Character Preservation Act review complete

A review of the Character Preservation (Barossa Valley) Act 2012 and the Character Preservation (McLaren Vale) Act 2012 has recently been completed and signed off by Planning Minister Stephan Knoll.

The Review Outcomes Report was tabled by Minister Knoll in Parliament on June 19, 2018, and is now available on the SA Planning Portal website.

The scope of the review involved an assessment of the Act’s family, social, economic and environmental impacts; the impact on the Councils within the district; any changes to the district as a result; and any actions that have may have been undertaken to address any negative.

“The Act has been shown to achieve its primary purpose, that is, to define the towns in the Barossa and stop unnecessary residential development on primary production land,” Mr Knoll said.

“There are a number of issues that we are looking at cleaning up as part of the review and I have asked the State Planning Commission to look into how we can address those.”

During the four-month consultation period, 40 submissions (30 written and 10 online feedback forms) were received from the local government sector, members of parliament, peak bodies, industry groups and individual community members.

More than half of the submissions were from, or on behalf of, residents within the Barossa Character Preservation District, or government and industry bodies with significant connections to the region.

Four main recommendations were made as a result of the review.

These were:

  1. Retain the legislation for the protection for the character preservation districts
  2. The State Planning Commission investigate the merit of the proposed amendments to the character preservation districts in the context of Greater Adelaide’s growth
  3. Introduce a statutory review process that provides for amendments to the boundaries of the character preservation districts
  4. Provide for greater consistency and clarity of policy within the character preservation districts in preparing the Planning and Design Code.

The review concluded that no immediate changes to the Acts would be pursued until the State Planning Commission had led a proper review and investigation into boundary adjustments, policy refinements and improved processes to make such amendments.

To view the report and submissions, and for more information, visit