The way has finally been cleared for a major residential development on Port Augusta’s Westside to begin.
Minister for planning John Rau will publish approval for the Port Augusta West Development Plan Amendment (DPA) in the State Government Gazette tomorrow.
The newly approved Port Augusta West DPA provides the necessary zoning to provide for future growth of the area west of Kittel Street across to the airport.
A major component of the DPA is the provision to build up to 3000 houses near the airport, which will provide the city with a major residential development that will secure its housing needs for coming generations. Mayor Joy Baluch said she was pleased to finally see the approval given the ministerial sign-off, which concluded a frustrating process.
“The rezoning of this land has been a long process with quite a few hurdles but council has persisted and we are very pleased the Port Augusta West DPA has now been approved,” Mrs Baluch said.
Council began work on rezoning the land following an approach by a developer to establish a residential development on Port Augusta’s outskirts about five years ago.
It then entered into a contract to sell the land with Bowhill Properties Pty Ltd, and Port Augusta city manager Greg Perkin said the rezoning of the land was the final formality to be signed off for the deal to go ahead.
“Council will now create a title for the land and we then expect to finalise our contract to sell the land,” Mr Perkin said.
The project will ensure that Port Augusta is well placed to capture further residential growth in the region because the comprehensive planning of the estate will provide amenities equal to any other housing estate in the state.
“We are fortunate to have a master plan for this development which allows for service provisions such as schools and shopping areas, and provides a well-planned area to accommodate future growth.
“No-one is expecting the entire area to be developed in the next five years.
“It is likely it will be a 20 to 30-plus year project that gives provision for future residential growth in Port Augusta.”
The new residential development will provide the city with a fourth major residential area, with the city presently divided into three distinct areas with Stirling North, Port Augusta and Port Augusta West.
“The way Port Augusta caters for its residents is very unique and offers a variety of lifestyle choices, and this latest development will only add to that choice,” Mr Perkin said.
“People who live in Port Augusta are very fortunate in that they have all the amenities and services that go with living in a city, while still retaining the feel of a small country town because of the four distinct residential precincts.”