The Barossa Council will proceed with the Sturt Highway Service CentreDevelopment Plan Amendment (DPA), paving the way for highway development adjacent Belvidere Road at Nuriootpa.
The DPA was spearheaded by a developer, who in May 2017, approached council to establish a petrol station, restaurant, convenience store, parking, playground and public amenities on the corner of Sturt Highway and Belvidere Road.
Council resolved to proceed with the development, following community consultation held in December last year, which attracted 23 written submissions and 10 agency comments.
According to the council's DPA investigations document, the site is zoned as primary production and is located within The Barossa Character Preservation District.
'The design, cladding, colour, scale and layout of the buildings will be important to the integration of the development into the landscape, noting that the land is located in the Character Preservation District,' the document noted.
Major themes included whether this type of facility is needed; increased road safety risks at an existing poor intersection; and concerns about noise, location and impact on amenity.
In response to the submissions, council resolved to adopt the DPA with changes that will address noise, air quality and odour, as well as safe and convenient access for all vehicles, including the largest vehicles expected to access the site.
Mayor Bim Lange said the potential risks and benefits were carefully considered, and checks and balances remain in place for prospective developers.
"Effectively this new policy makes developments such as a petrol station a merit form of development, however any such application still needs to go through a rigorous development approval process," he said.
Council's decision is subject to Ministerial approval.