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Character Preservation Acts Review

The Character Preservation (Barossa Valley) Act 2012 and the Character Preservation (McLaren Vale) Act 2012 are currently being reviewed as required by legislation.

This legislation provides that the special character of the two districts is recognised, protected and enhanced while providing for the economic, physical and social wellbeing of the communities within the districts.  It restricts the creation of additional residential development in the rural areas of the districts to halt urban sprawl to the north and south of Adelaide’s built-up area, thereby seeking to provide for continued viable farming and primary production activities.

The scope of the review involves an assessment of:

  • the family, social, economic and environmental impacts of the Act
  • the impact of the Act on the Councils within the district
  • any changes to the district as a result of the Act 
  • any actions that have may have been undertaken to address any negative impacts of the Act.

The Department has developed a discussion paper (PDF, 2584 KB) in consultation with affected councils and State Government agencies. Public consultation on this paper closed at 5.00 pm on 28 February 2018.


Page last modified Friday, 16 March 2018