SA's Planning Reforms

Background

In April 2016, the South Australian Parliament passed the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act) to implement a new planning system which will replace the current system under the Development Act 1993.

This new legislation introduces the biggest changes to the South Australian Planning System in 25 years and will affect, amongst other matters, how development applications are lodged and assessed.

Key Changes Proposed

New land use planning documents will be introduced to replace the Development Plan and South Australian Planning Strategy.

Changes delivered to date include:

  • Establishing an independent State Planning Commission and committees to support the commission.
  • Establishing a new Community Engagement Charter.
  • Establishing an Accredited Professionals Scheme.
  • Setting the state planning policies.
  • Setting an assessment framework and Planning and Design Code for out of Council areas.
  • Partial delivery of an on-line planning portal to support the new system.

Upcoming changes include:

  • Delivering new planning tools for professionals and the public.
  • Delivering an online planning portal as a one-stop-shop for planning information and lodging development applications.
  • The creation of a Planning and Design Code (Code) (required under the PDI Act). This Code will become the state's single planning rulebook for assessing all development applications, removing the existing 72 Council specific Development Plans across all council areas including the existing Development Plan that currently applies to the City of Charles Sturt.

The State Government’s current advice is that formal consultation on the Code, as it will apply to our Council area will commence in October 2019. It is then intended to come into operation in July 2020.

Every property will have its planning provisions / zoning modified to some degree by the revocation of Council’s Development Plan and its replacement with the State-wide Planning and Design Code.

The extent and nature of the changes to existing zones and policy areas is however, not yet clear but will become so once the State Planning Commission has released the Code for formal statutory consultation (as required under the PDI Act) in October this year.

Council's Role

The City of Charles Sturt is continuing to undertake strategic planning and assess development applications under the current planning system, while preparing for the transition to the new legislation. We will continue to monitor and provide feedback to the Government of South Australian as changes are proposed and implemented.

For More Information

For more information on the implementation of the new planning system and follow community consultation opportunities visit the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure's SA Planning Portal at http://www.saplanningportal.sa.gov.au/

Background

In April 2016, the South Australian Parliament passed the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act) to implement a new planning system which will replace the current system under the Development Act 1993.

This new legislation introduces the biggest changes to the South Australian Planning System in 25 years and will affect, amongst other matters, how development applications are lodged and assessed.

Key Changes Proposed

New land use planning documents will be introduced to replace the Development Plan and South Australian Planning Strategy.

Changes delivered to date include:

  • Establishing an independent State Planning Commission and committees to support the commission.
  • Establishing a new Community Engagement Charter.
  • Establishing an Accredited Professionals Scheme.
  • Setting the state planning policies.
  • Setting an assessment framework and Planning and Design Code for out of Council areas.
  • Partial delivery of an on-line planning portal to support the new system.

Upcoming changes include:

  • Delivering new planning tools for professionals and the public.
  • Delivering an online planning portal as a one-stop-shop for planning information and lodging development applications.
  • The creation of a Planning and Design Code (Code) (required under the PDI Act). This Code will become the state's single planning rulebook for assessing all development applications, removing the existing 72 Council specific Development Plans across all council areas including the existing Development Plan that currently applies to the City of Charles Sturt.

The State Government’s current advice is that formal consultation on the Code, as it will apply to our Council area will commence in October 2019. It is then intended to come into operation in July 2020.

Every property will have its planning provisions / zoning modified to some degree by the revocation of Council’s Development Plan and its replacement with the State-wide Planning and Design Code.

The extent and nature of the changes to existing zones and policy areas is however, not yet clear but will become so once the State Planning Commission has released the Code for formal statutory consultation (as required under the PDI Act) in October this year.

Council's Role

The City of Charles Sturt is continuing to undertake strategic planning and assess development applications under the current planning system, while preparing for the transition to the new legislation. We will continue to monitor and provide feedback to the Government of South Australian as changes are proposed and implemented.

For More Information

For more information on the implementation of the new planning system and follow community consultation opportunities visit the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure's SA Planning Portal at http://www.saplanningportal.sa.gov.au/