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Southern Fleurieu

Sustainable-production:  Land use planning

Low Priority

What is this issue

Land availability for primary production declining with elevated values for lifestyle blocks. 

Impacts of the issue

  • Less land available for primary production values (including change in land management practices)
  • 'Right to farm' issues limiting management activities on productive agricultural land


  • Population growth
  • Urban development (30 year Greater Adelaide Plan)
  • Proximity to city
  • Value of land for other uses
  • Undeveloped titles
  • Conflicting land use


  • Lack of buffers between productive land and urban development
  • Unrealistic expectations by urban dwellers moving in and rural residents
  • People enjoying living in housing estates
  • Current planning system; perceptions of the system, is it functioning the way it should?
  • Water resource limitation and the lack of capacity to trade
  • Lack of resource to conduct quality planning
  • State government not replacing panning staff and devolving the workload to local government

Who plays a role

  • Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board
  • Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
  • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
  • Environment Protection Authority
  • Industry groups
  • Local Government (District Council of Yankalilla, City of Victor Harbor, Alexandrina Council)
  • Primary Industries and Regions SA
  • Regional Development Boards
  • SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board
  • State government (policy, planning)

Strategies and Actions

Support the local production of clean, green, premium food and wine

  • Encourage profitable enterprises to re-capture agricultural land, i.e. value adding
  • Build a food culture: Develop the market for clean and green local food. Market food and wine trails to demonstrate the value of productive land
  • Support ideas for value-adding and selling at the farm gate
  • Raise community awareness of the values of local production
  • Raise awareness of the real costs of food production
  • Educate youth, our next generation about the value of food production to the region e.g. through a schools kitchen garden program

Review development planning policy to reduce the loss of productive agricultural land

  • Support the concept of an Mt Lofty ranges World Heritage bids/status
  • Build the capacity of NRM and Local Government planning staff in development policy and referrals process
  • Consider new policy options to limit further urban expansion into productive agricultural land

Help producers adapt to a changing climate

  • Develop alternative crops and foods in light of a changing climate