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Rezoning to address housing crisis

8th May 2023
Barunga West Council on 5 May 2023 received approval from South Australia’s Minister for Planning to initiate a process to rezone Rural land near Fisherman Bay to Residential.

Council is seeking to rezone the land to allow for another 230 allotments to be created in response to demand for coastal living on the Yorke Peninsula.

Barunga West Council CEO Maree Wauchope said the land in question was 26 hectares of average farming land near Fisherman Bay.

“Rezoning of this land has been talked about for years and now that the Fisherman Bay Freehold project is well underway, and our Community Waste Water infrastructure has capacity to accommodate further growth, we can start the process,” Ms Wauchope said.

“What has been approved is for Council to start consultation and undertake further investigations including working with the owner to develop a Master Plan and Infrastructure Deed for the area.

“Ultimately, we are seeking to come up with a plan that sees another 230 residential blocks created within the next four years.”

The housing crisis confronting the Yorke Peninsula and Mid North of South Australia can be partly attributed to a shortage of residential land. This proposal to rezone land near Fisherman Bay for residential development is one measure that will assist in addressing the worsening crisis.

The proposed Code Amendment will be subject to significant community consultation, and endorsement by the Council does not necessarily mean the Minister will approve the rezoning.

If the rezoning is approved, it could take up to four years before the first house is built.

“This proposal is part of our responsibility to ensure there is a reasonable pipeline of residential land in the system for release and redevelopment,” Ms Wauchope said.

The proposed rezoning will bring significant benefits to the region, including increased job opportunities and a boost to the local economy. The Barunga West Council is committed to working with the community and stakeholders to ensure the success of the proposed rezoning.