Commercial forestry amendment
Need for the amendment
The state government is proposing changes to the planning policies applying to commercial forestry development in seven council areas across the Mount Lofty Ranges region.
The councils affected include:
- Barossa Council
- Adelaide Hills Council
- District Council of Mount Barker
- Alexandrina Council
- City of Victor Harbor
- District Council of Yankalilla
- sections of the City of Onkaparinga.
The proposed changes introduce consistency in policy that will apply across existing zones which already envisage commercial forestry as a potential activity within those councils.
The proposed changes seek to introduce policies into the development plans which:
- ensure that commercial forests are established in the most appropriate locations to limit their impact on the environment
- ensure that commercial forests are appropriately set back from dwellings and powerlines and that bushfire protection measures are followed
- designate commercial forestry as a form of development in areas that have been recognised as being appropriate for such development
Further detail on the proposed changes is contained in a development plan amendment document which was released by the Minister for Urban Development and Planning for public consultation on Monday 21 April 2008. For an alternative version of this document see Planning contacts.
The consultation process
The Commercial Forestry DPA was on interim operation for 12 months from the start of the public consultation period.
Interim operation is used when the Minister considers that it is necessary in the interests of orderly and proper development. In this case, the Minister wishes to ensure that the issues outlined above must be addressed immediately when a development proposal is received for a commercial forest in an area already zoned for this type of use.
This does not mean however that changes to the policies cannot occur following the consultation. Changes can occur if considered appropriate and your views and those of other individuals and organisations will certainly be taken into account.
The consultation process was run by the Development Policy Advisory Committee, an independent statutory committee which provides advice to the Minister on planning and development issues. The consultation included the acceptance of written submissions and two public meetings.
Written submissions on the DPA were received for a period of two months, from Thursday 21 February 2008 to Monday 21 April 2008.
The public meetings were held on:
- Monday 5 May 2008 at 7.00 pm in the Ballroom, Auchendarroch House, 17 Adelaide Road, Mount Barker SA 5251
- Thursday 8 May 2008 at 7.00 pm in the Investigator Room, Whalers Inn Resort, 121 Franklin Parade, Encounter Bay SA 5211.
Following the consultation process and the receipt of a report from the Development Policy Advisory Committee, the Minister will consider whether to make amendments to the DPA, and then whether to proceed with its implementation.
If the DPA is adopted, the policy and mapping changes proposed will be made to the seven relevant development plans.
For an alternative version of this document see Planning contacts.