South Australians are being encouraged to have their say about proposed changes to planning policy that will protect the future viability of Mount Compass' 18-hole golf course and ensure any future development is in keeping with the character of the area.
Consultation is now open on the Mount Compass Golf Course Estate Code Amendment and members of the community are being urged to submit feedback.
Minister for Planning and Local Government Vickie Chapman said the proposed Code Amendment aimed to provide greater clarity on development potential in the area.
"The community has raised concerns about the type and scale of development that should be permitted in this area, which is why we want to hear from the public to ensure we get the balance right," Ms Chapman said.
"These changes aim to protect the long-term viability of the 18-hole golf course while ensuring any future development reflects the character and amenity of the area."
Key aspects of the proposed Code Amendment include: Rezoning the golf course and residential area from Neighbourhood Zone and Recreation Zone to Golf Course Estate Zone. Introducing a 'concept plan' to show the location of an 18-hole golf course.
The Golf Course Estate Zone generally applies to golf course estates that include a mix of residential and golf course-related development.
The Mount Compass Golf Course currently has the Recreation Zone applied.
During the consultation period, information sessions have been planned.
If you wish to attend, please book via; https://mtcompassgolfcourseestate.eventbrite.com.au/
Session times are session 1, Tuesday, September 28, 3pm - 5pm and session 2, 6pm - 8pm.
Attendance can be at any time within the booked session time. The venue is the Mount Compass War Memorial Hall, 5 Peters Terrace, Mount Compass.
Further information about the proposed Code Amendment can be found on the PlanSA website.
Consultation is open until October 22.
Residents have continued to express concerns over the potential redevelopment of the Mount Compass Golf Course for hundreds of housing allotments.
An online petition created by resident Shae Townley calling for the cessation of plans to develop the golf course had more than 1700 signatures and both Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie and Member for Finniss, David Basham have spoken out against plans to develop the site.
Golf course estate resident and Alexandrina councillor Bill Coomans said the local community felt "totally abandoned by the political system that is supposed to protect them in times of need".
"The possibility of losing a renowned 18-hole golf course to a huge housing estate is a disgrace, an absolute tragedy to what they hold dear," Mr Coomans said.
"Residents chose to live here and committed financially because of the rural character of this area and the clean natural environment.
"The zoning has always primarily accommodated recreational land use activities (golf course) and then complemented by an adjacent low-density residential area."