, Adelaide SA 5001

Submissions should be marked Southern Innovation Area DPA.

Your submission should clearly indicate whether you wish to be heard at the public meeting. All submissions received are public documents.

Drop-in sessions

There will be two drop-in sessions held in the Flinders University Foyer, Ground Level 1284 South Road, Tonsley (via Tonsley Boulevard) on:

  • Wednesday 9 August 2017 from 4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
  • Saturday 12 August from 11.00 am to 1.30 pm.

Public meeting

DPAC has scheduled a public meeting as follows:

  • Tuesday 12 September 2017 at 7.00 pm
    Marion Bowling Club
    262 Sturt Road, Marion

DPAC may not hold the public meeting if no one asks to be heard. Please check this page or the DPAC website before the public meeting date.

Related information

On this site

About development plans
The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide
South Australia's planning policies


Guide to development plans and development plan amendments (660.2 KB PDF)

Other websites

South Australia's Strategic Plan
South Australia's Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan
SA Planning Portal

For an alternative version of a document on this page contact Development plans and amendments team.

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