Zoning & guidelines for development

The City of Unley Development Plan sets out planning zones, lists complying and non-complying land uses within each zone and provides development principles and design techniques.

Zoning

To find out the zoning of your property, please refer to the Planning Development Map or State Government Map Viewer.

Guidelines

The following fact sheets have been created to provide guidelines on any development.

  

District Central zone (Unley Central Precinct)

TheCity of Unley Development Planwas amended by the Unley Central Precinct Development Plan Amendment (DPA) on 4 July 2017 to revise and update the District Centre Zone (and supporting policy eg Vehicle and Bicycle Parking, Medium and High Rise Development - 3 or More Storeys) to facilitate a higher density mixed use and residential hub in the heart of Unley.

FACT-SHEET-District-Centre-Zone-October-2017(PDF, 3MB)

Residential zone

The City of Unley Development Plan was amended by the Village Living & Desirable Neighbourhoods Development Plan Amendment (DPA) Stage 2 (Residential Character, Growth Areas and Council Wide Residential and Policy Review) Part 1 (EAST) on 4 July 2017 by the introduction of the Residential Zone encompassing a Policy Area with two precincts.

See below fact sheets for more information:

Residential Zone - Policy Area 12(PDF, 2MB)

Residential regeneration zone

The City of Unley Development Plan was amended by the Village Living & Desirable Neighbourhoods Development Plan Amendment (DPA) Stage 2 (Residential Character, Growth Areas and Council Wide Residential and Policy Review) Part 1 (EAST) on 4 July 2017 by the introduction of the Residential Zone encompassing a Policy Area with two precincts.

See the factsheets below for more information:

Residential Regeneration (RR) Zone(PDF, 1MB)

RR Zone - Policy Area 13(PDF, 378KB)

RR Zone - Policy Area 14(PDF, 817KB)

RR Zone - Policy Area 15(PDF, 735KB)

RR Zone - Policy Area 16(PDF, 800KB)

Residential historic (conservation) zones

The City of Unley Development Plan was amended by the Village Living and Desirable Neighbourhoods Development Plan Amendment (DPA) Stage 1 (Residential Historic Conservation & Streetscape Character Areas Pilot) in November 2009 to expand and revise the existing Residential Historic (Conservation) Zone to include 7 policy areas.

Policy Area CH1 (Goodwood Estate)(PDF, 769KB)

Policy Area CH2 (Parkside St Ann's Estate)(PDF, 781KB)

Policy Area SH3 (Fullarton Roseberry Estate)(PDF, 398KB)

Policy Area SH4 (Millswood Page Estate)(PDF, 680KB)

Policy Area SH5 (Millswood Wooldridge Estate)(PDF, 733KB)

Policy Area SH6 (Malvern/Trimmer Estate)(PDF, 3MB)

Policy Area SH7 (Unley Park Heywood Estate)(PDF, 946KB)

Residential streetscape

The City of Unley Development Plan was amended by the Village Living and Desirable Neighbourhoods Development Plan Amendment (DPA) Stage 1 (Residential Historic Conservation & Streetscape Character Areas Pilot) in November 2009 (interim effect from November 2008) to introduce the new Residential Streetscape (Built Form) Zone, encompassing 3 distinct policy areas – Compact, Spacious and Grand.

Residential Streetscape (Built Form) Zone Policy Area 8: Compact(PDF, 3MB)

The City of Unley Development Plan was amended by the Village Living and Desirable Neighbourhoods Development Plan Amendment (DPA) Stage 1 (Residential Historic Conservation & Streetscape Character Areas Pilot) in November 2009 (interim effect from November 2008) to introduce the Residential Streetscape (Built Form) Zone, encompassing 3 distinct policy areas – Compact, Spacious and Grand. Stage 2 of the DPA (Residential Character, Growth Areas and Council Wide Residential Policy Review - Part 1 [EAST]) on 4 July 2017 introduced two additional Precincts 9.10 and 9.11 to the Spacious Policy Area.
 

Residential Streetscape (Built Form) Zone Policy Area 9: Spacious(PDF, 3MB)

The City of Unley Development Plan was amended by the Village Living and Desirable Neighbourhoods DPA Stage 2 (Residential Character, Growth Areas and Council Wide Residential and Policy Review) Part 1 (EAST) on 4 July 2017 by the introduction of the Residential Streetscape (Landscape) Zone, encompassing the Spacious Policy Area and three distinct precincts.
 

Residential Streetscape (Landscape) Zone Policy Area 11: Spacious(PDF, 2MB)

Guides for development in built form and heritage conservation zones

If your property is located in a Built Form or Heritage Conservation Zone, refer to these information sheets about development in these areas.

Identify valued residential buildings which should be conserved and their key characteristic attributes which should be recognised and complemented through contemporary improvements, alterations and additions:

 Appreciating Heritage and Character Dwellings(PDF, 2MB)


Examples of Typical Buildings and their Signature Features:

Contributory Items and Valued Sites(PDF, 390KB)


This information sheet aims to clarify the key characteristics of valued original fences which should be conserved and characteristic attributes which should be recognised and reinforced with property improvements and new development:

Complementary Residential Fences, Gates & Gardens(PDF, 1MB)


This information sheet aims to clarify the primary policy parameters and principles of good design that will reinforce the desired features of valued dwellings, their streetscape character and the sensitive incorporation of alterations, additions and vehicle garaging to accommodate contemporary living:

Traditional Valued Dwelling Alterations and Additions(PDF, 1MB)


This information sheet aims to clarify the primary policy parameters and principles of good design that will reinforce the desired streetscape character but reasonably allow for the sensitive incorporation of contemporary vehicle garaging needs: 

Complementary Residential Vehicle Garaging and Driveways(PDF, 667KB)


This information sheet aims to clarify the primary policy parameters and principles of good design that will reinforce the desired streetscape character but accommodate the sensitive incorporation of contemporary new dwellings:

New Dwelling Contextual Design(PDF, 670KB)


This information sheet outlines the requirements of the "Design Context Report" for the analysis of prevailing and desired site and design parameters and illustration of how and why a proposed design response suits its context. The City of Unley Development Plan promotes a good contextual design approach and reinforcement of the applicable desired character and streetscape while allowing for sensitive incorporation of contemporary improvements, new dwellings and design: 

Design Context Report for Significant or New Residential Development(PDF, 901KB)


This information sheet outlines the building design language and terms used to analyse and describe prevailing and desired site and building design context and parameters. Use of a common language will help in mutual understanding of how and why proposed design responses can suit their context. The City of Unley Development Plan promotes the adoption of a good contextual design approach and reinforcement of the desired character and streetscape while allowing for sensitive incorporation of contemporary design, improvements and new dwellings:

Building Design Language - A Glossary of terms(PDF, 589KB)

Guides to urban corridor zones

These fact sheets contain extracts from the City of Unley Development Plan and will help you determine how you can develop a property in the Urban Corridor Zones.

Urban Corridor Zone - Boulevard (Greenhill Road)(PDF, 4MB)

Urban Corridor Zone - Business (Leader Street & Maple Avenue)(PDF, 2MB)

Urban Corridor Zone - High Street (Unley Road)(PDF, 2MB)

Urban Corridor Zone - Transit Living (Anzac Highway)(PDF, 2MB)

Design guide for development & stormwater management

This Guide outlines the key statutory and policy requirements for the management of stormwater on development sites.

Design Guide for Development & Stormwater Management(PDF, 6MB)

Community land

The Local Government Act 1999 provides the legislative framework for the care, control and management of Council reserves and other public land within the City of Unley—also referred to as Community Land.

The Act requires councils to prepare Community Land Management Plans and to keep a register of all community land within its area.

Community Land Plan(PDF, 550KB)  

Register of Community Land ownership(PDF, 174KB)