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Development Plan/Policy

The Development Act 1993 establishes Development Plans as the primary legal document to guide new development in South Australia.  The Development Plan for each council area contains the zones, maps and explicit rules that guide and control what can and cannot be done on any piece of land within the area.  They are also the basis upon which applications for new development will be assessed and any appeal decisions are made.

Development Plans outline which land uses are envisaged in a zone and those uses which are not contemplated. 

Development Plans contain objectives, principles and policies that will control and affect the design and location of proposed land use activities. The Plans can also spell out the desired character for a given area or zone.