Protecting and preserving our vital food and agricultural lands from urban sprawl is a key outcome of the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act), which is realised by the introduction of the Environment and Food Production Areas (EFPAs) surrounding metropolitan Adelaide.
EFPAs have been introduced to help protect our vital food and agricultural lands and contain the threat of urban sprawl by reducing the ability to subdivide land for housing development. The EFPAs work in a very similar fashion to the Character Preservation Areas in the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, which have been successfully in place since 2013.
Importantly, EFPAs only affect land division for residential purposes and do not affect development proposals for new buildings, structures or land division for other purposes.
Unless you intend to apply to divide your land for residential purposes, the EFPAs will not have any effect on you.
If you are within a rural living area within an EFPA, and you intend to divide your land for residential purposes, then from the 1 April 2017, you will have a two year period in which to lodge an application.
Any application made during this period must adhere to the land division rules that were in place as at 1 December 2015 within the local Development Plan (i.e. if your land is not large enough to support a subdivision, it may not be approved).
After the two year period (1 April 2019), land division creating additional allotments to be used for residential development will not be permitted within the EFPA.
There are several reasons why the EFPAs are being introduced, but primarily they are being put in place to:
Protecting our important agricultural areas has economic benefits as well as providing future food security for South Australia and avoiding the food bowl pressures. These areas are also important environmental assets that promote South Australia as a great tourism destination.
Should you wish to speak to someone in further detail about the impacts of the EFPAs on land division in rural living areas, please contact one of the following affected Councils:
Public information sessions within the regions are currently being planned for early May. Dates, times and venues will be announced here in the near future.