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Council has approved the Onkaparinga Local Area Plan

We are pleased to say Council has approved our new Onkaparinga Local Area Plan (OLAP). The OLAP provides an outline of where, how and when we plan for different types of urban development to occur over the next 10 + 10 years and what strategic infrastructure and services will be required to enable this development. You can also view the OLAP on a Page.

The OLAP provides a strategic framework through its 12 strategies, organised in to four themes:

  • Plan for Growth
  • Shape Our City
  • Diverse Housing + Lifestyles
  • Effective + Efficient Infrastructure

This strategic framework provides a robust guide for future planning decisions, the provision and timing of infrastructure and to prepare us to respond to current and future growth opportunities and challenges. The OLAP is not about setting a growth target, it is not about encouraging growth – it’s about being prepared for growth.

Our 12 strategies will ensure that growth occurs in a sustainable way that protects our environment and supports our communities.

Community engagement was important in informing and shaping the OLAP. The OLAP was prepared with input from our community and business leaders and the wider community. You can read the results in the OLAP Engagement Feedback Report.

More than 59,000 people were reached across four promotional City of Onkaparinga Facebook video posts resulting in 253 people engaging in a post by liking, commenting or sharing it. We had 1,101 people visit our Onkaparinga Looking Forward page.

Overall, the concept of the OLAP was generally well received and many of the strategies received overwhelming support.

We noted that Strategies 1 and 7, which focussed on population growth and greenfield residential development, were the most contentious with the community. Whilst some disagreed, it was acknowledged that some growth is inevitable and this highlighted the importance of planning for the future but with a need to protect the environment, agricultural land and the value and charm of living in the City of Onkaparinga.

Strategies 2, 4 and 6 were generally welcomed but exposed questions or concerns from the community for consideration. We received strong support for strategies that encouraged well-designed residential development and promoting ageing in place and social sustainability. The strategies that were least contentious, as determined by the people who participated from the 23 suburbs across the City, were strategies 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

The OLAP strategies will guide growth in our City in a manner that respects the unique lifestyle, protects the environment and improves community wellbeing.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the preparation of the OLAP.

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