Where we are with DPA 2

Further to my post on this website today about Council’s program of Development Plan Amendments I can comment more specifically on where we are with DPA 2.


After the strong contribution to DPA 2 by you, particularity those residing in Back Forest and Clarence Park, we conducted a preliminary review prior to the Council caretaker period for the November 2014 elections. The elections unfortunately delayed further progress until a complete review was presented to the new Development, Strategy & Policy Committee and then to Council in April 2015.

The review took on board your contribution and in respect of Black Forest and Clarence Park has all but recommended we maintain the status quo. In other words the proposed changes have been withdrawn almost in their entirety. Higher Density is still contemplated for the aged accommodation precinct at the South Road end of Norman Terrace, Everard Park.

Council also agreed with a suggestion from DPTI to split the Residential DPA into two parts:

Part 1 – east of a line along Goodwood Road, tram-line and East Avenue for final approval by the Minister for Planning

Part 2 – west of a line along Goodwood Road, tram-line and East Avenue for approval to release for re-consultation.

Part 1 was submitted in June 2015 for approval by the Minister for Planning. Approval is anticipated later in August 2015.

The necessary preparation of a revised DPA Part 2 (for the western areas – excluding Anzac Highway and Leader Street as these areas are now part of the Corridors Ministerial DPA) is being prepared.

Conclusion and submission of a revised draft DPA Part 2 to the Minister for approval to release for public consultation should occur by August 2015. The timing and coordination of the public release of the Residential DPA Part 2 will need to be considered in the context of the Minister’s Corridors DPA, and also with the Council’s General DPA, to avoid confusion and convergence of resource demands.

Where we are with DPA 2 right now. Watch this space as time marches on.


  1. Tom   •  

    I believe that Black Forest along the tram line should share some of the pain of urban renewal. It’s a transit corridor and would benefit from higher density housing. It’s in keeping with what is desired.
    The rest of Black Forest can remain lower density, although 2 storey should be allowed. Perhaps 3 storey on corner blocks.
    What happened last time withDPA2 was a bit of a farce.

    • Don Palmer   •     Author

      Thank you for your input Tom.

      I have just checked the draft and the western end is including in the Residential Regeneration Zone that allows density between 3-5 stories, just as Norman Terrace.

      The current zoning for the remainder of Black Forest already permits 2 storey. This has been the case for some 30 years from memory.

      I agree with you that the original consultation was challenged by confusing documentation. That is why Jennie and I sent so much time door knocking the affected areas; to make sure they know what was being proposed.

      As chair of the current committee I will be looking for a much cleaner and simpler documentation.

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