Published Thursday, 8 April 2021

The State Planning Commission is undertaking a statutory review into the Environment and Food Production Area (EFPA) which were established in 2017 as part of South Australia’s new planning system.

The EFPA was introduced to help protect our prime food and wine regions from urban encroachment by supporting sustainable growth in Greater Adelaide’s existing urban footprint where supporting infrastructure already exists.

The Commission’s review will initially focus on the statutory tests including consideration of the suitability and adequate supply of land to support urban renewal and consolidation within Greater Adelaide, followed by a review of the EFPA boundaries.

The EFPA review is planned to be delivered via a staged program from April to September 2021 with Stage 1 of the review involving an internal analysis of Greater Adelaide’s 15-year land supply and Stage 2 providing opportunities for external stakeholder and community engagement. Stage 2 will include a submissions period and public hearing in mid-2021.  On completion, the Commission will deliver its ‘Findings Report’.

Local Government Areas currently covered by the EFPAs include the Adelaide Hills, Adelaide Plains, Alexandrina, Burnside, Campbelltown, Light Regional, Mitcham, Mid-Murray, Mount Barker, Murray Bridge, Playford, Salisbury, Tea Tree Gully, Victor Harbor and Yankalilla. Barossa and Onkaparinga are covered by the Character Preservation Districts.

The EFPA is required to undergo statutory review every 5 years under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 with the first review due to be completed by 2022.

The EFPA operates in a similar way to the Character Preservation Districts in the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale.

Further Information:

Read the State Planning Commission Media Release (PDF, 373 KB)

Visit PlanSA to find out more about the EFPA.

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