New planning system for SA

South Australia’s urban and regional planning system is currently undergoing its biggest reform in over 25 years.

The State Planning Commission is leading the change. The resulting planning system (that will be operational by 1 July 2020) will be underpinned by the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act) which introduces a raft of new planning tools.

The new planning and development system will affect how development policy is formed and amended, and how development applications are lodged and assessed.

The changes

Some of the changes to the Planning and Development system include:

  • The establishment of the State Planning Commission as the state's independent, principal planning body that provides advice and makes recommendations on the administration of the PDI Act.
  • A Community Engagement Charter released by the Minister for Planning, which seeks to increase community influence in the policy setting stage.
  • The PDI Act requires the Planning and Design Code to be created. This will become the state's single planning rulebook for assessing all development applications, removing the existing 72 Council specific Development Plans.
  • Establishing a professional accreditation scheme for planners and building surveyors to provide increased confidence for development applicants and communities that decisions are being made by qualified and experienced professionals who regularly undergo training and are audited for competency.
  • Deliver an online planning portal as a one-stop-shop for planning information and lodging and assessment of development applications

Planning and Design Code

During 2019, the focus of consultation will be on the Planning and Design Code (P&D Code). The consultation and implementation of the P&D Code would be phased as follows:

  • Phase 1: Land Not within a Council Area
  • Phase 2: Regional Councils
  • Phase 3: Greater metropolitan Adelaide

There will be an opportunity for you to comment at each phase of consultation as the policies may ultimately impact the City of Adelaide.

Have your say

Throughout the reform process, the State Planning Commission will be releasing a number of papers for consultation. The City of Adelaide encourages you to find out what’s happening and provide feedback to the State Government.

Visit the State Government’s SA Planning Portal to find out what’s happened and what’s currently on consultation.

If you would like to share your feedback with the City of Adelaide also, please send to [email protected].