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Spotlight on: Morphettville and Plympton Park

Friday 29 Sep 2023
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As our city continues to grow, we wanted to give you an update on the development proposal for our suburb of Morphettville put forth by the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC).

The proposal is for Land Division to create 190 dwellings (for residential purposes, and including allotments identified for the provision of ‘Affordable Housing’), with associated ancillary road, pedestrian, stormwater infrastructure and open space reserves.

At the time of this article (September 2023), the application has been submitted on the State Government’s PlanSA Portal but awaits formal assessment, pending the payment of lodgement fees.

Council staff are reviewing the proposal, especially concerning traffic generation, stormwater disposal and provision of future open space (however, the legislation we abide by is controlled by State Government). SAJC's recent community consultations has been attended by local residents who raised traffic apprehensions. We have undertaken our own traffic survey on an earlier iteration of the application, focusing on the potential impacts of the nearby Tram Overpass Project. A detailed assessment of the local traffic impacts in relation to the latest application will be undertaken to determine any required design amendments or development approval conditions, prior to Council approval.

The development is in-keeping with a re-zoning of this land undertaken by the State Government in 2019. The State Government was satisfied the development could proceed based on relevant infrastructure capacities that did not require the SAJC to commit to any major upgrades (other than those particularly required for their development).

Marion Council remains dedicated to ensuring that the development aligns with legislation, community needs, and safety. We want our area to allow for growth in a way that benefits Morphettville's residents, while also addressing associated traffic challenges.

The decision will be made by the Council Assessment Manager and our Council, as an elected body, has no formal role in the assessment process. If you’d like to learn more about how our areas are planned and the process involved, visit the PlanSA website.