Planning Mitcham's Built Future

Mitcham is a thriving City, known for its avenues of trees, its beautiful parks, reserves and gardens, its historic homes and unique historical areas and its magnificent views from the hills.

Today there are over 66,000 people living in the City of Mitcham, which is projected to increase to 70,000 by 2031. There are also approximately 5,000 registered businesses operating in our local council area generating over 28,000 local jobs and $3.05 billion in Gross Regional Product.

Significant development is planned or occurring in and around Flinders University; the Flinders Medical Centre and the Repatriation General Hospital. Works to improve the Darlington Interchange, which includes an extension to the Tonsley Rail Line, are re-shaping how people travel to and around the City.

In order to continue to influence Mitcham’s built future, Council is working with the community to prepare a Spatial Vision for the City. The Spatial Vision identifies:

  • Areas where opportunities for significant change should be investigated
  • The strategic outcomes for these areas
  • Key strategic connections and movement corridors
  • Areas where small-scale, incremental change is anticipated
  • Areas where no change is anticipated

Structure Plans are to be produced for those areas with the potential for significant change. These Structure Plans display more detail as to how we (as Council and the community) want the City to develop in the future.

Special Character Areas are to be identified where Council and the community feel that additional protection against inappropriate development is necessary to protect that character.

Understanding how and when to get involved in the strategic planning process can be confusing. The purpose of this section of Council’s website is to provide some insight and clarity on these matters.

Current Planning System

The current planning framework includes the Development Act 1993 and the Mitcham (City) Development Plan.

The State Government’s Planning Reform agenda is currently being implemented, which will result in Council’s Development Plan being replaced by the Planning and Design Code in 2018.

Planning Reforms

The passage of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 has initiated the biggest overhaul to South Australia’s planning system in over 20 years. Details of these reforms can be accessed at the SA Planning Portal.

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