Rural Areas and Character Review Community Consultation

Council is consulting with the community abut changes to policies that will be used to guide and assess future development in rural areas.

The Character Preservation (Barossa Valley) Act 2012 has established the Barossa Valley District to ensure the special character of the district is recognised, protected and enhanced whilst providing for the economic, physical and social wellbeing of the community.  It restricts new residential development in the rural areas and protects the Barossa from urban sprawl to Adelaide’s north.

Council has also recently completed its Strategic Directions Report 2013 which prioritises the need to review rural areas.  In June Council commenced a Rural Areas and Character Review (the Review) to address these priorities.

Council is now seeking to update the Development Plan that is used to guide and assess new development to ensure that it promotes development that is desirable and discourages development that is not.  To guide future changes to the Development Plan, the Council is undertaking the Rural Areas and Character Review.  The Review includes consideration of the following key issues:

  • Landscape character
  • Design and siting of new buildings
  • Primary production and value-adding
  • Wineries and related development
  • New dwellings in rural areas
  • Land division and lot amalgamation
  • Managing the interface between different primary production activities, and between primary production activities and residential development

Share your views on the issues and planning policy options being considered in the Review by providing a written submission by Friday 1 August.

There will be a drop-in information session at The Barossa Council Nuriootpa offices on Wednesday 23 July 2014 – drop in anytime between 3.00pm and 7.00pm.

More information about the Review and how you can give your feedback is contained in the consultation documents that can be downloaded below.

Consultation Documents

Rural Areas and Character Review Community Consultation Brochure

Rural Areas and Character Review Summary of Issues and Options for Public Consultation

The Rural Areas and Character Review Summary of Issues and Options is also available for download in individual sections relating to the main issues considered in the Review:


New Dwellings in Rural Areas

Land Division, Creation of New Allotments and Boundary Alignment

Interface and Buffer Management

Wineries and Ancillary Development

Primary Production - Diversity and Value Adding

Building Siting and Design

Landscape Character

Public Submission Form