Kangaroo Island Development Plan

Each council area or district of the state will have a development plan, however each may be distinctly different in addressing local matters.

The Kangaroo Island Development Plan (KIDP) is a statutory policy document of the State Government of South Australia, which guides the type of development that can occur within the Kangaroo Island Council area. Intending builders, developers and planners can utilise the KIDP in formulating, designing and ultimately in assessing development applications against the respective applicable objectives and principles implemented by the KIDP - these objectives and principles can be simply described as local development rules.

Role of the development plan

Development plans contain objectives, principles and policies that will control and affect the design and location of proposed land use activities. These policies cover a range of social, environmental and economic matters and have been established to support the longer term direction of the state’s planning strategy and community aspirations. The plans can also spell out the desired character for a given area or zone.

The KIDP serves to:

  • inform the community about how an area is expected to be developed
  • inform neighbours about the kinds of development they can expect in their neighbourhood
  • inform applicants about the type of development that is encouraged in an area, therefore the type of information that may be required in a development application
  • provide the basis against which development assessment decisions are made
  • provide the basis upon which any appeal decisions are made.

The KIDP separates land within the Kangaroo Island Council area into a number of different zones, with each zone expressing the aims to ensure that the needs of residents, primary producers and business can be achieved in the most beneficial manner and provides protection for sensitive land from indiscriminate development. The KIDP outlines what land uses are envisaged in a zone and those uses which are not contemplated.

Structure of the development plan

Development Plans are often used in reverse - starting in the Mapping section - identification of land, zones, policy areas or precincts and bushfire risk. In the Table section - consideration of relevant tables for heritage listing, prescribed building setbacks, car parking requirements. In the Zone section - investigation of zone specific provisions, desired character, envisaged land uses and what constitutes non-complying development, and in the General section - considering the overall Council wide provisions that apply to the kind of development proposed i.e. residential forms of division, land division or tourist accommodation - usually these are more qualitative provisions that set standards that development should achieve.

The KIDP contains:

  • an index of the plan's sections for convenient reference
  • general provisions – which are applicable broadly across the entire Kangaroo Island Council area
  • zone provisions – specific geographic areas in which specific policies applies such as Residential, Primary Production, Coastal Conservation or Commercial zones
  • policy areas and precincts – which are areas with specific attributes or parameters for development, usually a sub-area within a zone such as a Heritage or Core Retail policy area
  • tables – information that is usually of a technical nature and relates either to the whole council area or may be land use or location specific, such as car parking requirements, building setbacks or state / local heritage listings
  • zoning maps, bushfire risk maps and structure or concept plans