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Morphettville Racecourse amendment

Current status

The Morphettville Racecourse Development Plan Amendment (DPA) (6.9 MB PDF) was approved by the Minister for Planning by notice in the South Australian Government Gazette on 7 May 2020. A subsequent Gazettal on 21 May 2020 corrected an error to Concept Plans in both council Development Plans.

Purpose of the amendment

The Minister amended the Development Plans of Marion and West Torrens councils to enable new land uses on surplus racecourse land at Morphettville.

The policy change enables a medium to high density housing and mixed use precinct to be developed on parts of the racecourse land including land identified by the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) as surplus to their needs. The amendment also affects land fronting Anzac Highway between (and including) the Junction Bar and Bistro and Morphett Road, as well as the land west of Morphett Road containing tram barns, residences and commercial activities.

The inner metropolitan location offers great access to transport and will cater for a range of activities and medium to high density housing options.

The purpose of the DPA was to provide a zoning framework that facilitates the creation of a new inner urban mixed use neighbourhood integrated with a new permanent tram stop and upgraded racing facilities.

The amendments affected the Marion and West Torrens council Development Plans as follows:

Marion Council Development Plan

  1. Rezoned part of the Morphettville (Racecourse) Zone that affects land immediately north of the racecourse (surplus to SAJC) to a new Urban Core Zone to support medium to high density mixed use and residential development.
  2. Rezoned the Commercial Zone west of Morphett Road to Industry Zone – Infrastructure Policy Area to reflect the role of the land for tram storage and maintenance.

West Torrens Council Development Plan

  1. Rezoned the existing Commercial Zone land located between the Glenelg tram line and Anzac Highway to Urban Core Zone to support medium to high density mixed use and residential development.

Area affected by the amendment

The community information sheet (1.7 MB PDF) included a map of the site and also provided details about the proposed amendment and the amendment process.

The development plans affected were:

Consultation process

Consultation on Ministerial DPAs is conducted by the State Planning Commission, established to act as the state’s principal planning advisory and development assessment body to provide advice to the Minister for Planning.

A drop-in information session was held on 7 October 2017. The period for receiving written public submissions closed on 3 November 2017, followed by a public meeting held on 15 November 2017.

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