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Central Ranges

Sustainable-production:  Land use planning

Low Priority

What is this issue

Loss of productive land due to development, sub-division of properties and change in land use.

Impacts of the issue

Reduced area for productive agriculture. 


  • 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 planning staff and devolving the workload to local government

Who plays a role

  • Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
  • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
  • Environmental Protection Authority
  • Industry groups
  • Local Government (Mid Murray Council, Barossa Council, Adelaide Hills 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
  • 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 value 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, through a schools kitchen garden program for example

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

  • Support the concept of a Mt Lofty Ranges World Heritage bid or 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