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almond plot may be regarded as a hobby farm
by some definitions, and yet it can produce a
considerable annual income through farmgate
and farmers' market direct sales, and con-
tribute in lots of other ways to the cultural his-
tory and heritage of the region as an
almond-growing area, not to mention con-
tributing to the general character of the dis-
trict from a tourism point of view," the
"The same could be said for 4.5ha olive
allotments and so on. We think this kind of
land use is part of the future of agritourism for
the region, so if a useful definition cannot be
provided then perhaps you might consider
removing the item 'hobby farms' entirely from
the class of 'detrimental development' types."
A proposal for an independent reference
panel of 'insiders' and 'outsiders' to advise on
policy, especially 'significant impact' applica-
tions -- and contained in the groups' original
submission -- was also a point of contention:
"The same combination of outside expertise
and inside knowledge could be achieved for
important decisions by running any 'signifi-
cant impact' applications past the local DAP
(development assessment panel) as well as the
state DAC (development assessment commis-
sion). It would also be useful for the legisla-
tion to include a clear definition or set of
criteria for determining 'significant impact'."
Other issues the groups were keen to raise
included non-complying development and
council's own development applications, auto-
matic dwelling rights and the interim DPA.
The latter point supports council submis-
sions that the DAP may unnecessarily restrict
or delay valid development applications and
supports an amendment of the interim DPA to
follow this advice.
DIRECTOR of Chalk Hill Winery
Tom Harvey (pictured),
McLaren Vale, has
the job of bring-
within the draft
legislation for pro-
tection of the icon-
ic wine regions.
specifically with the Character Preservation
(McLaren Vale) Bill 2011, we are keen to high-
light areas in the legislation that we believe need
clarification or amendment which could apply to
the The Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale
Protection Districts Development Plan
Amendment," he said.
"We want to work with Planning Minister John
Rau and keep an open dialogue going.
Tom said the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and
Tourism Association and the Southern Community
Coalition were also dealing with Family First MLC
Robert Brokenshire and his Liberal counterpart
David Ridgway to address concerns in the draft
"This is once-in-a-generation legislation -- we
have to get it right," he said.
Open dialogue to address points of concern
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