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. 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 draft Code.

Consultation on the draft Planning and Design Code

Further to an initial round of community consultation in early 2020, the State Planning Commission has now released a revised version of the Code for a further six weeks of public consultation. This second round of community consultation closes on 18 December 2020.

Community Information Sessions are now underway. Upcoming events that may be of interest are the sessions being held at Glenunga Hub on Wednesday 9th December and Thebarton Community Centre on Tuesday 15th December (note date change due to the venue being seconded for Covid testing).

To have your say go to Revised Planning and Design Code Consultation.

To assist understanding of the changes in the revised Code, the State Planning Commission has developed a range of supporting materials including a Summary of Post-Consultation Amendments which outlines the Commission's recommendations and key changes in response to previous feedback received on the draft Phase Three Code. This and a number of other instructional guides and factsheets are accessible from the PlanSA portal.

The indicative timing for the Government's implementation of the Code is early 2021.

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.

Council provided a submission to the State Planning Commission in February 2020. The submission can be viewed in our Document Library in the right-hand column.

Council will continue to monitor and provide feedback to the Government of South Australian as changes are proposed and implemented.