Townships and Urban Areas DPA now approved

After 13 years in formulation, the Townships and Urban Areas Development Plan Amendment (DPA), the largest ever undertaken by our Council, has been approved by Minister for Planning.  This amendment to the AHC Development Plan was gazetted on., and is in effect from, 24 October 2017.

The new Development Plan can be downloaded here.
This is a major achievement and a significant effort over the past few years. Three previous versions had been lodged to the Minister for consideration before the most recent version was endorsed.

The key policy changes are as follows:

  • introduction of formal zones and Policy Areas for the townships of Balhannah, Oakbank, Lobethal, Charleston, Birdwood, Gumeracha and Kersbrook;
  • introduction of separate Policy Areas for 'Stirling and Aldgate' and 'Bridgewater' within the Country Living Zone;
  • criteria which, if satisfied, would allow for the creation of smaller allotments in some townships and the Country Living Zone;
  • the introduction of 'Desired Character Statements' which describe how a particular place should be developed in the future;
  • providing further opportunities to construct housing for older and young people;
  • improving policies relating to energy efficiency;
  • introduction of 'Settlement' Policy Areas within the Watershed (Primary Production) Zone to provide specific guidance for the settlements of Verdun, Inglewood and Lenswood;
  • a 'Lobethal Abattoir' Policy Area within the Watershed (Primary Production) Zone to provide specific guidance for this high impact activity in a way that is not addressed in the current Zone;
  • a Mixed Residential Zone around the Stirling District Centre and Crafers Local Centre Zones to provide a greater range of accommodation types close to shops and public transport;
  • rezoning of community ovals in Kersbrook and Birdwood to Public Purpose Zone, recognising these as community facilities;
  • amalgamation of four of the five Residential Zones in Rostrevor, Woodforde and Teringie into one Residential Zone with two Policy Areas;
  • rezoning two properties in Stirling/Aldgate from Public Purpose Zone to Country Living (namely Beechwood and St Joseph's Convent) as these properties are no longer in public or community ownership;
  • providing further opportunities for home-based businesses; and
  • the introduction of new policies from the State's Planning Policy Library in both the Council Wide (now General) section and in the zones addressed by this DPA.

    Any enquiries regarding this DPA should be directed to:
    Mike Flehr, Senior Strategic and Policy Planner
    8408-0503 or